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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 Watermelons

How to Grow Watermelons

Prep your soil by mixing in an abundance of compost with a shovel to a depth of at least 12” in a row about 8-12” wide. Melons of all kinds are commonly planted on the top of soil mounds made up of your existing garden soil or with a couple shovels of compost on top of your prepared garden space. Form your mounds about 6 feet apart. Cooler growing zones may find it helpful to pre-warm the soil with black plastic or dark mulch.

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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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How to Grow Carrots

How to Grow Carrots

Begin sowing carrots as soon as the soil can be worked in late winter/early spring. Continue to sow every 7-10 days until late spring to ensure a continuous harvest. In some areas of the country, fall sowings can be possible, but keep in mind that they may not have enough sunlight to mature before winter sets in. No harm though! With patience, they should finish growing as the days start to lengthen in spring.

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5 Things You Should do to Increase Veggie Yields

5 Things You Should do to Increase Veggie Yields

Planting a vegetable garden is something all of us can be doing to help boost our health, and help lower our collective carbon footprint. Even if all you have time and space for is one tomato plant in a 5 gallon bucket, get started! It’s so rewarding, and with a few tricks and a little bit of effort, you can grow your garden with minimal stress and maximum satisfaction.

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Attract Frogs & Toads to Your Garden for Natural Pest Control

Attract Frogs & Toads to Your Garden for Natural Pest Control

Just like us, all animals and insects need food, shelter, and water. You get bonus points if you also put some thought into how and where your little friends will raise their young. In most cases, your gardens will provide the food in the form of bugs and possibly some vegetation that you might plant for say, butterfly caterpillars. So, let’s focus on shelter and water. Here are a few tips and tricks to some of these hopping buddies into your gardens.

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How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts can be grown in all areas of the United States. Their long time to maturity and sensitivity to nutrient imbalances have given them a reputation for being difficult. With well worked, fertile soil, regular feedings and well-timed plantings, you can grow the most delicious Sprouts you’ve ever had! Brussels Sprouts are biennial, meaning they won’t send out a flower until second year of growth, often triggered into flowering by the end of a winter season.

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