Seed Germination at Seed Savers Exchange

Easy Seed Germination Testing at Home

Our easy and simple germination test shows whether your seeds are good or not with supplies in your kitchen. Stop guessing and know for sure!
Pitcher of Milk

Milk and Molasses – Magic for Your Garden

Do you know the magic of milk and molasses in improving your garden? Plain old milk is a miracle for plants, soil and compost. Molasses boosts the benefits!
Ripe Vine Peaches

Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses

Vine Peach is a hardy, drought tolerant, prolific ancient baseball sized melon of many uses from shade & windbreak to secret cooking element & room perfume.
Seed Savers Exchange Garden

Easy Garden Ideas

A garden can be easy and simple, with food, flowers, butterflies or just a spot with beautiful colors and relaxing, invigorating scents to relax after work.
Thai Basil

Heirloom Basil – So Much More Than Pesto

Basil is much more than an Italian herb for pasta sauce and pesto. From sacred uses to food, medicine and aroma, it's easy to grow and highly beneficial.
Intercropped Lettuces

How to Grow More from Your Same Garden Space

Growing more from the same garden space might seem impossible. We share a few proven and tested techniques perfect for today’s gardens, large or small.
Alpine Strawberries in Hand

Alpine Strawberries have a Sweet History

Alpine strawberries have captivated our taste buds for a very long time. They are tiny yet hugely flavorful ancestors of our common strawberry.
Papalo Leaf

Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative

Papalo is a fabulous, unknown, ancient Mexican herb you should be growing. A heat-loving cilantro alternative, its flavors are both bolder and more complex.
Handfull of Achocha

Achocha - the Unknown Cucumber Relative

Achocha is a delicious and unknown member of the cucumber family with almost complete immunity from the diseases and pests which attack other cucurbits.
Growing Bed Moved

Building a Recycled Growing Bed

A growing bed can be made from many materials, but when you factor in the ability to make a growing bed from recycled components, then the opportunities become almost limitless.
Cucumber Seedling Germination

Seed Germination Observations

Seed germination is affected by several factors – moisture, temperature, light, soil and time. We look at a recent test we did and lessons learned.
Kellog's Potting Soil OMRI

Potting Soils - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Potting soils come in all shapes and sizes, but do those potting soils really work as advertised and contain healthy, wholesome ingredients to help your precious seedlings get that critical head start they need?
Square Foot Potting Soil Closeup

Are Seed Starting Mixes Worth Your Money?

Seed starting mixes can be confusing – what’s good and what’s junk? Is the extra expense worth it, or is the cheapest mix just as good? Let's take a look!
Heirloom Tomato

Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes –What’s the Difference?

Are determinate tomatoes best for your garden, or would an indeterminate be better for you? How to tell, and what do the terms mean, exactly?
Potato Leaf and-Regular Leaf Tomato

Heirloom Tomato Leaves - Potato Leaf vs Regular Leaf

Heirloom tomato leaves have two main different and distinct types of leaves – potato leaf and regular leaf. We'll show you the differences!
Heirloom Chile Inspection

Growing Quality Heirloom Chiles

Take a short trip with us to see what goes into growing quality heirloom chiles from a world-class breeder.
Succession Planting

Succession Planting – Boosting Garden Production

Succession planting is basically one crop following another in the same space to maximize the amount of food produced. We'll show you how to do it!
Bindweed Flowers

Controlling Bindweed in the Garden

Field bindweed is one of the most invasive and destructive weeds in cropland and gardens. Read why it grows and how improving soil fertility controls it.
Bermuda Grass

Stopping Bermuda Grass in the Garden

Bermuda grass: love it or hate it - most people fall into one of the two camps; there doesn’t seem to be much in-between.
Heirloom Seed Corn

Heirloom Corn Types & Planting Tips

Heirloom corn is becoming popular as people taste the depths of flavors they offer. There is much more than just the sweet, fresh eating varieties!
Watermelon Dessert

Heirloom Watermelons – Size vs Flavor

With watermelons, both size and flavor matter. Heirloom watermelons grown at home will give the absolute best flavor and taste, regardless of size.
Aquaponics Process

Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting

Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting is fairly simple, but there are a few basic things to know before getting started. Here's how to start successfully.
Rabbit in Garden

Critters In The Garden Questions

We share some of the best ways our customers have found of keeping critters out of the garden and your heard-earned veggies!
Fungus Gnat

Controlling Fungus Gnats in Seedlings

Fungus gnats are more a nuisance than a real problem in seedlings, but we'll show why they show up, how to monitor and control them.
Seedling Damping Off

