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Can I use these seeds?

Despite the several inches of snow still on the ground, it's time to start thinking about gardening. I have some seeds left over from last year - are they going to be any good? How do I make sure that they're still viable? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 10, 2014 - 10 answers

 

Even googling "bedbugs" is making us itchy

We moved into a new apartment a month and a half ago, and bought a used (like new) couch from an acquaintance two weeks ago. About a week ago, I started noticing a few (total of 3 or 4) of these on the floor in my bedroom. Today I saw one on the couch, and one on the living room floor. Any idea what they are? We've seen a few enormous cockroaches and a few small flies, but we're not itchy or rashy or anything. We're located in Philadelphia.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it okay to plant pepper seeds from China?

A friend of mine recently brought back a bag of crushed red pepper from her home city in China. I had the idea of trying to plant some of the seeds in my plot at a local community garden and seeing if they'd grow. My concern is whether this would be safe and legal to do. [more inside]
posted by serathen on May 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Urban gardener flower seed resource?

I'm looking for a reliable, affordable online outlet to buy flower seeds for my container garden. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Seed/Pit ID

What are these? The starlings that nest in our eaves drop them all over our deck. The one on the left is fresh - it fell on my head just before I took the photo - and the other is at least several days old. We are in San Francisco. Nothing in our backyard produces things with seeds/pits except our Meyer lemon tree. Any ideas?
posted by rtha on Mar 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Will pomegranate seeds hurt my young daughter?

Are pomegranate seeds safe for my 8 year old daughter to eat? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Where can I get some American Chestnut seeds or seedlings?

I am interested in growing blight resistant American Chestnut Trees in Northern New Jersey. Where can I find seeds or seedlings? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan on Nov 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Mystery seeds

What are these mysterious seeds? They're 2-3 mm in diameter and about 2 mm high, spherical but slightly flattened (like a small tomato) with a brown hull and a round hilum. Important: the seeds were found in the gizzards of 23 day old broilers, so the hulls have been partly removed, some elements (like hairs) may be lost and colours may have been altered The broilers are from Western France, but the seeds could have contaminated an imported feed ingredient (such as Brazilian soybean meal or Ukrainian sunflower meal). [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me find resources that explain the terms of "ownership" in patents on improved seeds and plant materials.

I have a question about patents in relationship to "improved" seeds and plant materials (my knowledge of IP law and plant breeding is pretty limited). I'm trying to understand more precisely the terms of ownership of these agreements. For example, I understand there are reach-through provisions that exclude materials from being used for purposes other than research. I also understand that many biotech firms are not interested in plant materials that contain technologies not already part of their IP portfolios. Please direct me to resources that will help me understand the terms of ownership -- how "property," in this case is information, is made explicit with these agreements.
posted by grubstake on Jul 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Adam's Needle bearing fruit: what now?

YuccaFilter: I have an Adam's Needle in my front yard (yucca filamentosa, I believe) which has flowered, and is now bearing fruit! My question: what to do with these little green gourds? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Jul 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Seed help please!

What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on May 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me build a little greenhouse in your soul

Please help me make the most out of my tiny new greenhouse. Tips on growing, stretching the seasons, maintenance, record-keeping and other garden matters are welcome. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on May 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Seed-filter: Can you ID this seed?

Seed-filter: Can you identify this seed (head-on, profile)? My mom came across this odd seed and is wondering what it is. I suggested that we plant it to figure out, but decided that Asking Metafilter might be a faster option.
posted by rdn on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I grow Cestrum Nocturnum?

Help me grow my own Lady of the Night! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Organic Nuts and Seeds Quality

What's a good online/mailorder source for organic nuts and seeds? A google search turns up a few results, but it doesn't give you an objective look at the quality and freshness of their product. Any experiences you could share? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Apr 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Trouble with tiny seedlings

I'm growing plants indoors in pots for transferring outside later, and some of them aren't doing as well as others. [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Apr 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Give me your favorite vegetable seeds!

What varieties of vegetables should I plant in my tiny front yard garden in DC? I have a bunch of seed catalogues, but the 10+ pages of tomato varieties are overwhelming! What are your favorite varieties of tomato, cucumber, beans, etc. to grow? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Mar 1, 2012 - 34 answers

Seed Swap help!

The community garden where I volunteer is planning their first ever seed swap and I’m the one organizing it. Help! [more inside]
posted by bCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 1 answer

Easy-to-grow, attractive seedlings for wedding favors

I'm getting married in early September. Huzzah! My fiancé and I were originally planning on skipping favors, but we're now considering doing a combined favor/place card—seedlings, based heavily on this. To keep the cost down, we'd like to grow the plants from seeds ourselves, but we're not sure what plants would be best for this kind of project, and we obviously need to limit the chances for failure here. Help us get it right. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Survival Blanket or 2mil Hydroponic Mylar?

What is the reflective difference between Survival Blanket Mylar and hydroponic quality 1mil or 2mil Mylar? [more inside]
posted by wonderfullyrich on Jan 3, 2012 - 6 answers

seeds in my toilet brush holder

Mysterious seeds in toilet brush holder. WTF? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Where do I buy seeds for hydroponics? And assorted questions.

I'm thinking about starting an indoor hydroponic garden soon, using a guide I found on Instructables for DWC. What are some good vegetables/fruits to grow beyond tomatoes and herbs, which would ideally grow at similar temperatures and light levels as tomatoes and herbs? And what's the best place to buy seeds, either online or in the Princeton/New Brunswick, NJ area? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Unique seeds for pops!

