Your All Things Plants newsletter for January 19, 2013
Some numbers from last week:
- 146 new members.
- 160 new threads.
- 2,956 new posts.
- 1,215 new images to the plant database.
- 52 new comments in the plant database.
There were 13 new gardening ideas posted last week:
January 17, 2013
|Summer squash vs winter squash|
|The most significant difference between the two groups is that winter squash has a hard shell and stores well for long periods and summer squash has soft skin, which does not store and is perishable. Both are of the genus Cucurbita. Summer squash are all the species pepo and winter squash includes several species: maxima, argyrosperma, moschata and also some pepo. For example, zucchini is a common summer squash and pumpkin is a winter squash. (523 words - Read the full article)|
January 16, 2013
|What could you compare to a ripe tomato, fresh from the garden? Tomatoes are consistently one of the most popular edible garden plants, grown all over the world, yet most people have only tried a bland handful of the thousands of varieties available. For decades tomato availability was controlled by canning, shipping, and mechanical harvesting and processing needs, but now we're finally seeing a return to the flavors, textures, and versatility that made tomatoes so compelling in the first place. (2,304 words - Read the full article)|
January 15, 2013
|Seed starting: Breaking dormancy|
|Breaking dormancy of a seed is like waking it up from a sleep. The four key requirements are water, oxygen, light and temperature. There are a few techniques that will increase the germination percentage and help control timing of germination. Basically, water and oxygen need to penetrate the seed coat to initiate the break of dormancy. Some seeds need a combination of water, oxygen, light and/or set temperature. (1,043 words - Read the full article)|
January 13, 2013
|Seed starting tip: Pre-moisten soil medium|
|Pre-moisten the soil mix before you fill your seeding trays or pots to sow your seeds. Moisture level should be similar to a damp sponge. Add warm water to soil mix and let stand for about 10 minutes, then fill pots or cells and sow seeds as directed. In addition to early indoor seed starting, this method applies to wintersowing and/or preparation for stratification (cool/damp environment) of seeds.|