Seed storage gives a new dimension to gardening. It is a fascinating process that will expand your knowledge about the functioning of plants. You cannot buy organically produced seeds of all kinds of plants. Storing your own seeds in an organic garden will ensure the stocks of the species you want. Many old and smaller commercial varieties have been dropped from the seed catalog and are on their way to disappearing completely. Some of them have great qualities, which are especially suitable for gardeners, or they are simply your favorite flowers or vegetables.
By storing the seeds of endangered varieties and sharing them with other gardeners, you will help preserve the genetic heritage of plants. If you leave a few plants to bloom and give seeds, you will get many more seeds than you would ever get in the purchase package, literally for free, and also fresh. Seeds from your own garden often germinate more successfully and give stronger shoots.
Growing flowers is one of the most beautiful hobbies. Unlike growing vegetables where the results of your work are edible fruits, the results of your work and dedicated time in growing flowers are current and cannot be saved for later. We grow flowers to simply enjoy its beauty. Growing flowers is a “do it yourself” job and it is not particularly hard, but in order to enjoy this hobby as much as possible, it is important to know the basic rules of growing.
- Prepare the ground. Whether you plant flowers directly outside in your flower garden, transplant plants or start with houseplants, the soil must be fully prepared. For houseplants this can be very simple. Buy quality flower soil and fill the pot with it. For a flower garden, you have to remove the sod and dig the soil once or twice to get a fine loose soil for your flowers. Next, add a sufficient amount of compost and dig so that the compost merges with the surface layer of soil. This step is very important for perennials because such flowers will live in the same country for several years.
- Find out what the flowers you grow need. Some flowers are bigger, so you have to provide them with a greater distance in the flower garden, for example. Other species do not require space, so you can plant them very densely. Flowers also vary in the amount of sunlight they need. Some types of flowers also require a certain substrate, for example soil, sand…
- Plant and transplant carefully. When you have selected and prepared the place and the soil, dig a hole a little bigger than the roots of the plant you are planting. Put the flowers in the prepared hole and cover the root with the remaining soil. Slightly press the soil with which you buried the root. If missing, add more soil. If you are planting seeds, dig a hole. For the depth of the hole, it is best to inquire when buying seeds or to look at the instructions on the package. Place the seeds in the hole and cover with soil and press lightly. Some seeds need light to germinate, in which case do not bury it but just lightly press it into the ground
- Watering. When you have planted your plant or seed, water it well. Be careful not to scatter the soil and reveal roots or seeds when watering
- Fertilizer. To make your flowers grow well and look beautiful, add fertilizers according to their needs
- Remove old flowers. In order for your plant to bloom as long as possible and have beautiful new flowers, you must remove the old ones. When old flowers remain on the plant it is a signal for it to start producing seeds thus stopping the flowering process
- Problems. If the flowers are not progressing well, check that they have not been attacked by pests or any disease. When the petals of flowers or leaves have holes or when there are sticky remains on the underside of the leaves, it is a sure sign that you have problems with bugs. There are many pesticides on the market, so it is best to inquire about this at an agricultural pharmacy or florist. Diseases also have their signals – deformed leaves. In such cases, the easiest solution is to remove the diseased leaf or the whole plant. If you notice that the leaves are yellow, it is most likely that you have watered it too much or fertilized it too much.
When you have planted flowers and they have grown and bloomed, don’t forget to take some time and observe its beauty. That was actually the only reason you planted it.