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5 Reasons Why Ordering Seed Now Is Important For Tomorrow

June 19th, 2014

 

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There is no time better than the present to order seeds. Even if you are not yet ready to plant. Even if it’s too late to plant in your region. Or if you think there’s not enough time for a garden…. (Bah.There’s always time!). Ordering seed is still important. Here are five reasons why you should order seed now rather than later.

1. Seed shortages. Last year’s poor growing season, mostly due to the massive California drought, may make it difficult now and in the future for gardeners to get seeds, especially of the fruit and nut variety. When fewer plants are grown, fewer seeds can be saved. A supply of quality seed at the home can mean a family is less affected by poor growing seasons. 

2. Self-reliance. With growing food prices and an unstable economy, why rely on food from an outside source? Especially in the chance of a disaster that could deplete the nation’s food supply. In the book, Saving Seeds by Marc Rogers, he writes, “any small measure of self-reliance we can recapture in our overly dependent society is a cause for satisfaction.” We agree! Becoming more self-reliant means access to the high-quality food right outside your doorstep. A steady stream of seeds will allow you to do just that. 

3. Demand for seeds. The concern over GMO food and chemical-laden ingredients now found in common commercial foods has prompted more people to start their own gardens, thus, more seeds are being sold. Gone are the microwaveable meals! More families are cooking from scratch with vegetables found in their very own backyard. Consequently, it may be worth your time to get the seed you want when it’s available. 

4. Pre-planning your future garden. Planning a garden is a little like homework. From deciding what you’d like to grow and how much, to preparing the soil, researching growing techniques and finding the perfect garden location: there may be some late nights. Luckily, it’s well worth the effort. Planning for the future can mean a more successful growing season, with better yields and more succulent vegetables. Ordering seed ahead of time will ensure you have everything you need when it’s time to implement all those ideas. 

5. Peace of mind. Many people want to know that the food they eat is safe. Having a steady supply of herbs and vegetables is a great way to feel secure about what you’re feeding yourself and your family. You’ll know that quality seed was used, and will gain valuable experiences with organic growing practices. Another aspect of peace of mind is in knowing that you are equipped to live self-sufficiently in cases of natural or man-made disasters. 

Having a supply of high quality seeds available at any given time is becoming more and more mainstream for many people. Why not ordering seed go to the top of your list?

***Friends, we’re curious: What are the reasons you order seed now rather than later? Are there any reasons that weren’t mentioned above? 

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed. We’re also proud to say we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!!

Does starting your first garden seem too overwhelming or you have limited space? Check out this option: The Tower Garden Aeroponic Growing System.

 

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A Guide To Long-Term Seed Storage

February 20th, 2014

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Seeds are living things. For that reason, you have to treat them as such. Just like any living creature – exposure to too much cold, heat, sunlight – even moisture – can kill their essence. In fact, as a general rule, any 1% increase in moisture can mean seed life is cut in half. Knowing more about long term seed storage will ensure their viability when you need them most, and can guarantee a never-ending food supply.

Remember that the only seed that can produce another fertile seed are non-hybrid or open-pollinated seeds, so be sure your pick has these qualities before you start preparing for long-term seed storage.

Why Try Long Term Seed Storage

For one thing, having a continuous supply of fresh produce is one best investments you can make for your health. Additionally, people from all over the country are making efforts to prepare for the worst. Can you blame them? In an unsteady global economy and food market, and considering the impact of natural and man-made disasters – it’s vital to consider your food supply in an emergency situation. You may want to consider, what you would do if our food supply were cut off? Or if the price of food became unaffordable? Stockpiling cans and dried goods can be lifesaving, but what happens if it runs out?

Here’s how to get started for long term seed storage.

The Three Most Effective Ways To Store Seeds Long-Term

Refrigerating Seeds: This method can prolong seed lifespans. Many seed savers simply place seeds in zip block bags with another fabric or brown paper bag over it to prevent light seeping in and penetrating the seeds. Do keep in mind that depending on the availability of refrigeration in an emergency situation, this method isn’t always dependable. Also, refrigeration exposes seeds to some moisture and can decrease viability. If you do have access to a refrigerator, vacuum sealing seeds and refrigerating combined was found to have one highest rates of germination after 12 months.

