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How to Get a Truly Green Thumb: Heirloom Seeds, Sources, Starting Mix

How to Get a  Truly Green Thumb: Heirloom Seeds, Sources, Starting Mix

When you buy your seeds this winter, consider heirloom and native species! Seed biodiversity depends on backyard gardeners like you. Here is why this matters, some of the best do-it-yourself seed starting mixes, a seed glossary, and six heirloom seed catalog recommendations.

Why it Matters to Buy Heirloom Seeds Plus About Seed-Saving
The loss of genetic seed diversity facing us today may lead to a catastrophe far beyond our imagining.

Take the Seed Savvy Quiz and see how your knowledge stacks up!

Heirloom Seeds More What and Why?
Vegetable varieties which predate the current seed production and food distribution systems we have in this country are called heirlooms.

When to Start Seedlings
Most gardeners start seedlings too soon. Do you?

Seeds of Life Seed Glossary
Humans today rely upon just 20 varieties of plants for 90 percent of their food.

Simple Egg-shell Pots for Sprouting Seeds
Here is an imaginative idea for handy seed-starters that makes a pretty decoration: you don’t need to buy trays or pots to start your seeds when you can use eggshells instead!

About Treated Seeds
Some methods of seed treatment are known to be hazardous to the health of the people who use and manufacture them.

January’s Gardener To-Do List

Nine Steps to Starting Seeds

Amy Goldman’s Favorite Squashes

Seed Starting Mix – One
4 parts peat
2 parts perlite
2 parts vermiculite

Seed Starting Mix – Two
1/3 Potting Soil
1/3 Sand
1/3 Garden soil (needs to be well tilled)
Mix all 3 parts together very well

Seed Starting Mix – Three
Just peat


Heirloom Seeds

Rare Seed Catalog (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Seed Savers
Seeds Trust

Seeds of Change

Victory Seeds (open pollinated and heirloom seeds)

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:47AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


3:05AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you :)

9:46AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

I'll have to try this

7:43PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013


12:52PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thanks for the soil recipies too. I'm starting my vegie & herb garden planting in pots as well as a small vegie patch and now have a great start as the soil is the heart and vitallity of the plant to get the best nurtients. In Australia we have a lot of magnesium deficiency due to the lack in the soil from over farming and so I found out it's important to put minerals in our soils for this reason.

12:02PM PST on Feb 21, 2013


9:42AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:21AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Yummy tomatoes and pumpkins I have grown with Heirloom seeds.

3:41AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

thank you

12:46PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Thank you

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