Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's All in the Numbers.....and Seeds!

I can't wait to spend long, sweet days in my flower gardens this summer. It's almost time. Like most  of you, I work till I can barely walk into the house, then collapse. But I am right back out there every evening, surveying every little improvement.( I call it surveying my kingdom).  Gardening is so good about giving us both immediate and long term rewards. Here's part of my little kingdom:

But until then, a great article in the February/March 2011 issue of Birds and Blooms talked about seeds and some interesting facts about them.

 The Big 3
According to Burpee, the top three ornamental seed varieties are: sunflowers, zinnias, and marigolds.

Packets of heirloom tomato seeds average around $2.75 each at

You can save $40.00 or more if you grow your own zinnias from seed instead of buying plants.

68 degrees
Most seeds won't germinate until the ground temperature hits 68 degrees. This goes for indoor seed starting as well.

5-10- not life
Cucumbers,melons and tomatoes are among the vegetables with the longest seed life, good for 5-10 years.

49 years
The is the average age of home gardeners.......

BUT.... 70% of all home gardeners are women!


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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' that pic of the field of zinnias! Can't wait to see the beautiful colors myself:@)

Maggie said...

Great post, made this gardening gal smile!

Snap said...

Fun post! I plant all my zinnias by seed and some reseed (in the most interesting place!!!). Garden on!!!!

The Tablescaper said...

Summer flowers!!! So fun.

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