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How to Grow Watermelons

sliced watermelon on a cutting board

Watermelon is one of those crops that, once you grow it at home, the store-bought version forever pales in comparison. Some backyard gardeners shy away from growing watermelon because of how much space it takes up, but the benefits can be worth it - not to mention that the fun of a good seed spitting competition is a dying art form.

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Field Notes: The Utopian Seed Project

Field Notes: The Utopian Seed Project

The main focus of The Utopian Seed Project, the nonprofit that Chris founded and runs, is research on Southern heirloom crops and tropical perennials that could be adapted for Southern agriculture. Chris is not a production seed grower, but an explorer and experimenter, and most of the work he does for Sow True is trials and small seed increases. 

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How to Grow Leeks

How to Grow Leeks

Leeks can be purchased as started seeds, usually shipped to you as bare rooted bundles in early spring. They are quite easy to start from seeds too! Start seeds indoors in your favorite seed starting mix about 12 weeks before your last frost date. Plant three seeds per cell/pot and thin to the strongest seedling when 2” tall. About a month before your last spring frost date, work compost into your soil and dig a 4-6” trench. Plant seedlings in the bottom of the trench. Gradually fill in the trench as the seedlings grow by hoeing soil into it.

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