Your All Things Plants weekly news: February 1, 2013
There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:
January 28, 2013
|Starting Lavender from seed|
|It's possible to have early blooms the first year. Lavender seeds break dormancy when stratified. Roll seeds in a damp paper towel, put in a freezer bag and let sit at room temperature for a few hours. Place sealed bag in the freezer overnight. Thaw, sow in pre-moistened soil mix and place under lights. The seeds will germinate within a few days and will bloom by mid-June if you sow them the end of February. Lady Lavender is a consistent first year bloomer.
January 27, 2013
|What's blooming in January|
|I live in a house that's 113 years old. One of its advantages, especially since I'm a gardener, is very wide windowsills, some as wide as 11 inches. Perfect for potted plants. Windowsills allow those of us in temperate regions to continue gardening indoors during the winter while the outdoor garden slumbers. And the light is free. We don't have to buy grow lights nor pay for the electricity to run them. Come on in and discover what's blooming on my windowsills and who won last month's Mystery Blossom Contest. (1,207 words - Read the full article)|
Some new recommendations from our members:
|rogertheshrubber recommended Bluestone Perennials and wrote:
I bought quite a few plants from them over a few seasons. I started noticing some really puny plants at times. They offer a guarantee but I just quit ordering from them. Haven't tried them in the last year or two.
|BigGerminator recommended Sustainable Seed Company and wrote:
All I can say is....WOW! The seeds are unbelievable and it is a fantastic company filled with great people.
They have an uncomprehensible amount of seeds (more than 1,500) and they are ALL certified organic with tons coming in heirloom varieties. Not to mention the fact that they are grown on an environmentally sustainable farm in CA and have seeds grown and sourced only in America.
An environmentally sustainable company, run by kind people supporting American farmers, and they grow outstanding seeds?! Get on board people!
|TweedleLeeDee recommended Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. and wrote:
Excellent service and prompt polite correspondence,....shopping on their website is a breeze,...good quality seeds that germinate quickly...good selection of heirlooms, .....
all this means a first class rating to me!
|chelle recommended Garden Harvest Supply and wrote:
Garden Harvest Supply is simply a wonderful company to deal with!
Phone inquiries are dealt with promptly, efficiently and pleasantly. Their online ordering system is easy to use, shipping is timely and reasonably priced, and merchandise arrives in great condition.
A year or two ago I called the company and spoke with a representative about their company's policy concerning wholesale orders. At that time, the amount needed to place a wholesale order was well above what I would be likely to spend. I found out today that wholesale purchases of certain plants are currently available without meeting that limit. Yay!
Some of their sales inventory is updated later in the season, so if something you want is marked "sold out" check back, it's probably just a temporary delay. I plan to order about 75 percent of my specialty annuals, new perennials and shrubs from Garden Harvest Supply this year.
|Anne recommended Stokes Seeds Ltd and wrote:
I've only had fantastic experiences with Stokes when buying seeds and supplies/accessories. They often carry the individual colours from a series that you typically can only find in mixes with other Canadian seed companies. It's one of those companies I order from every year and I've never been let down by them.
Some numbers from last week:
- 163 new members.
- 109 new threads.
- 3,284 new posts.
- 821 new images to the plant database.
- 37 new comments in the plant database.