Seeds and Seed Starting

Three Poppy Seed Tips

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting
Lauren's Grape poppy grown from Botanical Interests seed

Botanical Interests asked me to submit three tips about poppies and my photo to put in their catalog. They only used one of the tips, but there I am on page forty-five.Botanical Interests sells several kinds of poppies, including one of my favorites, 'Lauren's Grape'. One year their supplier of 'Lauren's Grape' had a crop [...]

Cottage Garden Discoveries

– Posted in: Plant info, Seeds and Seed Starting

One of the lovely things about gardening is that no matter how long (or short) you've been doing it, there's always so much more to learn and discover. Lately, I have been discovering "cottage gardening"--that serendipitous combination of flowers and vegetables and herbs, with the flowers being largely traditional and very fragrant. Last year was [...]

Year-round Uses for A Cold Climate Greenhouse

– Posted in: Hardscaping and Projects, How-to, Seeds and Seed Starting

(Editor's note: Neil Moran wrote North Country Gardening seven years before Cold Climate Gardening got started. I asked him to share what he's learned since building his greenhouse.)As you all know, the summers are sweet, but short here in the North. It seems not long after we’ve sown our vegetable crops and put out the [...]

High Mowing Seeds Giveaway

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting

Cold climate gardeners save themselves a lot of grief and aggravation if they purchase their seeds from companies in similar climates who grow, or at least trial, at their location all the seed they sell. If a company has successfully grown a seed in its cold climate, you can be pretty certain it will do [...]

How to Garden Like You’re in the Tropics
When You’re Stuck in the Snow

– Posted in: How-to, Seeds and Seed Starting

Editor's note: Starting seeds is usually something cold climate gardeners do in the wi-- no, I won't say that word. But some seeds can be started now. Guest blogger Lisa Ueda shares her method for starting cannas from seed. My winter vacation destination of choice has always been the Florida Keys, where I usually fantasize [...]