Flower Seeds and Plants-How to Garden
Growing seed can be a very satisfying,enjoyable and fascinating hobby. You can select your own level of involvement. Maybe you will enjoy the easy level of growing your own peas and beans. Perhaps you'll enjoy growing carrots or maybe you will decide to grow a vibrant selection of marigolds or zinnia. There are many annuals to choose from.Be assured, though,you most likely will not outgrow this hobby,no matter how much you experiment or how much you learn.Growing your own garden is fun and has many bonuses for the gardener,cut flowers,fresh herbs and a beautiful welcoming landscape. Watching the tiny seeds sprout and come to life is very rewarding and will help bring birds and butterflies to your yard.I like to grow a variety of annuals, perennial and herbs. I love to have the colors and scents right outside my door- and the view from my windows is just amazing.With the economy so out of control and prices of many store bought flowers and vegetables skyrocketing,it is great to be able to grow my own and save money. One tomato plant can produce many tomatoes-my family loves a fresh Tomato on a blt or burger. My husband likes only Jersey Fresh tomatoes and corn.Growing my own supply of cucumbers,beans and other vegetables also allows me to make fresh relishes and pickles which I then Jar for later use or for sharing.This is fun to do-my grandmother use to jar everything and I loved to watch and help.
A seed is more,so much more than it appears to be.The hard,dry,distinctively shaped particles that we plant in our gardens are really dormant embryos-tiny,already formed plants encased in in a protective coating. While we may think of seeds as a beginning, they are really links between generations of plants,vehicles for both the survival of the plant species and the spread of new life.
Annuals,Biennials and Perennials
The easiest to grow are annuals,those garden plants that can be grown from seed to maturity and then allowed to go to seed themselves,all within the span of one growing season.Some plants that are grown as annuals in the average North American garden,such as tomatoes,peppers and Lima beans, are actually perennials in their native tropics. Other annuals, such as spinach lettuce,wheat and some rye plants,may survive a mild winter after fall planting and produce seeds in the spring as if they were biennials. Annuals will bare seed the same year they are planted.They need no special pampering,only to be given their normal cultural requirements and to be planted early enough in the season to give them time to ripen seed before they are killed by frost. You can also save a few seeds to plant the following year.I save seed from my favorites and store them dry in an sealed container in a cool dark place.Do not store wet seed as they will rot and become useless.
The common vegetables that are annuals include bean,broccoli,Chinese cabbage,corn,cucumber,eggplant,lettuce,muskmelon,pea,pepper,pumpkin,most radishes,spinach,and squash.
Annual flowersinclude calendula,cosmos,marigold,spider flower(cleome),sweet pea and zinnia.Growing one of these annuals is the best starting point for most new gardeners.All of these annuals are extremely easy to start and grow from seed.
Biennials take a little more persistence.These plants bear their edible crop the season they are planted,waiting until the second season to flower,produce seed,and wither away.Where cold winters are severe,most biennial vegetables must be dug up in the fall and replanted in the spring. Some of them can be left in the garden and covered with a blanket of hay or leaves, and they will survive.Some common biennials as annuals include beet,Brussels sprout,cabbage,carrot,cauliflower,celeriac,celery,onion,parsley,parsnip,rutabaga,salsify,Swiss chard, and turnip.
Perennials return year after year,growing from underground parts that live over the winter. Most perennials planted from seed will begin to produce seed themselves a year or two after planting. Rhubarb and asparagus are the most frequently grown perennial garden vegetables. There are scores of herbaceous perennial flowers like daylily,iris,delphinium,and peony.
Starting Your Outdoor Garden
Flowers add a great warmth,color and beauty to any balcony,yard or garden.Not to mention the fragrance. Flowers are as nice to share as they are to look at.Try planting one or many varieties of seed. Now is the time to start planning your garden. Nothing is as satisfying as growing your own flowers and vegetables from seed. Growing plants from seed gives you so many more choices than you will ever find growing in your local garden center. Many plants that you can grow yourself from seed are not available as plants. If you are looking to start a first year garden or a garden with children, annuals are simple and easy to grow and will give lasting color throughout the growing season.Children are especially grateful and thankful knowing that they can encourage a plant to grow from seed.Morning glories are simply grown on a trellis or a tee-pee shaped structure which is added fun for children.Children also love sunflowers and are amazed by how tall they can grow,and watching the birds feast on them is an added bonus. Zinnias and asters are simple to grow and they grow quickly,they can then be cut and shared with anyone like mom, grandma or even a close friend
This year is going to be a great year in the garden. I am going to start a small herb garden from seed.Planting my own Herb Seeds will allow me to have as many or as few varieties as my heart desires. I love to grow my own backyard herb garden. Fresh herbs can be used in recipes and have many healing benefits. Herbs are easy to grow from seed. Enjoy watching them sprout and grow into something you can use. Growing your own plants allows you to know that they are not chemically treated.Picking herbs that you have grown yourself from seed is so fun and rewarding.
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