I’m obsessed with growing beans.
I pretty much never eat them. I only grow them for seed so I can look at them.... and sell them through my mom’s small seed company. All these varieties I’ve been growing out myself for years (except the Koronis purple bean from @experimentalfarmnetwork is a new one last year), and they all have special stories.
Green: Fort portal jade
Small Purple: Koronis purple
Black and white: orca
Big black & purple: scarlet runner
Cranberry striped & beige: Nepali pole beans from @nang 13sal’s family
Seed saving - Marigolds.
Marigolds makes a wonderful companion plant for any edible garden. It attracts bees, butterflies, ladybugs and other beneficial insects to the garden.
The flowers bloom from late spring until fall and are very easy to care for.
Saving seeds from marigolds are simple, just pick off the dried flowers from the plant and keep them in a paper bag to further dehydrate naturally out of direct sunlight. Sow them in spring when the temperature rises above 18degC. 😉
Happy gardening everyone! 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 ...
Seed saving of Cosmos flower is simple.
Petals fall away after pollination, and the seed pod is ready for harvesting when it’s showing signs of drying.
Simply cut it off at the end of the stalk and leave it at a dry and airy place away from direct sunlight. The seeds will eventually fall away from the pod when completely dry.
Keep the seeds in a sealed container at a cool, dark & dry location.🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 ...
Just a bunch of jars on the shelf filled with dried dye plants. Happy March! ...
If you had of told me 10 years ago I would be living through a pandemic, obsesssed with my veggie garden & compost, I would have looked at you like you were crazy! We were buying soil from Bunnings and landscape supplies, it seemed like such a waste of money! Composting at home is super simple and gives you enriched soil and also means less going into landfill, contributing to other greater issues! It’s a total win win! I would love to know if you have a home compost set up? #SuburbanGardener#Composting#Harvest#OrganicFood#Gardening ...
The fleeting beauty that is a courgette flower. I'm going to try hand pollinating and saving seed from these for the first time this year, to deposit in our newly formed Llandrindod Seed Library. Not this one though! The first few courgettes I will pick and scoff as soon as they're a decent size!
Tomato success has taken us soooooo fucking long to achieve. It’s been a big, long lesson in trial and error.. and knowing when to move on and try something new. We have the best results with winter tomatoes when it comes to the hardiness of the plants themselves but if we can get them to grow in warmer times of the year the taste is always superior. .
We’ve also learned the importance of seed saving when you have a success. Aside from the bush-turkey spread micro cherry tomatoes all over our gardens, we have had two rock solid varieties: a giant beef steak and a low acid yellow. It’s possible we’ve had some cross pollination with other varieties we’ve tried but either way the seeds we have now from these two varieties have given us abundant crop. .
To my utter fucking joy, it also seems like the new grape tomato we have been attempting to grow is going so well. It’s completely outgrown the trellis and is now happily hanging over the top frame of the raised garden bed and covered in these gorgeous trusses of little fruit. We’ve also had some luck with a purple tomatillo which is growing like a ground cover under all the other tomato plants. .