17 October 2008

Seeds of Change On-line Discussions Provide Help for Gardeners

I suppose everyone knows about the great resources at Dave's Garden, Garden Guides and Garden Web.

Do you use any of the online gardening conversations to socialize, find advice, exchange plants or seeds, and to learn from other gardeners?

If so, which online gardening community do you plug into when you have a question or seeds to share?

Seeds of Change has several Forums where gardeners exchange ideas and information.

Click on the one for seed saving to read about how to do it for a variety of plants.

For example, at the thread on amaranth you will discover that amaranth pollinates by wind rather than by insect action.
Amaranth seed can be planted directly into sunny soil between April 15 and June 15. To save the seed, bag the heads with row-cover fabric taped to the stem.

The Cockscomb Amaranth Celosia in the photo is the grandchild of seed I planted three years ago. It self-seeds around the yard and is one of the stars of the September and October garden beds.

There is also a Seeds of Change Forum for preserving what you grow, with recipes, canning, drying, pickling, etc.

Topics in the Flowers, Ornamentals and Herb category include: Sunflowers, Roses, Lemon Balm, Stevia, Mint, Chicory, Basil, Prairie Plants, and more.

Here is a link to all the Forums. Let us know which sites you visit.

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