Vacuum Sealing Seeds: As we mentioned above, moisture is one of leading reasons seeds deteriorate quickly. Vacuum-sealing ensures seed humidity levels are low and can keep seeds dormant for years. While there is an initial investment in purchasing a vacuum seal-packaging machine, the end result is a reliable method to seed storage, even without refrigeration.

Water Proof Storage Containers And Bags:  Traditional seed packets just won’t cut it in terms of long term seed storage. There is too much risk of exposure to sunlight, humidity, and temperature fluctuation. Re-sealable Mylar® bags and other FDA food safe containers that are air-tight and waterproof can be very reliable in terms of seed storage. Because seeds are dormant and you do not want to activate the seed, store seeds in a dark, cool location.

The Problem With Freezing Seeds: While some seed savers swear by seed storage in a freezer, many are on the fence about freezing seeds. The argument: since seeds absorb and expel moisture in the air, there’s a chance a seed’s moisture level will shift. Freezing seeds can even force seeds to expand, causing the fibers to deteriorate. What do you all think about freezing seeds? Have you tried freezing seeds with success?

***Friends, what are your favorite methods for long term seed storage? What have you tried that worked? What didn’t work***

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease.  We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed.

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The Most Frost Tolerant Plants In Your Garden

December 1st, 2012

Don’t wait until after the last frost to plant these vegetables that prefer cooler weather. These plants can take a little frost – and should be planted a month or more before your area’s last average frost. While most vegetables may perform better when started indoors, radishes, turnips, and lettuce germinate and grow rapidly, and are simple to sow directly into the ground. When they are finished growing in the spring, it’s easy to grow warm loving vegetables in their place. Be sure to follow spacing recommendations, and place them in a full sun location during the coolest months.

Broccoli – This nutrient packed plant loves cool weather, and will tolerate a day or two of frost or freezing weather. Plant this vegetable approximately a month prior to your area’s average last frost date. We carry the Di Cicco Italian variety in our Veggin’ Out and The Producer seed kits.

Carrots – These beta-carotene rich vegetables taste sweeter in cooler weather, but can be enjoyed in the spring, summer, and fall. Adding mulch over the roots to keep the soil from freezing can add even more vitality during the winter months. The Scarlet Nantes Carrot, featured in Veggin’ Out and The Producer has a reputation for abundant production.

Chives – These perennial herbs are incredibly weather tolerant, and can be harvested in the spring as leaves appear. Our Purly Chives offer a mild onion flavor, and can found in the Uncle Herb’s Favorites seed kit.

Collards – These hardy greens love cold weather, and can even tolerate a hard freeze. They also fair well in the warmer months, though- keep them out of extremely hot weather.

Lettuce – Green leafy vegetables like lettuce do quite well in cool weather, but need some protection from freezing weather. When gardeners take the time to plant a few seeds every week, a crop can become available on a continuous basis. Red lettuce varieties, like our Red Saladbowl can add beautiful color to your garden.

Peas – These cool season vegetables grow well on a fence or teepee, and under direct sunlight.

Radish – These cool weather-loving vegetables can be harvested as quickly as a month after seeds are planted. You may want to grow these smaller vegetables in containers to save space in your garden.

Spinach – Spinach is loved by gardeners for its low maintenance and cold tolerance. These plants perform better in areas with mild winters, and thrive in the shade during the summer months.

Swiss Chard – Our Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard is one of the most cold tolerant varieties around. This pretty leafy green tastes great raw, sautéed, or added to your favorite soup.

Learn how to protect plants that are not frost tolerant: Protecting Plants From Extreme Cold

**Friends, which frost tolerant plants do you have in your garden right now? How are they doing?

 

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease.  We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed.

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The Value of Humble Seed: We ExSeed Expectations!

November 16th, 2011

In the number of years of growing our own herbs and produce, on occasion we may have all purchased seeds from a grocery store or garden supplies store. As we brush off the dust that has settled on each package, one may notice the seeds looked quite normal and were ridiculously cheap. But as the plants begin to grow in size and take shape, one cannot help but grow weary of what our families are actually eating. It is difficult not to wonder: how long were the seeds in the store for? Were they exposed to the sun, rain and other elements? Were these
seeds genetically modified? Or perhaps inoculated with pesticides? Is there a possibility that these seeds were hybrid or pollinated in a controlled environment, and are now unable to regenerate a seed for future planting? In essence, life is like a package of store bought seeds, you never know what you’re going to get. We soon begin to realize that all seeds are not alike.

