Plant A Perennial Food Forest In Your Backyard – Sowing Swamp Rose Seeds

heirloom fruit seedsDo you need to own huge tracts of land to grow a perennial food forest?

I’m harvesting wild native food plants and medicinal plant species and redistributing them closer to home the way the natives did it many moons ago. I have a huge food forest that runs miles and miles, all I need to do is reap the harvest when it comes in.

I don’t need to buy certified organic heirloom seeds, I just pick fruits, nuts, and berries from the wild and plant them in new areas. I don’t need specially prepared soil mixtures containing perlite and green sand, I just rough up the earth with a stick. I don’t need property or taxes. I don’t need fertilizer, pest repellent, and toxic bug spray, the birds and other forest life take care of that. All that is required is an understanding of the needs and requirements of these plants so they will have a better chance of propagating themselves.

Swamp rose, Rosa palustra, is a native plant to Michigan that prefers wet habitats with good sun exposure. Rose hips are full of vitamin C and other healthy ingredients, they make a great tasting tea or infusion, and benefit wildlife by providing food from autumn through late winter, when the animals need it most.

The wildlife will benefit, and they will also help spread the native seeds into new areas, as will the wind and streams. Rose hips are food for many creatures of the eastern woodlands.

If the plants don’t grow I’m out nothing. If the area becomes a parking lot or golf course I’m out nothing. My only effort was a fun, relaxing walk in the woods and taking in fresh air and sunshine.

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135 Varieties Of Seeds For Under $70 – Non GMO Heirloom Seeds

heirloom vegetable seedsSee the full list: http://www.thediyworld.com/blog/?p=1126
I will be attempting to plant every single one of these varieties this year in the garden. I am looking for a place to grow them all.

With this many seed types, it will be a very interesting experience to see how they all turn out. Some of these I have never had before.

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#47 Heirloom Organic Vegetable Garden: Harvesting Colourful Carrots & Spagehetti Squash

heirloom fruit seedsColoured Carrot Mix from:
http://www.cottagegardener.com/catalog/heirloom-vegetables-a-m/carrot/

It was a great day in the garden got the Heirloom Organic Colorful Carrots finally out of the ground and compared to last year we got 34lbs in one row this year we got 54lbs but we let them grow an extra 30 days this year.

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Best Heirloom Tomatoes

heirloom vegetable seedsBest Heirloom Tomatoes? What is an heirloom tomato?

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What is an heirloom tomato? It’s basically a non-hybrid tomato. The tomatoes you find in your local grocery store are usually almost perfectly round, red and not grown locally. These are not heirloom tomatoes. Those are hybrid tomatoes grown specifically for supermarkets and mass consumption.

Heirloom tomatoes are usually odd shaped and not usually bright red. They can be many different colors and even color blends. I frequently find small selections available at local farmers markets.

Your typical heirloom will be denser and have less water and seeds than a standard hybrid. Therefore, the flavor is more concentrated and in most people’s opinions (including my own), better tasting.

So, If heirlooms are better tasting, why don’t supermarkets sell more of them?
By growing hybrids, farmers can select disease and bug resistant varieties. Also, hybrids are typically a smaller plant with higher yield. More fruit in less space with fewer problems. Also, hybrids have a thicker skin which makes them much easier to transport long distances without damaging the fruit.

Since most heirloom varieties are indeterminate, the plant can grow very large. 6 foot tall plants are not uncommon, so take this into consideration when growing heirlooms and selecting a proper trellis.

As with other tomato varieties, plucking off the suckers will help your tomatoes grow larger.

The outside of an heirloom tomato does not grow evenly, so you may have overgrow spots or even splits. This is normal and does not indicate insects or a bad fruit.

The inside of an heirloom tomato can be a very different color from the outside. Orange, green, purple, black and pink are all normal colors for insides and/or outsides of heirloom tomatoes.

Since tomatoes ripen from the inside out, you can harvest them when you see the outside starting to change color. However, most growers prefer to wait an addition week or two after they see outside color changes.

A single hornworm can devour an entire tomato in a day and just two or three can completely destroy a plant in a week. You can easily pull them off your plant and discard of them. I collect these caterpillars in a bucket and then feed them to the fish and ducks in the pond behind my house.
To reduce the risk of invasive hornworms, you can put some whole supper hot peppers in a blender with some water, and blend. Then strain the water into a spray bottle and spray the leaves of your plants every few days. You can store your spray in the refrigerator for about a week. Be carefull not to get any on your skin or in your eyes.

If you are looking to obtain some heirloom tomato seeds and grow your own, just shop around. I buy my heirloom seeds from a guy out of Wisconsin known as Botanikka Seeds. The owner, Mr Ritter, is nice and I have yet to be disappointed with any order. He sells packets of individual varieties. However, if you like surprises, he sells bags of mixed variety heirloom tomato seeds in quantities of 500 or 1000 on ebay, and he usually throws in a bonus at no extra cost. This will guarantee you have a random colorful selection come harvest time. I will leave a link to the Botanikka ebay store in the description of this video.
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As for eating heirloom tomatoes… They can be large and dense and are great for just about anything. In my house we enjoy a colorful caprice salad. Also thick sliced in a grilled cheese sandwich, or any sandwich for that matter, is incredible. A word of warning, once you eat an heirloom tomato, the store bought hybrids will no longer hold your interest.

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#52 Heirloom Organic Vegetable Garden: Spring is here almost….

heirloom fruit seedsJust a quick update to our Heirloom Organic Gardening series, Spring is almost here and starting on the garden is going to happen soon, just not real soon…

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Comstock, Ferre & Co. Heirloom Seeds

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A visit to Comstock, Ferre & Co. Heirloom Seeds who have been selling heirloom seeds in Wethersfield, Connecticut for over two hundred years.

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

heirloom vegetable seedssome seed i got from baker creek heirloom seed at rareseeds.com

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Successfully Starting Heirloom Seeds – Planning the Seed Starting Area and Equipment Needed

heirloom vegetable seedsA look at a successful small scale heirloom seed starting setup. This setup has been used to start the trial garden at Terroir Seeds for several years now. We show you the components used and how they work together.

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New Happenings at Baker Creek Seed Bank & Scientists Under Attack GMO Documentary

heirloom vegetable seedsJohn from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to the Seed Bank in Petaluma, California. In this episode, John visits the West Coast store for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company to watch a movie about GMOs as well as discover what’s new at Baker Creek. After watching this episode you will learn how you may be eating GMO foods without knowing it, in addition, you will learn about the best deal on seeds at Baker Creek and more.

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Planting 10 Week Old Heirloom Onion Transplants in Your Garden: The Rusted Garden 2013

heirloom fruit seedsA couple earlier videos showed you how to seed start and grow onion transplants indoors. This video shows you how to take your 10 week old onion transplants and plant them in your garden. Growing onion transplants is easy, it saves you a lot of money and they are very easy to plant. It is almost a fool proof vegetable.

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