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Tips for success in germinating seeds in hot weather

Mother Earth News / Pam Dawling / 27 July 2018

In an earlier post I wrote general themes for starting seeds in hot weather. Here are some specific tricks.

Seed Storage

Viability and vigor of seeds deteriorates when they are stored in warm places, especially if containers are not airtight, and the air is humid. If you have crops you grow in spring and again for the fall, store those seeds in a cool place over the summer.

Chilling lettuce seed can help germination in hot weather. We make a practice of putting our spinach seed in double ziplock bags and putting it in the freezer for two weeks before we attempt late summer sowings. This can trick the seed into germinating better.

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Homemade fertilizer from vegetable scraps

Mother Earth News / Kathleen Cabeceiras / April/May 2016

We’re big fruit and vegetable eaters, so we have lots of rinds and peelings to dispose of. Those, along with coffee grounds, tea leaves and egg shells, really add up to a lot of potential compost.

I bought an inexpensive food blender, which I keep under the kitchen sink when not in use. Every day, I grind up all the peelings, grounds and shells with some water, and then I pour the mixture around my rhododendrons, azaleas and other shrubs. If we have any banana peels, I grind those up with some water and pour the mixture around my roses. Roses seem to love bananas! These “produce smoothies” really are good fertilizer; you should see my rhododendrons in bloom!

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New garden book club

Cosies British Café, Well Grounded Gardens

This is for both the garden and book enthusiast to share an afternoon of conversation and ideas about garden books and gardening while enjoying a cosy refreshing break with friends.

If you are interested in joining us, contact wellgroundedgardens@gmail.com or 613-498-4475 for more information and to register for the first session Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Space is limited so be an early book worm.

The greens and browns of your compost

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Louie / March 2018

Get to know how different browns and greens behave in your system and curate compost ingredients to optimize moisture levels, troubleshoot problems, and af­fect the rate of decomposition.

Knowing the quirks of individual items is particularly helpful if your com­post system has limited space or is in proximity of wary or sensitive neighbors.

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Discussion and demo: Improving your garden soil

Transition Brockville, Brockville Public Library / 19 March 2018

In spring every gardener dreams of a beautiful, productive garden. The best way to realize that dream is to make sure your garden soil is healthy.

Following its presentation of the documentary Symphony of the Soil last month, Transition Brockville has invited Master Gardener Mary Ann Van Berlo to lead a lively discussion and demonstration on how we can improve our garden soil. She’ll present a short slide show at the next Transition Brockville get-together, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library. Then she’ll demonstrate how organic matter can improve the soil porosity of both clay soil and sandy soil.

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Frontenac Co. seed companies: And then there were three

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 18 March 218

A new partnership of three experienced seed producers (Kathy Rothermel, Frank Misek and Annie Richard), Kitchen Table Seed House offers certified organic herb, flower and vegetable seeds grown on Wolfe Island. With Kathy’s market garden experience, Frank’s culinary expertise and Annie’s plant breeding interests, Kitchen Table seeds will be “putting flavour on the table”. Their seeds will be available at Riley’s in Kingston, Sun Harvest in Glenburnie, Schell’s in Bath, Fargo’s on Wolfe Island, Burt’s Greenhouses in Wilton, and Willows Agriservice in Harrowsmith. For more information, go to kitchentableseedhouse.ca or contact them at info@kitchentableseedhouse.ca or 613-385-8569.

Kitchen Table Seed House joins two other local seed companies in Frontenac County. [ more… ]

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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