My dad loves being outside. I want to get him some cool/fun seeds for Christmas to plant in the spring. What should I get? He lives in south eastern Wisconsin (zone 5). [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Oct 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Self terminating seeds?

Daughter (grade 11) is researching self terminating seeds. Not "natural" hybrids, but actual technological termination. Please help her (and myself) find credible citations about this technology. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Sep 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Sprouter Recommendations?

Recommendations for a sprouter? Have tried the jar method which resulted in slimy sprouts, and would like to buy something purpose-made! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Aug 27, 2011 - 8 answers

What are these pods in my garden?

What are these pods in my garden? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo on Jun 19, 2011 - 3 answers

O (malt) barley, where art thou?

Where in Pennsylvania can I find malt barley seed? A friend and new brewer wants to grow his own barley, but prefers to source it locally and organically. My barley fu fails. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jun 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Fruit Smoothie Nutrition

Couple nutrition-related questions concerning fruit smoothies. [more inside]
posted by frankly mister on May 28, 2011 - 11 answers

What can I do with an unecpected, 4 lb. bag of Sesame Seeds?

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, I have come into possession of an extremely large bag of sesame seeds. What interesting or appetizing things can I do with these seeds? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Feb 25, 2011 - 22 answers

What are some good seeds to give as gifts?

This is for all of the green thumb mefites out there. I am looking for unique seeds to give as a gift to a friend who lives in southeastern Alabama. She is an advanced gardener with a degree in horticulture, so it should be something rewarding, but with a bit of a challenge I think. She enjoys interesting flowers as well as food goods. Any good suggestions?
posted by ozomatli on Feb 25, 2011 - 13 answers

How to sow seeds properly?

I am planting a container garden for the first time. I am planting herbs and vegetables that require 36" of space when mature, but I'm wondering if I need to give them that much space when I am sowing them and growing seedlings? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Feb 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Should I eat pumpkin seeds?

Should I eat this? Pumpkin seeds were soaking in salt water for several days. Still okay to roast and eat? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Oct 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Chia Seeds

Can anyone tell me if chia seeds are unsuitable for breast feeding mothers
posted by the noob on Oct 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Pimp my pumpkin seeds!

Well, guys, it's hard squash season again (finally!) and I intend to roast and nom every seed I can get my hands on. What are your best pumpkin seed recipes and tips? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 27, 2010 - 13 answers

So, I'm paranoid about starving, shoot me. Ok don't.

I'd like to buy enough seeds to grow enough food to survive for 2 years, for 6 people. And then store it. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Aug 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Vintage seed bombing

Seed-bombing filter: Are latex balloons OK to throw into vacant lots? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Jun 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Stand up, damn you, stand up!

Help me, GardeningMeFi - is something wrong with my newly-germinated baby vegetables? Why are they so spindly but still healthy? [more inside]
posted by cromagnon on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Seeds aren't sprouting.

I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Searching for searching for bugs

EntomologyFilter - Help a librarian out of his depth find a better plan of attack on some specific insect-related searching. I need to know if terminology exists for what I need to find. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

What to do with seeds?

What do people do with seeds besides plant them? Examples: Watermelon seed necklaces, cherry pit spit distance contest...etc [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jan 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Heirloom Garlic in NE Illinois

I'd like to find a source in NE Illinois or even Chicago for heirloom seeds and garlic for my Aunt, bricks and mortar if possible. I couldn't seem to find anything promising online, and there are a lot of online places, but I'm in Canada so I have no experience with the U.S. based companies. [more inside]
posted by glip on Sep 20, 2009 - 5 answers

What is this strange seed/fruit that fell from the sky?

This "fell out of the sky" near my house. I have never seen this kind of seed or fruit before. Does anyone know what this is?
posted by senador on Aug 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Well, they ARE seeds...

Are culinary seeds and beans (whole spices, dried peas, etc.) treated to prevent germination? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jun 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Will my flowers grow?

How long is a pack of flower seeds good for? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

where can I buy open pollinated seeds?

Is there a place in eastern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire where I can purchase open pollinated/heirloom seeds in person? Prefer Metro-West, but I'll go where the seeds are.
posted by Mayor Curley on Feb 28, 2009 - 6 answers

If I bury this pot seed will it grow?

So every now and then a few seeds show up in the shake. Are these real, growable marijuana seeds? If I planted one, and gave it all the TLC yer supposta, would it grow? Or do you need to get your hands on some sort of special seed stock if you hope to raise a plant?
posted by It ain't over yet on Feb 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Entomology Filter: What are these these seed-like pods? Bug eggs?

Entomology Filter: Ant-hill structures in my bedroom. Do I have ants or some other kind of bug? Strange that I haven't seen ONE bug in the three months I've lived here. (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Jan 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Legality to mail US consumer vegetable seed packets to Kenya?

Are there any export restrictions (or whatnot) regarding me (a US non-business entity) sending a bunch of packages of consumer vegetable-garden seeds to a foreign country (Kenya) as a gift? I'm sure there are some restrictions on receiving foreign seeds, but.. outgoing? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jan 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Keep my garden growing

Where can I get quality seeds on line? Looking specifically for beets and chick peas (trying out mid-summer planting, why not). I have a broken ankle so I can't get to the garden store and they have garbage seeds anyway. Thanks!
posted by nax on Jul 21, 2008 - 10 answers

ID this little white flower?

Flower Identification filter: What is this plant? [more inside]
posted by MaudB on Jul 16, 2008 - 7 answers

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