Category Archives: Seeds, Seeding and Seedlings
It’s, quite possibly, my favorite time of year to grow Towers in Florida. It’s not too hot to be outside, it’s not too cold that I have to worry about a frost. Bugs start to diminish, and crops just flourish! One crop in particular loves the cooler nights that we start to see in October. STRAWBERRIES! That means our strawberry seedlings will soon be ready.
The Tower Garden website has always looked very swish, but it’s had a face lift and now looks even better! It’s got a sleek, clean fresh feel about it, but best of all, it’s mobile friendly! I mean, who doesn’t have some kind of mobile device nowadays?
You received your Tower Garden, you started some seeds and you sit back and wait. After 1-2 weeks you go ahead and put them in your Tower Garden, the next day they look like this!
Have you ever attempted to start your own seedlings for your Tower Garden, only to have few, if any germinate? It can be frustrating when all you want to do is grow your own food! It all boils down to the seed. We wrote a post a few years ago giving you some insight on why your seed failed to germinate. Starting with good quality seeds is important to ensure you have a good, strong plant. Poor quality seeds often result in poor germination rate. Personally, I wouldn’t waste your time or money with big box stores seeds. They have often been sat on the shop floor and subject to heat and humidity.
There are a number of different things to consider when purchasing seeds. Do you want an heirloom or hybrid variety? What about GMOs and Organic? (See our post here as we define different seed types you’ll find whilst shopping for seeds). Many varieties are bred to be resistant to certain diseases and this can be a great help! You will also want to purchase varieties that do well in your climate. Below we list our top sources for Non-GMO seeds. It’s important to note that GMO seeds are generally not available for the average grower to purchase. However if you are saving seeds from store bought produce that is not organic there is a chance the seeds are from crops that have been genetically altered.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds is my favorite. They offer a HUGE selection of Organic and non-organic seeds and all are non-GMO. They offer free shipping on orders of $200 or more and coupon codes are occasionally available offering free shipping on smaller orders. You can request a free catalog and learn tons of information in their Growers Center. It even includes a Growers Library with information on growing virtually every crop! Johnny’s Seeds is a great resource for the gardener, even if you are not purchasing seeds from them.
You can get Free Shipping on any size order at Burpee.com with code AFFBFS55. Or you can get $10 off $50 purchase (excluding gift cards at using code AFFBTEN5 Both coupons expire on 1/11/15. You can request a free catalog on their website.
Park seed offers Free Shipping on First Order of $40 or More With E-mail Signup. A free catalog can also be requested on their website.
American Meadows is another provider of Non-GMO seeds and they are currently offering Free Shipping on Promotional Seed Packets.
Your seedlings have served their time and it’s time to start your own seeds but how do you know how many to use? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! When seeding in rockwool for the Tower Garden it is important to have a good quality seed. As we often use just one seed per rockwool cube we immediately notice if they fail to germinate (unlike traditional gardening where we sprinkle a whole row of seeds and thin them out later)
There are so many terms out there when it comes to seeds, but do you know what each of them really means?
We listened to your feedback and we have tried to make the order process a little easier.
- On the left, click on Seedlings then Mix n Match.
The number one reason customers decide to purchase their seedlings through us (order at www.livingtowerseedlings.com) is because theirs fail to germinate. When you are growing in the ground and you scatter a number on the soil you barely notice if they don’t all sprout. It’s very different seeding for a Tower Garden. Most of the crops (with the exception of herbs, lettuce mixes and some other greens) require just one seed in each rockwool cube so you certainly notice when nothing sprouts!