Spring Planting: Get Those Spring Plants in the Ground! – Pinetree Garden Seeds

It’s been snowing here in Maine since November, so we’re immersing ourselves in seed ordering and seed starting just to see a glimmer of warmth on the horizon. Something else we’re looking forward to is spring planting (You can read all about how to handle spring plants by following this link)! We’ve picked up several new varieties of spring plants this year, so we put together this blog post to talk about them a little bit.

Our asparagus, fig, garlic, horseradish, ramps, and hops varieties remain the same as last year.

To ensure that you get the varieties you want, place your orders for spring plants by the first week of May! Our spring plants sell out fairly quickly, so it’s best to order as soon as possible.

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For the rest of our sweet potato varieties, follow this link.

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For the rest of our onion varieties, follow this link.

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For the rest of our potato varieties, follow this link.

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Basic Jam Recipe (adapted from http://www.freshpreserving.com)

About 4 cups crushed berries
4 1/2 TBSP pectin
1/2 TSP butter (to cut down on or even eliminate foam)
3 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Canning funnel

  1. PREPARE boiling water in a large pot that can hold at least 6 8 oz. canning jars. Fill pot with enough water to fully cover jars. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.
  2. BOIL your lids and rings in a separate pot for five minutes. Use your lid lifter to remove them from the water when they are ready to be used.
  3. COMBINE berries, butter and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. ADD sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.
  5. REMOVE jars from simmering water with your jar lifter.
  6. LADLE hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims with a damp cloth. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.
  7. PLACE filled jars in canning pot ensuring jars are covered by 1 to 2 inches of water. Bring water to gentle, steady boil.
  8. PROCESS jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. If the water level at any point drops below the lids, the pot must be refilled, brought back to a boil, and the timer restarted. Turn off heat and let jars stand for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

Trial by Seed: Kicking off our 2015 seed trials with Pansies & Tomatoes! – Pinetree Garden Seeds

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It’s that time of year again! We’ve started our 2015 seed trials with pansies and tomatoes this year, with many more new and exciting seeds to come!

Get our tried and true seed starting mediums and pots here; get our seed starting tools here!
20 Row Seedling Flat
Seed Starting Tray
Black Gold Seedling Mix
Propagation Dome
Fiber Peat Flats
Jump Start Grow Light (4′)
Jump Start Grow Light (2′)
Seedling Heat Mat (Large)
Seedling Heat Mat (Small)

Click here to check out our blog post from last year about seed starting for a refresher!

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Pinetree Recipes: Homemade Applesauce & Ground Cherry Jam + Chutney – Pinetree Garden Seeds

Autumn here in the Northern states is kind of a big deal. Not only do we enjoy the foliage turning a menagerie of flaming colors, we are also blessed with an abundance of one of America’s favorite fruits… apples! Homemade applesauce is a no-brainer around here.

This simple recipe, provided by our employee Lorrie, is easy enough to make with your children as a great weekend activity, or just to do for yourself as a quick preserving method!

Select a good mixture of apples with different textures and flavor ranges. This recipe does not call for a certain amount of apples, so only pick as many as you’d like to cook!

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How to: Planting Your Hard Neck Garlic Bulbs in the Fall – Pinetree Garden Seeds

By the time November rolls around here in the North, our gardens have been cleared out, neatened up and prepped for a long winter rest. Something else you can do in preparation (or longing) for spring is to plant hard neck garlic bulbs before the ground freezes over. Hard neck garlic requires a “sleep” period of sorts after setting it’s roots in order to be able to produce in the spring.EEC_1118 - low

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