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"Whether you tend a garden or not, you are the gardener of your own being, the seed of your destiny."
-  The Findhorn Community 


"The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies."
-  Gertrude Jekyll 


"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
-  Henry David Thoreau


Seeds and Cuttings
Hydrofarm Hot House Seed Starter 11-by-22-Inch   
Secrets of Plant Propagation: Starting Your Own Flowers, Vegetables, Fruits, Shrubs, and Trees 
Hydrofarm Jump Start Indoor Grow Light System 
Plant Propagation A to Z: Growing Plants for Free  
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners  
Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat Mat  
American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual    
Burpee Seed Starter: A Guide to Growing Flower, Vegetable, and Herb Seeds Indoors and Outdoors
Plant Propagator's Bible
The New Seed Starter's Handbook
RION MLT3 Mini Lean-To Greenhouse
Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing  
Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds
Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs




"Only God can make a tree, but I'm in charge of seeds and weeds!"
-  Author Unknown 


"Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower."
-  Shigenori Kameoka 


Happiness held is the seed;
Happiness shared is the flower. 


"O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth."
-  John Davies, 1570-1626,  Ode to the West Wind. 


"I don't believe the half I hear,
Nor the quarter of what I see!
But I have one faith, sublime and true,
That nothing can shake or slay;
Each spring I firmly believe anew
All the seed catalogues say!"
-   Carolyn Wells 



Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children

From Seed to Plant

Jack's Garden  

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds  




"One for the rock, one for the crow,
One to die, and one to grow."
-  English saying


"One for blackbird, one for the crow,
One for the cutworm, and one to grow."
-  American saying


"A good gardener always plants 3 seeds - one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself."
-  Leo Aikman 



        A Seed Is Sleepy                                           Planting a Rainbow


"The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things … have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower."
-  Edith Hamilton


"I can hear, underground, that sucking and sobbing,
In my veins, in my bones I feel it,--
The small water seeping upward,
The tight grains parting at last.
When sprouts break out,
Slippery as fish,
I quail, lean to beginnings, sheath-wet." 
- Theodore Roethke, Cuttings


"You're supposed to get tired planting bulbs.  But it's an agreeable tiredness."
-  Gail Goodwin


"The seed has no idea of being some particular plant, but it has its own form and is in perfect harmony with the ground, with its surroundings ... and there is no trouble.  This is what we
mean by naturalness."
-  Shrunyu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind


          Garden Seed Inventory                               Small-Scale Grain Raising   


"More grows in the garden than the gardener sows."
-  Spanish Proverb


"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."
-  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732


"Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom."
-  E. B. White 


"dry seeds scatter
from my hand into the wind
one clings
as if to say there is in me
something yet to be"
-  Jeanne Emrich, Haiga Online 



The New Seed Starter's Handbook                    Quick Sprouts All Blue Potato Plant


"The seed is hope; the flower is joy."
-  Author Unknown 


"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson 


"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
-  Author Unknown



The Gardener's A-Z Guide                                     Horticultural Society Plant Propagation              
"Two years ago, I was saying as I planted seeds in the garden, "I must believe in these seeds, that they fall into the earth and grow into flowers and radishes and beans."  It is a miracle to
me because I do not understand it.  The very fact that they use glib technical phrases does not make it any less a miracle, and a miracle we all accept.  Then why not accept God's miracles?"
-  Dorothy Day, From Union Square to Rome, 1938


"I once found a kernel of corn in the middle of a deep wood by Walden, tucked in behind a lichen on a pine, about as high as my head, either by a crow or a squirrel.  It was a mile at least from any corn-field.
-  Henry D. Thoreau, Journal, November 19, 1850"


"I ask not for a larger garden, but for finer seeds."
-  Russell H.Conwell 



  Plant Propagator's Bible                                  Secrets of Plant Propagation     


"There is a way to see inside
By looking directly through
to seed or marrow

Within the bone vessel
a world is made
Red and milkweed
it flows between us like

Within the seed's case
a secret is held
Its fertile whisper
shapes a song"
-   Joan Halifax, Marrow


"The seeds of the day are best planted in the first hour."
-   Dutch Proverb 


"Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay."
-   George Bernard Shaw


"Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store
And the dimes are the things that he needs,
And I've been to buy them in seasons before
But have thought of them merely as seeds;
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time,
"You purchased a miracle here for a dime."
-   Edgar A. Guest, A Package of Seeds



Plant Seed, Pull Weed:                                     The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds
Nurturing the Garden of Your Life


"In March and in April from morning till night
In sowing and seeding good housewives delight."
-  Thomas Tusser 


"First the farmer sows the seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease,
Stamps his foot and claps his hands
And turns him round to view the land."
-  15th Century Song


"Seedsmen reckon that their stock in trade is not seeds at all ... it's optimism." 
-  Geoff Hamilton


How to Sprout Seeds in Your Kitchen             The Sprouting Book and Vitality 


"The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground.

The seed includes all the possibilities of the tree. ...  The seed will develop these
possibilities, however, only if it receives corresponding energies from the sky.

