Sunflower Seeds?

I have grown a large number of giant Russian sunflowers. How do I crack the seeds to release the kernels?

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Triple & double purple Moonflower seeds?

I am looking for triple and double purple Moonflower seeds. I have the white ones but would like to have seeds from the double and triple Moonflower.

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how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants?

how can i obtain seed of roses and other plants and even indoor bamboo plants, easily at home.

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Free vegetable seeds (UK)

Just an FYI for Brits who fancy stuff for free; you can get a pack of free seeds by signing up at http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin/ They're not super-exciting, but they're free, and there are some interesting recipes that use the vegetables. (You have to give your postal address to get the seeds, but not your email address.)

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Growing roses from seeds

I have a pair of nice, perfumed roses that are getting quite old now. This season one of them produced a nice fruit containing 8 seeds. It is a light pink variety and I also obtained some seeds from a white perfumed rose. Last time I did this was with my grandfather and I was still a little kid LOL The common way of multiplying your roses is by grafting them onto a fresh stem of some wild or low quality roses. The reason for this is quite simple: A "manufacturered rose" is usually designed to look pretty and show certain other features, but not be a strong plant. When using seeds it all comes down to how strong the original mother rose was, not the stock it was crafted on. In some cases you end up with a little bush rose in other cases with something that grows so high that the stem will break in strong winds. But for the lucky few cases that do work good you are paid off with a beautiful new rose. For next couple of weeks the seeds will stay in the fridge to aid germination but if it works out I will take pics of the progress and document it all in an Instructable - but it will be about a year to finnish as roses grow slow from seeds. If I don't forget it again I will also show how to graft one rose onto another to get a bush with different varieties in one.

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Seed Bomb Vending Machine

Seed bombs are little balls of clay, compost, and seeds that you can toss into a vacant lot to try and get some new plants to grow. It's a guerrilla gardening technique and you can see how to make one here. If you just want to pick one up and live in San Francisco you can now buy them from a vending machine. These were designed by Common Studio from LA and repurpose old gumball machines with the benefits going to Project H Design. First Seedbomb Vending Machine Lands in San Francisco!

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Growing Tomatoes from Seed ?

I am looking for an article on How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed written by a user name (???)cat(?????).  I am able to find this article on Google , however, I am unable to get a downloaded PDF file as a Pro Membership to your site says I can do.  How do I find this article ???

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Where to buy tobacco seeds

Hi everyone hates the rising prices of our luxurys so i have done some research and found out that growing your own tobacco IS NOT ILEGAL my question is can you buy tobacco seeds over the counter anywhere in the south west ??? someone please help me lol Cheers Darren

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Project for Children

I am looking to do a fairly simple children's gardening project at a Green Fair that is being held in March.  In the past, the group has had the kids transplant seedlings.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I think that there must be much better "quick" projects.

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Growing pumpkins primarily FOR THE SEED. What variety do you recommend? Answered

Is there a particular variety of Pumpkin that produces large, plump seeds for roasting?  

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learning to create pictures with seed beads

I want to learn to create art using seed beads and I don't know where to begin.  By art, I mean actual pictures that you would hang on your walls like you may have seen done with m&ms or jelly beans lol.  I hope someone can lead me in the right direction.  I don't know if you use fabric or tear away paper or what, I just know I want to learn to do it.  Thank you, Alison

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Does anyone know of a hand held seed planter?

We'd like a seed planter which spaces different sizes of seeds for easier and more consistent planting.

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How do I make a clasp for a seed bead bracelet?

I mean the type that is a round ball of seed beads one end and loops at the other?

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Seedbank = Arctic Bunker

Norway has built a pretty awesome1 seed storage facility over 400 feet under a frozen arctic mountain. Further chilled by air conditioners to reach -0.4F, the seeds should be safe for up to 1000 years. Hooray for biodiversity!From an AP article:The vault will serve as a backup for hundreds of other seed banks worldwide. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the world and shield them from man-made and natural disasters.Dug into the permafrost of the mountain, it has been built to withstand an earthquake or a nuclear strike.The seeds are packed in silvery foil containers -- as many as 500 in each sample -- and placed on blue and orange metal shelves inside three 32-foot-by-88-foot storage chambers. Each vault can hold 1.5 million sample packages of all types of crop seeds, from carrots to wheat.1Did you see Alien vs. Predator? Remember the big Antarctic bunker/pyramid? The Norwegians clearly did too.

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GMO sun flower seeds, how can I tell? Answered

Hi fellow instrucablers, I planted some sunflowers a while ago and recently I collected the seeds from the flowers and replanted them.  The original seeds were from a packet which I threw away.  I've planted the new seeds and it's been a week and the haven't sprouted, I'm not sure if I was really unlucky or if the seeds have been genetically modified in order for them not to grow new plants.   I still have some seeds left over so I was wondering if there was anyway to tell if they have been modified somehow. Thanks a ton Sirnoodlehe

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can you help me start a hanging basket from seeds?