Damping off – Causes and Control

Damping-off is a soil borne fungal disease that can attack almost all young vegetable seedlings. We show simple methods to control and treat damping off.
Cucamelon Tubers

Overwintering Cucamelons

Cucamelons can be overwintered as a perennial if they produce tubers in their roots. This technique gives earlier and larger harvests the second year.
Heirloom Lettuce

Improve Lettuce Seed Germination

Lettuce seed won't sprout in too warm soil, so it's ideal for early and late season planting. We'll show you when and how to plant for the best results!
Coconut Geranium on Seed Screen

Seed Quality from Two Perspectives

Seed quality is important to the home gardener, small scale grower and large farmer. Make better choices and buy wiser by understanding seed quality
Squash Bugs

Late Season Pest and Disease Prevention

Pest and disease prevention is a major topic for many gardeners and for good reason. We take a top down approach to manage for next season with easy tips.
Garden Tools

Garden Tool Cleanup

Fall and early winter is a great time to do a garden tool cleanup, do any needed repairs and see if there is any other tools needed for next year.
Aphids on Tomato Leaf

Controlling Aphids Naturally

Aphids are perennial pests that gardeners deal with, often with very mixed results. We'll show you both prevention and treatment methods for aphids.
Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot - What To Do

Blossom end rot is a perennial problem for gardeners. We'll show you both preventative and immediate techniques to minimize this all-too-common disease.
Wild Galapagos Tomato

Wild Galapagos Tomato

The Wild Galapagos Tomato (Solanum cheesmaniae), is very popular for its production and adaptability to extreme environments from hot to cold.
Good Seed Germination

What Happened To My Seed Germination?

Seed germination issues happen every spring and challenge many new and experienced gardeners and growers. We cover the biggest hurdles and how to fix them.
2014 Heirloom Seeds Catalog

Seed Saving for Quality Interview

Seed saving is very popular today, but planting those seeds can give very mixed results; understanding seed quality avoids disappointment and confusion.
Humboldt Elementary School Garden

Humboldt Elementary School Garden

The Humboldt Elementary School Garden was started about 20 years ago by Linneal Nick, a former teacher who raised money for the original raised bed garden.
Mini Bottle Gourd

Gourds Today

Gourds are well known today for their use in beautiful artwork and crafting. Historically gourds have been a part of many societies since ancient times.
Seed Planting

Seed Orientation During Planting Improves Germination

Seed orientation during planting isn’t something that most gardeners pay attention to, but perhaps they should as it could improve their germination rates.
Raised Bed with Compost

Compost - What We've Learned

Compost is one of those foundational cornerstones of any successful garden. It really is simple to make and we'll show you how we do it!
White Sonora Wheat

White Sonora Wheat – Perfect Grain for the Home Gardener

White Sonora Wheat is popular again as many claim it's the best flour for cakes, breads and tortillas.Easy to grow!
Mature Dill Seeds

Harvesting Dill

Homegrown dill is delicious, easy to grow and easy to harvest. We'll show you how!
Elephant Garlic

Where Does That Plant Come From? Botany 101

Many varieties of plants do not grow, or grow well, from seed. To help your understanding, here's a quick botany lesson on plants and how they reproduce.
Spring Flowers

Plant Your Spring Flowers in the Fall

Did you know fall is the best time to plant flower seeds for next spring? Fall planting gives you that beautiful patch of flowers next year.
Emergency Seed Plan

Emergency Seeds - How to Feed Your Family in a Crisis

Survival seeds, emergency seeds or emergency seed banks have had a lot of attention lately. How useful are they, really? We take a closer look.
Dacha Garden

Russian Dacha Gardening - Homescale Agriculture Feeding Everyone

Dacha gardening grows half of Russia's total food production in home gardens in a difficult and short-season climate, with no machine or animal inputs.
Lavender with Bee

Lavender Soothes Animals Too

Lavender has been soothing and healing people for millennium and also helps dogs and horses with stress or anxieties through aromatherapy.
Basket of Peppers

Grow Better Peppers with Shade

It's easy to grow more and better peppers through the hot summer with these proven techniques. Avoid heat stresses, diseases and extend your season.
Heirloom Seedlings

Chile and Pepper Growing Tips

Chiles can be grown with great success in many varied garden climates across America. We give you some good tips for a great start in your garden!
Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

Starting Seeds at Home - a Deeper Look

Starting seeds at home is easy and gives more choice than the local garden center. We take a deeper look at germination and the needs of the seeds.
2014 Heirloom Seeds Catalog

Catalog Reading and Garden Planning Tips

Perusing seed catalogs and garden planning is a favorite pastime of gardeners everywhere during the cold, short days of winter. Here's some tips to help!