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Seed starting time - Who owns your seed?
January 10, 2011
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This is just my opinion after educating myself a little on the subject, but I don't want anything to do with supporting Monsanto. Since I'm starting seeds again for the first time in a while, I was looking for companies that offer heirloom, organic seeds, and none that are owned by Monsanto. I'm not talking about hybridizing, I'm talking about GMO's, and hybridized seeds that they specifically own. Anyway, if anyone else happens to feel that way, I found a site that has a list of seed companies that Monsanto owns.

Non-GMO shopping guide : http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/

A good article:  http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/90/90-2/Jerri_Cook.html

Comprehensive site:  http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Also some good movies, FOOD, INC., and The Future of Food (part of it explains the genetic modification).

Again, this is just my opinion and I was sharing for others who might share that opinion.

Heather B.

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January 10, 2011
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Last fall I was buying locally grown heirloom pumpkins and got interested in the whole concept.

I found this group among others. 

http://www.heirloomseeds.com/

January 10, 2011
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I agree with you, IWannaFarm…thanks for the link happy-flower

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January 10, 2011
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This was on my list of things to do before spring!  Now I will have a head start thanks to you I Wanna Farm. 

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January 11, 2011
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Happy to share! Thanks for the link Ross. :)

Heather B.

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January 11, 2011
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Thanks for the links!  I'm of the same opinion.yes

I hope I save the links in an easy place to find.  We're not planting this year, but I know I'll be looking for them next year.

January 11, 2011
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That was an eyeopener!!  I went on the site and downloaded the information on non-GMO users. I saw only one or two brands that I even recognized.  The use of genetically-modified products is included in practically everything.  That's scary!  Thanks of the links, I Wanna Farm.  I agree with you whole-heartedly! yes

January 11, 2011
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A link to a list of non-Monsanto seed companies.

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/wiki/non-monsanto-seed-companies

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January 12, 2011
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Thanks! this is one of the real advantages of CITR. Saved me from poking around looking for non-GMOs. Just don't want antifreeze from fish in my tomato!

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January 13, 2011
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Do any of you use a cold frame to start your plants before setting them out in the garden? I had one years ago but I think I will make a new one. I have a tempered glass shower door that i can use for the cover.

January 13, 2011
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Thank you for the links. I too, am trying to make my garden the healthiest it can be.

January 14, 2011
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You're welcome, aprilejoi.

Ross; I've never used a coldframe, but only because I never had a place to put one. Now that we're moving I'm hoping to be able to use one this year or next. I just gave away two shower doors, I never thought to use them for that. Doh!

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February 13, 2011
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I don't sell GM seed. I don't have a large variety of veggie seed for sale this year but hope to next year  :-) (squash and tomato, anyway)

 

I LOVE my cold frame and I am thinking about adding one or two more this spring! I have the doors already ;-)

You can see mine here “Building a cold Frame”

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February 13, 2011
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Sheryl, that is absolutely fantastic!  I want one!  I put that in my favorites to show my hub, and maybe I can talk him into making me one, although this dirt is so hard it almost needs a jack hammer to break up!  0_o

Thank you!  :)

February 13, 2011
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I consult “the lists” regularly…there are a lot of seed  companies that are not owned by Monsanto that still buy bulk seed from Monsanto. I too do all I can to keep my dollars away from that whole entity. Personally, I think their quest to rule the seed and crop world is pure evil. :)

February 13, 2011
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Bath tub shower doors are a little smaller and quite a bit lighter than patio doors.

February 26, 2011
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Glad to be of help, MaryB!

I will keep that in mind, Ross. The older, double paned patio doors are espiecially heavy but the single paned modern aluminum framed ones are light enough. You can also add a few counter weights to the back on the hinged side to help lift the weight. Something I considered doing two years ago when I had a wood framed double paned door lid but I switched to a single paned aluminum lighter door lid last year and may not need them now. I'll see how it goes this spring. I don't even have the hinges on the new door yet.

 

I have some old windows that I might use to make a new cold frame too. They are even lighter.

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February 26, 2011
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I agree with using only non GM seed!  It really is rewarding to save your own seed from year to year, keeping it pure and organic, knowing that you are thwarting Monsanto's efforts to control the world's food supply.

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February 26, 2011
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When trap doors were the common access to basements they were often equiped with ropes, pulleys and counter weights. Installing a tall post at the back of the cold frame would make counter weighing easy and make a heavy door safer.

February 26, 2011
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I have been talking to someone who has two short posts at the back, sticking out from the hinges. These little posts have heavy weight on them, making the door open easier. It's so simple and works very well. I want to do this after I attach the door in the spring. I was just far too busy last summer/fall to get it done.

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