How To’s

Seed Starting Charts

Click on the below links for germination charts on starting seeds – what temperatures different herbs and vegetables prefer, and how long it should take them to germinate at those temperatures.
Germination for Common Herbs
Germination for Common Vegetables

How to Save Seed

Saving seed from your plants each year is easy. There’s a learning curve, but once you start doing it you will kick yourself for all the seed you bought in the past. One plant yields 100x the amount of seed that comes in a purchased packet.  Some plants are easier than others.  There are already many great publications about how to save seed. Click on these pdfs to read.  Our favorite book on this topic is, Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, by Suzanne Ashworth. 2002. Seed Savers Exchange.

our Red Beet Row powerpoint on saving seeds…coming soon…

Books!!
Seed to Seed, by Suzanne Ashworth, Seed Savers Exchange, 2002.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, by Carol Deppe, Chelsea Green, 2000.
The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, by John Navazio, Chelsea Green, 2012.
Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage, by Brian Connolly, Chelsea Green, 2011.
Garden Seed Inventory, Seed Savers Exchange, 2005.
The New Seed Starters’ Handbook, by Nancy Bubel, Rodale Books, 1988.

Bill Mollison Tribute

The co-founder of “Permaculture,” Bill Mollison, passed away in 2016.  Red Beet Row was inspired by this man’s words and life’s work.

Here is a link to a speech Mollison gave in 1981 that is still chillingly relevant.

Here is a link to a video of both founders of “Permaculture,” explaining what it is.

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”
-Bill Mollison