The Difference: This is why Humble Seed has a different philosophy that allows you more control over your gardening and what ultimately goes on your plate. We do this by ensuring our seeds are non-genetically modified and non-hybrid, we feature numerous organic and heirloom varieties as well. In addition, all of our products are carefully stored within temperature controlled environments prior to being shipped directly to your home or business.  Our convenient garden seed kits offer you the ability to:

  • Grow herbs and vegetables that are fresher and more nutritional than their store-bought counterparts.
  • Save money by purchasing seeds in bulk and growing your own foods.
  • Engage your family around a backyard experience, and educate children on the importance of gardening for a sustainable way of living.
  • Learn how to garden in convenient, inexpensive, and informative ways.
  • Sustain yourself with garden know-how in case future disasters deplete our food supplies.

Themed Bundled Packages:
When you purchase a garden kit, you get to choose from a variety of carefully themed packages that are convenient and wonderful for busy lifestyles. Whether you are a spicy food fan and prefer a variety of hot and spicy chilies, want to grow your own herb garden, or someone who
follows a raw, vegetarian or healthy diet and desires the freshest and most nutritious vegetables to choose from; Humble Seed has a package that will suit your gardening needs. We also offer The Producer, a bulk seed kit with a vast array of fruits and vegetables for larger gardens.

Safe Packaging: Our seeds are never exposed to harsh conditions and are stored in environmentally controlled conditions until shipping. This ensures optimum germination when planting. Before being shipped, seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags which provide further seed protection, as well as the opportunity to plant right away or in the future.

We Believe In Open-Pollinated Seeds: Humble Seed features seeds that are open-pollinated. This means that each seed is naturally pollinated by birds, insects, wind, and other natural processes. Outside of our jalapeno, hybrid parent plants are never used, and your seeds can be harvested and re-planted, producing the same plant as the parent.

Guaranteed Non-GMO Seeds: We use only non-GMO seeds and ensure that seeds were never genetically modified or changed, and will traditionally grow the same plant in which originated. Non-GMO seeds also contain the maximum amount of nutrition a human needs to sustain vitality and good health. How much do you know about Genetically Modified plants and seeds? Take the quiz below!

Test your GMO Knowledge!  Quiz yourself with these True-False and Multiple Choice questions.

 

1. What are three of the most common genetically modified foods?

a. corn, soy and potatoes

b. broccoli, soybeans and carrots

c. almonds, green beans, tomatoes

d. Walnuts, parsley and kiwi

 

2. (True or false) The top five most common genetically modified foods are genetically modified to produce their own insecticide.

 

3. Which television network showed a poll that found 93% of people want the government to require labeling on GMO foods?

a. NBC

b. ABC

c. ESPN

d. The Food Network

 

4. (True or false) In the genetic modification process, biotech scientists often use viruses and bacteria to invade cells of plants and in-plant foreign genes.

 

5. Based on animal research, what problems can result from consuming GMO foods?

a. reproductive problems

b. infertility

c. auto-immune
diseases

d. all of the above

 

6. (True or false) One way to identify GM seeds is to simply look at the package.

 

Answers: 1)a, 2)True, 3)b, 4)True, 5)d, 6)False

 

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Seed Spotlight: Washington Cherry Tomato

March 22nd, 2011

 

Whether you’re hungry for a healthy snack or making appetizers, salads, and more, cherry tomatoes are a great choice for nutritional eating and enhancing a variety of foods. When picked fresh from the vine, radiant red cherry tomatoes offer full-of-flavor juices that showcase the wonderful flavors of the gardening season, and these little beauties will keep growing all season long.

Our organic Washington Cherry Tomato seeds produce 1 ¼” meaty and flavorful fruits. Seeds can be sown in spring after the average last spring frost and when soil temperatures reach 60 degrees. Tomato plants can be grown in a warm area that receives plenty of sunlight. In warm winter/hot areas, they can also be planted in early fall for winter harvesting. If growing cherry tomatoes you will need a tomato cage or other support system. Cherry tomatoes are lycopene-rich!

