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  1. Enjoy Herbal Tea From Your Own Garden

    Enjoy Herbal Tea From Your Own Garden

    We all love growing herbs in our gardens. It's wonderful to have them at hand when cooking, and it's so nice to enjoy their good looks, scents and flavors while wandering the garden, too. But there are really only so much herbs you can use while cooking on a day to day basis. Why not use up your herbal surplus by making herbal teas? Most herbs that are commonly grown for tea, like Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm and Spearmint, can be steeped both fresh and dried, so be sure to plant enough to store for the colder months, when a hot cup of tea will warm you up and remind you of your garden while it's covered in snow.
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  2. The 10 Easiest Flowers to Grow from Seeds

    The 10 Easiest Flowers to Grow from Seeds

    There's a certain level of pride and satisfaction that comes from starting seeds indoors, under grow lights. Setting up the lights, choosing just the right seed starting mix, sowing the seeds carefully, and watching over the soil for little sprouts to emerge. But darn it all, don't you sometimes want to just shove a seed into the ground, splash it with a hose and come back in a few days to see it growing all on its own? That can happen... Some annual flowering varieties actually prefer being sown where they're meant to grow. Here are our top ten picks for the absolute easiest flowering annuals to grow from seeds!
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  3. Space-Saving Veggies for Small Gardens

    Space-Saving Veggies for Small Gardens

    If you have a veggie garden on the small side, or if you're just starting out in the world of veggie gardening, there are certain crops you might hesitate to grow because they take up too much real estate. If you're feeling hemmed in by the constraints of your garden, try these smaller versions of normally-space-hogging veggies. They'll help you make the most of your garden's square footage, and make summertime dinners so much more interesting and delicious.
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  4. Winter Gardening Fun

    Winter Gardening Fun

    It's the depths of winter, and our gardens are peacefully slumbering. We've retreated indoors to cozy up to the fire and catch up on our favorite TV shows. But really, as much as we might enjoy the reprieve that winter brings, does your desire to garden ever sleep? Ours doesn't! Luckily, there is seed starting to plan for, and our seed catalog, but there are so many more ways to keep our gardening minds and hands active in the coldest months, both indoors and out.
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  5. When Should You Start Your Seeds?

    When Should You Start Your Seeds?

    One of the most-asked questions we get here at Kitchen Garden Seeds is, "When should I start my seeds?" It's a good question, and the short answer is, "It depends." It depends on your climate, the type of seeds you're sowing, and more. We thought we'd lay it all out for you in this post, which will help when you're planning your seed order.
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  6. Our Essential Seed-Starting Guide

    Our Essential Seed-Starting Guide

    Starting seeds indoors is fun and satisfying. It saves you money on plants and allows you to grow varieties that you just can't find locally. After months of wintry weather, starting seeds gets your hands back into the soil at long last. Just imagine Eggplants, Tomatoes and Zinnias, all started from tiny seeds. But how does one get started? Here's all the information you need.
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  7. Johnny Jump Ups

    Johnny Jump Ups

    Johnny Jump-Ups Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/4”
    Seed Spacing:1”
    Plant Spacing:5”-8”
    Days to Germination:10-20 days
    Germination Temperature:70°F

    Viola tricolor. This heirloom favorite prefers to be started indoors and transplanted out. Ten to 12 weeks prior to the last hard frost, plant them in a good seed-starting medium at about 70°F. Cover the seeds well and firm them down, since they require darkness for optimal germination. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Once established, thin plants to 2" to 3" apart and grow on at about 55°F. Prior to transplanting when 3" tall, acclimate the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks. After the threat of a hard frost has passed, transplant out into fertile, evenly moist but well-draining soil in full to filtered sunlight. Space plants 5" to 8" apart in the garden. Their flowers are prized
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  8. Sesame

    Sesame

    Sesame Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/8”-1/4”
    Seed Spacing:24”-36”
    Plant Spacing:24”
    Days to Germination:10-14 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

    Sesamum indicum. Sesame loves full sun, well-draining soil and a long, warm season. Gardeners in warm climates can sow seeds directly in the garden after their last frost date, but most gardeners should start seeds indoors 6 weeks earlier and transplant the seedlings out into the garden well after all danger of frost has passed. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then plant them out 12". The attractive plants grow up to 4 feet tall and flaunt little, nodding, tubular, white to pink flowers that yield 1- to 11⁄2"-inch-long seed pods. Allow the pods to begin to dry and split open before harvesting. Lay the pods on sheets of newspaper to dry completely in a protected spot indoors. Ext
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  9. Eggplant link

    Eggplant link

    Soul-Satisfying Eggplant

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  10. Sprouting seeds

    Sprouting seeds


    There are many commercial sprouters out there, but the old jar method works just fine. You can fit mason jars with a special screen or simply use cheese cloth stretched and held in place over the jar mouth with an elastic. Measure out the appropriate amount of seed to sprout (if you have a sprouter, follow the directions that came with it. If using the jar method, add enough seed to just cover the bottom of the jar). Clean, cull (throw out non seeds) and rinse seeds with tepid water before soaking. To soak, add tepid, non-chlorinated water, (3 parts water to 1 part seed) and let soak for the appropriate amount of time for the seed you are sprouting. Discard any non-seed material that floats up. After soaking, drain out the water: the seed should be damp but not wet. Put the jar out of direct sunlight, which could cook the seeds. Every 8 to 12 hours add enough water to cover the seeds and swish around to get all the seeds wet. Drain the water out, leaving the seeds damp but not wet.
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  11. Habitat Flower Garden Planting Instructions

    Habitat Flower Garden Planting Instructions

    Habitat Flower Garden Planting Instructions
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  12. Potato

    Potato

    Gourmet Mini Tuber Growing Instructions

    Plant Like a Pioneer: Grow Potatoes

    Easy Pickin'
    Hand picking is often the best way to get rid of an infestation of Potato beetles--both the fat pink larvae or the striped beetles that follow. If the task disgusts you, get a long extension cord and go out there with a shop vacuum. Use the slot attachment to suction the critters away; it is the one least damaging to the foliage.

    Tips for Harvesting and Storing Root Vegetables

    Deer Resistant Seed Varieties

    Cooking Tip:
    The Perfect Hash Brown Ever notice how hash browns made with leftover boiled Potatoes taste better than ones made fresh from raw Potato cubes? They’re moist and soft inside, crisp on the outside. You can get that effect by boiling the Potatoes first or--simpler y
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