Category: Gardening

Garden Seeds Mushroom Photos

Miriam started her second year of online school with Blue Sky School on September 5th. For PE she needs to do different physical activities or exercises for so many hours in a week. After she had spent most of the day inside setting up her school area and doing online school work, I came in and told her I found some cool mushrooms I wanted her to come out and take pictures of for me. Read More …

The Universe Beneath Our Feet

Here is a pod cast that talks about the life in the soil.  There are millions of living things in the soil that are working to help the plants we see above the ground grow.  We can not live without the fungi, bacteria, etc. in the soil.  There is a food web in the soil that consists of the fungi, bacteria, and the roots of plants all working together to feed each other.     Read More …

Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the combining of trees and shrubs with the raising of other crops or animals.  The USDA Agroforestry page says that in order for a farming system to be considered Agroforestry it needs to be intentional, intensive, integrated and interactive.  There are several different Agroforestry farming methods.   Silvopasture is growing trees in the pasture.  The trees are spread out so that the pasture grasses will still grow.  The cows and other animals that Read More …

Featuring Heirloom Seeds

For the month of February Garden Seeds is featuring Heirloom Seeds Seed Company.  They have been selling heirloom seeds since 1988.  All of the varieties Hierloom Seeds offers are open pollinated (non hybrid) and have been grown by generations of backyard gardeners.  Heirloom seeds are non-GMO seeds.   Here is some of the trivia that is posted on Heirloom Seeds website: Eggplant was once believed to cause fever, epilepsy and insanity.  This  misconception was circulated Read More …

Fungi Course

Basswood and the Fungi Crew made it to the Fungi Academy in Guatemala.  About six hours after Basswood sent me the message that he made it safely he sent a message saying he cut his hand pretty bad and had to get stitches.  He said he has to go to the clinic for daily dressing changes.  I was worried that he would not have enough money to pay for all that.  He wrote back and Read More …

Garden Seeds Website is One Year Old

It is hard to believe that I have been working on this website for a year now.  Our goal for the first year was to get people talking about and using landrace garden seeds with natural landrace gardening methods.  Basswood went down to Guatemala last winter to meet the local people and to learn their gardening techniques.  He also found varieties of heirloom and landrace seeds that he brought back and we grew out in Read More …

Working in Our Landrace Gardens

It has been a while since I took the time to post.  Basswood and I worked hard this summer planting our landrace gardens.  We also planted more than two hundred and fifty trees and a few hundred tree seeds in our food forests.  Basswood’s little sister helped him plant the fava bean seeds he collected on his Guatemala trip last winter.  We are trying to develop different landraces of fava beans, corn, squash, runner beans, Read More …

Featured Seed Company for August

Wow! It has been over a month since I posted something. It has rained on average every other day for the last two months. I know that Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” but this is ridiculous. It has been too wet to work in our landrace gardens and so they are just overgrown weed patches. We do believe in letting some weeds grow but we like to be able to find Read More …

Working Hard on Our Forest Gardens and Big Brother is Watching

Basswood and I have been working hard on our forest gardens.  We planted over a hundred and fifty trees before the rain started.   In a few years these trees will be food for us and the animals, not to mention all the blossoms for the honeybees.  Around several of the trees Basswood planted what he calls a guild.  He puts a couple of nitrogen fixing plants and a dynamic accumulator or two.  While the Read More …

I am too COLD!

I am being punished for complaining about being too HOT in my previous post.  I am too HOT!  I had to close up the honeybee hives because it has been below freezing and they have not been able to fly for three days.  They flew for the first two and a half days after I got them, but I am not sure if they were able to store up enough to get them through this Read More …