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy cherry tomatoes try slow roasting them. Richly flavored, they pair well with soft cheese and crackers—it’s the perfect warm weather appetizer. Simply cut cherry tomatoes in half, lengthwise, then place cut side up in a roasting pan. Sprinkle cut tomatoes with fresh thyme leaves then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Liberally drizzle tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil then place roasting pan in a 200 degree oven for 6-8 hours. When finished, the tomatoes will be collapsed but not dried out. Cool then serve with accompaniments. Tasty tomatoes indeed!

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Humble Seed’s “1,000 Fans Contest”

July 20th, 2010

Humble Seed knows everyone loves a great contest, and we certainly know there are people who are passionate about the environment and the foods they consume, so we’ve launched our “1,000 Fans Contest” and made it even easier to enter!

With the world being in the current state it is in, where people crave ‘back to basics,’ Humble Seed strives to promote the earth-friendly, positive sustainable lifestyle, via our Facebook page, premium products and informative blog posts.

At Humble Seed, we’re dedicated to providing individuals and families with the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties. Become a Humble Seed Facebook fan, and spread the love, and you can win a great prize (contest rules below). Our goal is to reach 1,000 followers!

To enter Humble Seed’s “1,000 Fans Contest,” you must do the following:

  1. Quickly enter our sweepstakes via our Facebook entry form here –http://bit.ly/WinHumbleSeed
  2. Afterwards we ask that you invite your friends to enter too and the sooner you may win!
  3. Once Humble Seed reaches 1,000 fans, Humble Seed will arbitrarily select a fan, and we ask that the winner post photos of their plants and foods as they grow. We want to see how everything’s going and growing!
  4. The winner of Humble Seed’s “1,000 Fans Contest” will win the Humble Seed Trio, which includes the following products: Uncle Herb’s Favorites, Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles, and Veggin’ Out, as well as a garden tool tote. Total retail value: $110.00. Offer limited to U.S. residents only. (Due to export restrictions on seeds)

Good luck, and good living!

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Celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary with New Green Practices

April 22nd, 2010

Have you thought about how you will honor Earth Day? There’s no better time than the present to consider new green practices to make life better, for yourself, your family, and the planet. And, today, there are more eco-friendly options than ever to help you green your lifestyle, including: purchasing clothes made from sustainable fabrics, contacting your local power utility company to ask about their Green Power or Green Energy Options, updating your home with recyclable materials, bringing back the clothesline to dry your clothes (according to Planet Green, the dryer is number two on the list of household energy hogs), and, the list goes on and on.

Another great way to incorporate more green into your life is by growing your own foods, and one great convenience with growing your own foods is that you can start out as small or as big as you are able. Whether you are limited to container or greenhouse gardening, or even if you have a section of your yard suitable for Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles and Uncle Herb’s Favorites, growing your own foods is more doable and easier than you may believe, and it’s therapeutic. Once you begin growing from seed and reaping the many benefits of your very own ‘local’ foods, the satisfaction you’ll receive is a powerful motivator to continue living a sustainable food lifestyle.

Having your own garden is like having your own small healthy ecosystem. From nurturing chemical-free soil to growing heirloom, organic, non-GMO, and non-hybrid seeds, and feeding your family the freshest foods sourced from your yard to composting kitchen leftovers to enrich your garden soil, each of these steps help make a healthy difference in your life and the planet.

Keep it real, and go green!

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Humble Seed – “Life As A Seed”

April 19th, 2010

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Hello, from Humble Seed!

March 28th, 2010

Hello, and welcome to the Humble Seed blog. We are a family run garden seed kit business that provides premium heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to various individuals and organizations, ranging from gardening hobbyists to preppers and nursing homes to schools. Our top-quality seeds are bundled and themed into eye-catching garden seed kits—Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles, Uncle Herb’s Favorites, Veggin’ Out, and The Producer.
 
We’re blogging because we’re passionate about the many benefits that come from growing your own foods. We’re also interested in food and societal trends—as we know many of you are—and we’re excited to share what we know and learn. From specific seed varieties to food recalls that are taking place and why, and great recipes to hot topics in the garden seed world, you’ll be able to find informative and interesting information here at Humble Seed’s blog.
 
So, bookmark this blog, and forward it on to your gardening friends and colleagues then come back soon.
 
Happy gardening!

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