Owning a garden brings along numerous benefits including instant access to fresh produce, complete control over what you grow and what chemicals and products you use as well as making a positive environmental impact. To ensure that your garden produces yields at its peak, you must learn how to treat it in the right manner. This post focuses on choosing the right garden shed and how to prepare your garden for winter adequately.
Many plant seeds can be saved simply by collecting them as they dry. Tomatoes take a bit more work. The tomato seeds are enclosed in a gel like sack that contains growth inhibitors, preventing the seeds from sprouting inside the tomato. The best way to remove this gel covering is to allow the fruits to rot and ferment. In nature this happens when the fruit falls off the plant. For seed savers, we're going to speed up the process.
A legume is a plant in the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family. The seed pods, or fruits, of these plants have 2 seams that run along the length of the pod, with multiple seeds attached to one of the seams, like the pea pod shown here. When the seeds mature, the seams burst open to distribute them. These dried legume seeds are sometimes referred to as pluses.
Many people get frustrated when the fruit trees they plant in their gardens seem to take forever to bear fruit. Unlike vegetables, tt can take years for a fruit tree to become established enough to produce flowers, let alone set fruit and it can take even longer for the tree to support the heavy crop we dream of. Before you give up on your home orchard, run through these check points.