I get seed packets that (usually) give a germination rate. How do I calculate how many seeds to plant to give me a 'y' probability of getting 'z' seeds to germinate? [more inside]
I recently read this terribly sad article
in the Guardian, which describes how cotton farmers in India "must purchase fresh seeds as retailers sell them only as hybrid cultivars, which prevents growers from replanting them the following year." [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
I'm looking for a reliable, affordable online outlet to buy flower seeds for my container garden. [more inside]
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?
Are pomegranate seeds safe for my 8 year old daughter to eat? [more inside]
I am interested in growing blight resistant American Chestnut Trees in Northern New Jersey. Where can I find seeds or seedlings? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
I'm growing plants indoors in pots for transferring outside later, and some of them aren't doing as well as others. [more inside]
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]
The community garden where I volunteer is planning their first ever seed swap and I’m the one organizing it. Help! [more inside]
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]
What is the reflective difference between Survival Blanket Mylar and hydroponic quality 1mil or 2mil Mylar? [more inside]
Mysterious seeds in toilet brush holder. WTF? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommendations for a sprouter? Have tried the jar method which resulted in slimy sprouts, and would like to buy something purpose-made! [more inside]
What are these pods in my garden? [more inside]
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]
Couple nutrition-related questions concerning fruit smoothies. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Should I eat this? Pumpkin seeds were soaking in salt water for several days. Still okay to roast and eat? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me if chia seeds are unsuitable for breast feeding mothers
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]
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]
Seed-bombing filter: Are latex balloons OK to throw into vacant lots? [more inside]
Help me, GardeningMeFi - is something wrong with my newly-germinated baby vegetables
? Why are they so spindly
but still healthy? [more inside]
I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
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]
What do people do with seeds besides plant them? Examples: Watermelon seed necklaces, cherry pit spit distance contest...etc [more inside]
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]
"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?
Are culinary seeds and beans (whole spices, dried peas, etc.) treated to prevent germination? [more inside]
How long is a pack of flower seeds good for? [more inside]
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.
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?
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]
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]