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HOW TO CHECK FOR SEED VIABILITY
MAKE YOUR OWN SEED TAPES
DIY SOIL SIFTER
HOW I KEEP CRITTERS OUT OF MY GARDEN
HELPFUL GARDEN HOW-TO'S
GROWING ELDERBERRIES FOR HEALTH
GROWING CASSAVA

HOW TO CHECK FOR SEED VIABILITY

Don't throw away those older seeds. More than likely they are still good. I have had seeds germinate after 15 years of storage. This video has a simple way to check the viability of your seeds. Simple!

MAKE YOUR OWN SEED TAPES

DIY Seed Tape For Perfectly Sowing Tiny Seeds (ruralsprout.com)

This is a super idea for seeds that are difficult to work with, tiny little things.  Her idea of using toilet paper is good, but you might also consider $1.25 STORE paper towels.  They come apart easily and are very thin.  

You can make your tapes as long or wide as you like.  Spacing of seeds is usually marked on the package, but many times, as in container gardens, it depends on the amount of space available.

This article is easy to follow.  I hope it gives you some ideas on how to save time and frustration planting itty, bitty seeds. Oh, and just an additional idea, consider using tweezers to gently pick up the seeds.  

DIY SOIL SIFTER

Here is a super easy way to make a soil sifter or sieve to remove sticks, leaves, pieces of mulch, stones and hard clumps of dirt from your soil to be used as seedling soil or seed starter.  

One of these sifters, shown in the picture, can be made with a wooden frame, old dresser draw or like mine with a plastic basket with large holes.  

The object is to place your lumpy-bumpy soil in the sifter and shake it over a wheel barrow, piece of cardboard or other item to catch the new soil.  What is left behind can be used for composting or added to other mulch.

You will need enough 1/4 inch hardware cloth to cover and possibly go up the sides of your project and a way to attach it.  Mine uses small zip ties.  I placed the hardware cloth form fitted to the inside of the basket, then zip tied it down.  If using a wooden frame, you can use staples with a staple gun.  You could even use pieces of thin wood to screw on top of the staples to hold them more securely.

 

HOW I KEEP CRITTERS OUT OF MY GARDEN

I don't know what about you, but I get terribly frustrated when I work hard to create something and a critter gets in the area and destroys my hard work. If you are a gardener, you know what I mean.  

The other day in the late afternoon, I looked out my dining room window and lo and behold there was a kitty bouncing through my planted container boxes. No No, said I to the kitty.  

Then al few days later, something else came up, thinking it was a rabbit, and had supper out of my lettuce container box. No No, said I to the bunny.  

Then about a week later, I saw the droppings of a huge, about 4 feet, Iguana lizard really close to the fencing around the garden area. Those munchkins love to eat vegetation. No No, said I to the Iguana.

So, what was I to do. I couldn't stay outside all night and protect my plants.  Then I remembered... 

When we used to live on the farm all sorts of critters would come up in the night and wreak havoc with the garden and the chicken house.  Ugh! I was always fussing about those unhappy animals getting into my "Happy Garden" and chicken house, sometimes eating or maiming my chickens. What did I do? No electricity...no problem. I bought some large solar lighting with motion detectors. They work. You only need the sun to recharge the batteries.  

So I happily did that here with my little container garden. It works!  Yay! Yay! said I. No more critters coming around for dinner. Now all I need is something to catch those darn over-sized grasshoppers. I actually think they eat more than all the other critters. 

But seriously, the motion detector, solar lights work. If you buy any, don't go cheap. Take it from me, they won't last. Spend the few extra dollars and be happy. In fact, buy two or three. You'll be happier!

HELPFUL GARDEN HOW-TO'S

READ THIS: HATE SLUGS? HERE'S 3 WAYS TO KILL THEM 
Garden Slugs? 3 Easy Ways to Kill Them WITHOUT Poison - The Grow Network : The Grow Network

MAKE YOUR OWN POTTING SOIL MIX (I don't remember the source on this. I've had it for quite some time.)  See photo of my batch of potting soil.
1.5 quarts of peat moss
1.5 quarts of compost (you make or buy, but check ingredients, if purchased
1/2 gallon perlite or vermiculite
1/2 cup fertilizer (organic) Down to Earth brand was recommended

GROWING AND SAVING TOMATO SEEDS THE RIGHT WAY - James in Jersey
https://youtu.be/_uff4Bawudw

A VERY UNIQUE WAY TO GROW LETTUCE OR MICROGREEN ALL YEAR
https://youtu.be/7IXn2t8GLh0

GROWING ELDERBERRIES FOR HEALTH

Here is an incredible amount of information sent to me by friends of GPRevived.  You will discover ideas on the benefits of elderberries, where to buy them, what to buy, how to use them, how to grow them and anything else you might like to know.

ELDERBERRIES FOR HEALTH, WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
https://youtu.be/Ksgc8p3pDTI
F
OR MORE INFORMATION ON MULTIPLE TYPES OF ELDERBERRIES, PLANTS & PRODUCTS
www.riverhillsharvest.com
https://thegrownetwork.com/elderberry-sambucus-nigra/ 
How to grow elderberries organically (and elderflowers) - Tyrant Farms

Photo from TheGrowNetwork

GROWING CASSAVA

Cassava is easy to grow and full of health benefits. David the Good states that he has grown it in Zone 8, Alabama. Cassava is a tropical plant. Excellent food for emergency use.