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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    When it comes to stockpiling seeds we have discussed the topic in depth. Something that has been overlooked is how many seeds should you stockpile? I have come up with a simple formula and would like to know what yall think. How many seeds do you normally plant to obtain X amount of harvest...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I ground some dried sweet corn once and it was horrible, might as well been sawdust. It was one of the hybrid super sweet varieties. Nowdays I grow heirlooms, and Golden Bantam is one of the most prolific corns I can grow at my altitude. The corn doesn't shrivel up as much as the hybrid. Is it...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    http://news.yahoo.com/seed-libraries-struggle-state-laws-limiting-exchanges-151655945.html The conflict(s) seem to vary by state and the laws appear to have been implemented about ten years ago to protect farmers and agricultural industries in those states. The assorted authorities are not...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    RE: Cucurbita [squash] I learned a few things at the recent 'Seed Savers Exchange', and I wished to share one of them with you good gentlefolk. Squash: within the genus of 'Cucurbita' there are four species of squash that are commonly used for food. Gardening multiple varieties of a species...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Could this be the start of another global pandemic? http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?glide=BH-20100623-26655-CHN
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I apologize in advance if my question is stupid. I am starting my first vegetable garden this year and even though I have done a lot of research, I am still completely confused with the terminology. Some websites advertise their seeds as either Heirloom or open pollinated. From my...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Not to sound ignorant, but I am new to the idea of gardening. I keep seeing the word "heirloom" when it comes to seeds. Can anyone explain the differences and or benefits? I kinda thought that seeds were seeds.
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What does heirloom quality mean? Is there a way to get a 5-10 year storage life out of seeds? The ones I see in Walmart, lowes, etc like "Burpee" have a date of about a year on the package. I'd like to store seeds, and have an upright freezer if that's an option. But I need info on what I'm...
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