Grain must return to the earth, die, and decompose for new growth to begin."
-  Ancient Egyptian Proverbs


"Flowers and fruit are only the beginning.
In the seed lies the life and the future."
-  Marion Zimmer Bradley

Sprouting Seed Super Sampler                                                Victorio VKP1013 Round Three
                                                                                                       -Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter


"He places a seed in the dust for the reason
That it may in the day of distress, give fruit."
-  Sadi


"Poetry is like a free bird that knows no boundary, like seeds that are carried along by the wind, that grow, bloom and bear fruit where they find good soil without asking anyone's permission."
-  Ion Codrescu


"So I sing to my seeds.  What about it?"
-   Leslie Gaydos



Sprouts The Miracle Food                              Sproutman's "Turn the Dial" Sprout Chart Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens


Think small.  Planting tiny seeds in the small space given you can change the whole world or, at the very least, your view of it.
-  Linus Mundy


"But the sower going forth to sow sets foot into time to come, the seeds falling on his own place.  He has prepared a way for his life to come to him, if it will.  Like a tree, he has given roots to the earth, and stands free."
-   Wendell Berry, The Seeds, 1970


"Ideas are like seeds, few ever grow up to be something.  Promises of fruit being "Sweet" and "Juicy" will sell seeds, and much much more."
-  Michael Garofalo,  Pulling Onions


                                                                                    Microgreens: How to Grow Nature's Own Superfood
A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens


"One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds."
-  Dan Bennett 


"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." 
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Oak trees come out of acorns, no matter how unlikely that seems.  An acorn is just a tree's
way back into the ground.  For another try.  Another trip through.  One life for another."
-   Shirley Ann Grau



 Micro Greens Mild Mix Seeds 8 Grams                                           Lettuce Baby Mesclun
                                                                                                                  Gourmet Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds 1200 Seeds


"new year pledges
in my hand
pumpkin seeds"
-  Elizabeth St. Jacques, Poetry in the Light  


"The mere fact that you get a lot of seeds in a packet doesn't mean you have to plant all of them."
-  Henry Mitchell



          Heirloom Seeds Pumpkin - Fairy Tale                                                             Jack-O-Lantern 4.7 Gram Packet

"Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book 
not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a 
season passes away unimproved."  
-  George Washington


"Sow the living part of yourselves in the furrow of life."
-  Miguel de Unamuno


"A person who sows seed of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest."
-  Anonymous


"The word "miracle" aptly describes a seed."
-  Jack Kramer



                          Back to Basics                                                                                                                   Homesteading


"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising that the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof.  Take that Poppy seed, for instance: it lies in your palm, the merest atom of matter, hardly visible, a speck, a pin's point in bulk, but within it is imprisoned a spirit of beauty ineffable, which will break its bonds and emerge from the dark ground and blossom in a splendor so dazzling as to baffle all powers of description."
-  Celia Thaxter


"When I see that first, minuscule, curled, pale green wisp of a sprout poking up between a couple of grains of vermiculite, I hear God speaking."
-  June Santon, "Miracle in a Dixie Cup," Greenprints


"A flower is the epitaph of a seedling, and vice versa."
Rein's Ruminations


            Seeds of Faith                                                  Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion Of Seeds  Writings


"Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth."
-  Susan L. Taylor


"In every failure lies the seeds of success."
-  Deepak Chopra


"Think small.
Planting tiny seeds in the small space given you
Can change the whole world or,
At the very least, your view of it."
-  Linus Mundy


Luster Leaf Planting Supplies;                                                               The Tiny Seed
Mini seedmaster; Small and tiny seeds

"Of all created things the source is one,
Simple, single as love; remember
The cell and seed of life, the sphere
That is, of child, white bird, and small blue dragon-fly
Green fern, and the gold four-petalled tormentilla
The ultimate memory.
Each latent cell puts out a future,
Unfolds its differing complexity
As a tree puts forth leaves, and spins a fate
Fern-traced, bird feathered, or fish-scaled."
-   Kathleen Raine, Message From Home


"Why does it take 1 million sperm to fertilize one egg? They won't stop to ask for directions."


"As with all new science, genetic manipulation of seed DNA has possibilities for good and for evil.  It depends on how it's used and who controls it.
-  Ruth S. Foster


 Geensprouting Seed Potatoes

The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season
Starting Seeds Indoors 


"But why should not the New Englander try new adventures - not lay so much stress on his grain,
his potato and grass crop, and his orchards - and raise other crops than these?   Why concern
ourselves so much about our beans for seed, and not be concerned at all about a new generation of men."
-  Henry David Thoreau


"If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?"
-  G.K. Chesterton


"He who plants a seed,
Beneath the sod;
And waits to see -
Believes in God."
-  Author Unknown


"All seed answer light, but the color is different. 
The plant reveals what is in the seed."
- Ancient Egyptian Proverbs


"Give men new seeds and they will eat now and plant for the future; give them a religion, and they will starve to death praying to Father Nature for seeds."
-  Michael P. Garofalo


The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less                                                                                Soil Mates
 Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden                                           


One for the mouse 
One for crow. 
One to rot, 
One to grow."


"This very act of planting a seed in the earth has in it to me something beautiful.  I always do it
with a joy that is largely mixed with awe."
-  Celia Thaxter


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