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How To Pickle & Preserve Your Harvest

How To Pickle & Preserve Your Harvest

7 min read 2 Comments

One of the problems you may run into with growing your own food is simply having too much of it! You can only eat and give away so much, so an alternative is canning or preserving it! By canning your own fruits and veggies, you can save money and learn how to be almost completely self-reliant concerning food. When you really break it down, canning is just food science. When you preserve food, you are basically freezing time.

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Perfecting Your Backyard Soil Before Planting Your Garden

Perfecting Your Backyard Soil Before Planting Your Garden

5 min read 7 Comments

Dig down in your backyard a few inches and take a good look at your garden soil. Is it dark brown and crumbly or heavy reddish clay? Rocky or slightly sandy? There are so many different types of soil across regions, climates, and even different parts of your property. And there are many more distinctions within soil we can’t see: PH levels, vitamins and nutrients, beneficial microbes, and possibly pests, blights, and even dangerous contaminants. Before you plant, start your soil preparation—and Pinetree Garden Seeds can show you how.
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Transplanting Seedlings - Gardening Knowledge for Backyard Gardeners

Transplanting Seedlings - Gardening Knowledge for Backyard Gardeners

3 min read 14 Comments

So, the hard part is over, right? Getting seeds to germinate and keeping them alive long enough to admire them is a rush… but now what to do? They’re going to keep getting bigger, and we know that the small peat pots they’re in aren’t going to do the trick forever. Well, this is where transplanting comes in.

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Growing Giant Pumpkins (that Win Big Blue Ribbons)

Growing Giant Pumpkins (that Win Big Blue Ribbons)

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If you have ever visited the agricultural exhibits at your county or state fair and wondered how to grow giant pumpkins, our guide below can take you from planting pumpkin seeds to a first-place finish this fall. The secret? Choosing the right variety of pumpkin seeds—and committing to hands-on gardening techniques to pile on the pounds.

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What’s Wrong with My Seedlings?

What’s Wrong with My Seedlings?

4 min read 15 Comments

When gardening, it’s a known fact that you will have successes as well as failures. The failures can be caused by some sort of outside force that you have no control over (cat digging up your seedlings, a tray of tiny green shoots getting knocked off the table by accident, etc.), but it can also be caused by the things you do have control over. Overwatering, under watering, not enough light, and more. These mistakes are very common, and not something to feel bad about!

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Uncommon Vegetable Seeds to Try in Your Backyard Garden

Uncommon Vegetable Seeds to Try in Your Backyard Garden

6 min read 2 Comments

Everyone has their favorite gardening seed go-to's. At Pinetree Garden Seeds, we always try to keep things fresh by planting new types of seeds each year alongside our more popular garden vegetable seeds. Try some of our more unique garden seeds, like organic and heirloom rutabaga seeds, parsnip seeds, gourd seeds, and see what happens in your garden!  

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French Onion Dip Recipe

French Onion Dip Recipe

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The Ultimate Companion Planting Guide Part 2: Pollinators

The Ultimate Companion Planting Guide Part 2: Pollinators

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As a home gardener, you already know that gardening positively promotes what you eat, how you spend your time and the way you interact with the landscape. But do you also know how the seeds you select can help increase pollinator populations?
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The Ultimate Companion Planting Guide Part 1: Pest Prevention

The Ultimate Companion Planting Guide Part 1: Pest Prevention

4 min read 10 Comments

It happens to the best of us. Hours spent planning, planting, and protecting your home garden and then ... a plethora of unwanted pests arrive. Aphids attack absolutely everything in sight. Cucumber beetles conquer your squash. Beetles bomb your brassicas and slugs slime your seedlings. Seemingly overnight, prized plants become sad sights with sticky residue, curling leaves, and stunted growth. 
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The Ultimate Garden Party: How to Share Your Season’s Bounty with Your Friends and Family

The Ultimate Garden Party: How to Share Your Season’s Bounty with Your Friends and Family

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Dinner parties don’t have to be complicated! Sharing food with people we love is so simple and so powerful. In fact, a casual dinner party can be one of the most wonderful ways to connect with friends and family. If you are one of our many home gardening customers, you already know that cooking with home-grown ingredients makes every dish feel special and taste more flavorful. So why not make the entire dining experience just as distinctive?
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How to Order Pinetree Garden Seeds Online (Tutorial)

How to Order Pinetree Garden Seeds Online (Tutorial)

3 min read 8 Comments

Haven’t purchased from Pinetree Garden Seeds online store before? Don’t worry, we’ve created a quick tutorial that will guide you through the process and help you buy the products quicker!

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Four Fun, Guilt-Free Strategies to Get Through Harvest Season

Too Much of a Good Thing? Four Fun, Guilt-Free Strategies to Get Through Harvest Season

6 min read 10 Comments

As one of the few seed suppliers selling non-GMO, heirloom seeds in people-sized packets, we hear a lot about the seasonal struggles of home gardeners, and we sympathize. And over the years, we have developed some sound strategies that help us keep up (and stay sane) during the height of harvest season.
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