I didn’t go crazy on them or spend $100.00 for a cache of seeds either… I bought them off of Ebay, which may have been a mistake, but I didn’t spend more than $20.00 plus shipping on a small cache of seeds. I first want to experiment with them, see if I can grow them, then go back and purchase more seeds. The goal is to become more self reliant. The immediate goal is to teach myself how to become more self reliant. If the SHTF and I have to hoof it to my BOL, I certainly want to be able to be self reliant on as little money as possible, assuming money is still around.
Now, to the point of this post. I know NOTHING about seeds. Hell, if I plant a garden, I usually pick up the plants at Home Depot or Lowe’s and come home and transplant them in the dirt or the pot and nurture them to fruition. Sprouting / germinating is going to be a whole new animal for me. So, I did a little research. Since I did not plant in the spring, I thought I might plant for second harvest in the fall to see what I can do. Before I do that, however, I need to do more research. Here are a few sites I found to help me get started… I also have several PDF books I downloaded. I will try to post them following this post.
Here are the sites:
- Gardening Know How: How to Germinate Seeds at Home
- eHow: How to Germinate Seeds
- Primal Seeds: Sprouting
I am thinking that Sprouting the seeds will be the hardest part for me. I have grown a small garden in the past on the deck of my apartment with success, but the sprouting requires a higher level of attention, it seems.
Once the plants are sprouted and growing, I also want to know when and how to harvest the seeds from them, so that I do not have to buy more seeds next year. This too is an area I am a complete neophyte. Well, with the help of Google, I came across this site that will explain to you when to harvest the seeds from each vegetable plant in the garden. Pretty cool if you ask me. Just saved me months of trial and mostly error.
- Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook — I may try to download the whole site and turn it into a PDF for myself…
Well, let this be part one of the “Heirloom Experiment.” I will post more when I start this little project…