Sunday

Blogs by Seed Companies

Here is a collection of blogs maintained by seed companies. Unlike in the Seed Snatcher search engine I will not edit out seed companies based on them taking the Safe Seed Pledge. However, I will only list stand alone blogs. That is blogs not attached to a company's website. The seed blogs listed here are only for information and/or research purposes and should not be construed as an endorsement of their business or seed suppliers.


Renee's Garden Seeds. Blog by Renee's Garden
TM Seeds. Blog by Thompson & Morgan US/Canada
Growing Ideas. Blog by Johnny's Selected Seeds

I will add more as I come across them.

Seed Distribution and Conservation

The price for a packet of seeds can range anywhere from a few cents a packet to a couple of dollars. The prices aren't really outrageous when you consider how much we spend on things that aren't half as useful as garden seeds. Even so, there are ways you can get seeds for free if you participate in various types of projects. Here are a few seed distribution and seed conservations for projects that gardeners and citizen scientist can participate in.


Native Seed Gardeners
Seeds of rare native plants are collected grown and handed out to gardeners to grow. These gardeners then return seeds from the plants they have grown to be used in restoration projects.



free gardening seeds in Chicago


One Seed Chicago
Lets Chicagoans vote for one of three plants and then distributes seeds of the popular vote winner to everyone who voted. Seeds are free and part of a community building project.






free sunflower seeds, great sunflower project

The Great Sunflower Project
Distributes Lemon Queen Sunflower seeds and encourages people to keep track of the bee populations that visit the sunflower.$3.00 fee to pay for shipping of seeds.

Wednesday

Sowing Small Seeds & Smoking

The W.D. & H.O Willis British cigarette manufacturer out of Bristol, England included advertising cards in their packs of cigarettes. In 1933 the company produced 'Garden Flowers' among other general interests cards like ones about British butterflies.

This one (ca. 1935-1939) gave garden hints like how to sow small seeds.

sowing small seeds garden tipsThe seed sowing advice on the card in part reads:

...The beginner will find the work easier if a small hole is made in one corner of the seed packet through which only a few seeds can fall at a time...


There is even a card demonstrating how to sow small seeds by submerging the pot in water, instead of sprinkling water from the top on your seeds which will cause them to spill out.

Watering seeds or seedlings. Digital ID: 1603224. New York Public Library

You can see some of these beautiful gardening related cards here, the images in the post are from the NYPL Digital Gallery.

Sunday

Seed Forums

If you're looking for seed growing information the best way to search the internet for tips on starting seeds is to use the search engine on this blog (available here as a standalone page), but if you find that you have a question that it doesn't answer; a good place to get information is at an online forum.

GardenWeb: Seed Saving, Growing from Seed
YouGrowGirl: Seeds, Seed Starting & Growing
Nings by seed companies: Renee's Community Garden, Botanical Interests Gardening Network
Forums by seed companies: Seed Savers Exchange Forum


Know of another forum that discusses starting, saving and growing from seed?

Update: In the summer of 2010 Botanical Interests decided to stop using their Ning and focus on their FB page.