In April these Girl Scouts completed Step 4 – Experiment with Seeds. On ther way to their Gardening Badge. Here they are planting flower seeds in egg cartons. This simple and handy while recycling those egg cartons! It is a win-win for gardening and the environment!
Step 5 and final step will be planting their garden in May. Keep up the good work Scouts!
This is a favorite of Marcia Welsh’s…taken last fall.
The joys of retirement-being present to capture that special moment. Fall at its finest!
Look at these lovely pictures from our new garden, submitted by Marcia Welsh.
Stop by our new herb garden (follow the sidewalk from the parking lot to the left of the manor house, it will lead you to the new garden)
Seeds from my Garden
The seeds of almost all flowers are ORTHODOX that is they are best dried well and stored in sealed containers at 34 to 41 degrees.
- Alyssum Hand pick the flower heads when brown and they begin to dry. Spread the heads on screens to dry, with sheets beneath to capture the seeds. Rub gently to remove the seeds.
- Aster Hand pick the seed heads when brown. Spread the heads on screen to dry.
- Begonia The fruit is dehiscent capsule. Harvest the capsules as they begin to dry then spread them on a screen to dry further. Rub to remove the seeds.
- Bell Flower Fruit is a dehiscent capsule. Harvest before the capsules shed their seeds. Dry on a screen with a sheet beneath.
- Bells of Ireland The showy part of this plant is the Calyx( the external part of the flower. The seeds are in the collection of four nutlets nestled within the base of the calyx. Seeds are ready for harvest when the nutlets are dry.
- Columbine Fruits are many-seeded follicle. Harvest the heads as soon as they are somewhat but not fully dry, as they will shatter at the later stage. The seeds should be dark green to almost black when harvesting begins.
- Cone Flower The fruits are four-angled achenes. Harvest the flower heads when they are dried.
- Four-O’Clock The leathery fruit contains one seed. Harvest as they dry.
- Foxglove The fruit is a capsule, collect the capsules by hand as they mature.
- Geranium Collect the capsules when they have dried on the plants. Dry them further in a paper bag.
- Lilly of the Valley Fruits are many-seeded red or orange berries ¼ inch in diameter. Harvest them by hand once they have turned bright red and have softened.
- Love in a Mist The fruit is an inflated capsule containing many seeds dispersed through an opening at the top. Harvest as the fruits dry and shake out the seed.
- Marigold Harvest the seeds when the individual flower heads dry brown. Seed is easily rubbed from the head.
- Morning Glory The fruit is a globe-shaped capsule usually containing about six large seeds with very hard coats. Harvest the fruits when they are dry and break open the capsule to obtain the seeds.
- Pansy Handpick the fruit capsules as they mature. Put the closed capsules in a box covered with cloth as they dry, the seeds will be ejected.
- Periwinkle The fruit is a narrow cylindrical follicle containing 15 to about 30 seeds. Hand pick when brown and place on a screen to dry.
- Poppy The fruit is a many-sided cone shaped pod three to four inches long. Harvest the fruit when the capsules turn a light brown before the seeds shatter.
- Snow on the Mountain The fruit is a small capsule containing usually 3 seeds. Harvest the fruits and extract the seeds when mature.
- Sunflower Harvest the heads when ACHENES (seeds) are dark colored and begin to rub off easily. Store in sealed containers.
To Obtain the Best Results with Your Garden Seeds
- Store only thoroughly dried seeds.
- Don’t allow seeds to become damp after the initial drying.
- Keep the storage temperature as low as possible.
- Keep the storage area as dry as possible, especially if the temperature is below freezing.
- Label all containers with variety, date, and any other pertinent information about the strain of your savings.
- If you keep seeds in envelopes, store the whole collection in a tightly covered lard can, large mayonnaise jar or other sealed container.
- Peas and beans are best stored in bags rather than in airtight containers.
- If you keep seeds for more than one year, be sure to protect them as much as possible from heat and dampness during the summer.
From the guidelines, you can see that an ideal place for storing seeds is in your refrigerator or freezer.
The refrigerator is an excellent place to store those commercial seeds left over from summer gardening activities. Place the envelopes of seeds in a canning jar and cap it and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
Our 2016 Garden Tour was such a success we decided to host one every year!
On July 9th we hosted our 2016 Garden Tour and Plant Sale. All proceeds benefited the Jean Thompson Vernocy Memorial Scholarship Fund. What a beautiful day!