Stratification of Seeds…Tricking Seeds

Stratification is simply tricking seeds into growing/germinating, in simple terms. It is creating an artificial winter and than creating an artificial spring. Some seeds need to be cold for a few weeks to months before they will germinate. A way to mimic winter is to put seeds into the fridge and than growing them under…

Start Indoors or Direct Seed

Some seeds need to be started indoors and some can be direct seeded in the garden. If you don’t have an indoor plant room or don’t care to start seeds indoors Penner Pumpkins Farm Store sells a wide range of plants online. Lorissa plans to have the website up and running by the end of…

Storing and Organizing Seeds

Seeds can be stored so that they are viable for a few years. The key is to make sure they stay dry, are kept in a cool and dark location. I store my seeds in zip lock bags, medicine and vitamin bottles, and plastic containers(my local thrift store sells yogurt, margarine, sour cream etc containers)….

Reading Seed Packets

Some seed packets have a wealth of information on them and some seed packets are bare bones. What does all the wording and numbers on the seed package mean? The year is when the seeds were packaged. 2020 means it was packaged last year. The yellow box contains information on planting. A tip for planting…

Seed Companies, Ordering Seeds

There are tons of seed companies out there. I have found my favorites and continue to order from those year after year. Occasionally I will try a new seed company if I need a certain seed and my major seed companies don’t carry it. What companies do I use? Stokes Seeds and Siegers (which is…

Ordering Seeds Online

Having a 3.5 acre garden I order a lot of seeds. I also use a lot of different companies so I can get the varieties I want and because of price. So how do you know which seed company to order from? Check out what kind of seeds the company sells. Heirlooms, hybrids, open pollinated,…

Taco Salad 3 Ways

Taco salad is my favorite type of salad and is so versatile. With these salads I kind of eyeball the amount of ingredients and the directions are very basic. I have tried to provide a baseline on how much you need, but some experimentation will be needed to get the perfect salad. Penner Holiday Taco…

Garlic Scape Pesto

Ingredients: 1/3 cup nuts (cashews, pine nuts, almonds….. Traditionally pine nuts are used) 1 cup finely diced garlic scapes 1/2 cup basil leaves 1/2 cup cheese. Traditionally Parmesan cheese is uses. 2 tsp lemon juice 1/2 cup Olive oil Directions: Blend all the ingredients, except the olive oil. Once everything is well blended add/drizzle in…

The 3 Markets

The two markets I attend are very different from each other and selling from my garden is different from markets. On my website I have maps and descriptions of where my various markets are and where you can find my garden. I’m open at my garden Tuesday and Friday 1-8 pm, and Sunday 1-6 pm….

Baby Greens Salad

Ingredients: 3 cups greens (baby kale, baby Swiss chard, baby beet leaves, lettuce, and/or spinach) 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/3 cup slivered or whole almonds 1/3 cup fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries Optional ingredient: 2 chicken breasts sliced Dressing: 1/4 cup vinegar. Rice, wine, or cider vinegar works well when making dressings. 2…