I have some seeds and want to start a hanging tomato basket and don't know how to sart it with the seeds.   PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Energy Seed Desk Lamp pdf files

Hi a few weeks ago there was a desk lamp that used old batteries AA and i D/L the instructions and then deleted the file from my machine. I later discovered there are a couple of templates i need to build it and have looked every where i know to and can not find them. Anyone have any suggestions on how i can get these THANKS

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Need some answers on oranges... Answered

This summer (I think, I really cannot remember) I set up a propagator to grow some bamboo seeds I bought off eBay- Instructable coming soon on this topic- and then off the success of my bamboo seeds, I stuck a few orange seeds in as well. They grew alright, they're pretty huge now and I just re-potted them today into new, higher quality soil etc. Whilst doing this I discovered that each seed (I only had to successfully grown seeds) had spouted two saplings. So when re-potting I found out I didn't actual have 2 strange orange saplings but 4 of them with totally independent root systems. Albeit Two out of the four had not been receiving as much light as the others so there are two huge dominant saplings and the two smaller ones that grew in their shadow.  Is it normal for orange trees to grow two sprouts from one seed? I haven't tried growing them before so I don't know. Or have I got magical seeds, or a divine calling to grow plants? ;) Any help would be great,   Tom

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I WANT TO SEE/KNOW THE MACHINE/PROCESS OF HOW SUNFLOWER SEEDS ARE MANUFACTURED FOR RETAIL.?

How do you de-shell sunflower seeds for mass quanities?

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Using both carrot oil and carrot seed oil in a homemade sunscreen

I've been researching making my own natural sunscreen using coconut oil and shea butter as a carrier for a few base oils (like avocado oil and red raspberry seed oil) as well as aloe and beeswax. All of the recipes I've found online say to use carrot seed oil, which is an essential oil, although they don't specify this and a lot have pictures of what looks like base carrot oil. (carrot seed essential oil being more light yellow in color and carrot oil being more golden) http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotoil.html That's a link to one of many articles that talk about the difference between the carrot seed essential oil and base carrot oil. There are others you can find on the first page of google that go into a little bit more depth about the differences. From what I gather, the carrot seed oil is supposed to have a really high SPF, while the carrot oil is supposed to be great for sun tanning and evening out skin tone, etc. What I can't find is any documentation on whether both can or should be used in making your own natural sunscreen. I am hoping to use both and just wanted to know if it would be a good idea. Thanks.

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I'm trying to make seeded paper and it is VERY thick, even after it dries. Any suggestions?

I am making sheets of seeded paper to then cut apart into cards or background for cards. My current creations are almost 2-mm thick and aren't exactly what I would say is plyable. I have tried cardboard pulp. I have tried card stock pulp (b/c that is what I have extra waste from). If I used normal paper would it work better? Would adding bleach tot he pulp kill the flowers? Obviously, I could test, but I'm trying not to reinvent a perverbial recycled wheel

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How can I tell an okra flower bud from an okra seed pod? Answered

I want to pick the seed pods while they are small and tender, but it isn't obvious to me which are pods and which are buds.  What distinguishing characteristic should I be looking for?

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How do you chew parsley and which type should I get? Answered

I'm thinking of buying a small parsley plant for my room to add some oxygen and scent to my room. I've heard you could also chew on Parsley leaves as they freshen your breath, is this true? If so how do you go about doing this? Do you just rip a leaf off wash it off and then start chewing it? Also which type of seed should I buy? -Burpee Parsley Extra Curled Dwarf Seed -Burpee Parsley Single Italian Plain-Leafed Seed -Start Smart 1-Gram Parsley Italian Seed Also Can you write how to take care of Parsley? Thanks

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How can I press oil?

Oils like almond, pumpkin seed

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What kind of light is the best for indoor gardening and what are the cheapest options? Answered

I have a small indoor seed starter/green house and it is standing in the warm part of the house (65-70 degrees). I would like to grow some herbs (rosemary, basil, majoram, thyme, oregano and start some lavenders for planting out later). I know it is difficult to start rosemary from seeds but the others should be fine. Which lights are the best ? Can I use an old Christmas light (white light not the one with many colors) How many hours of light is sufficient? Thank you

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Will it work?

I have seen advert for hanging  containers for tomatoes, but the friut  hangs from the bottom, can seeds be "persuaded" to grow downward?

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Is it possible to grow a plant in a bottle? Answered

I just got a great idea that I would like to try. I tried searching the web for similar ideas, but found nothing. So, I have decided to try it and post an instructable. My idea is to insert some garden soil into a 1.5 liter plastic bottle then drop in a seed and cover it lightly with some more soil. Then, I will punch a few holes in the bottle cap and screw it on. Will the seed germinate and grow? Thanks.

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Why did my avocado split?

I did something totally different. I tried the toothpicks insert in the avocado...waited forever. Nothing. Then I just stuck it in a potted soil container (say about 3 weeks) and I water it mostly everyday...(moist). Then I noticed that my seed (pointed side up) cracked all the way down and it looks kinda brown, like mush. I do notice that a small "root" is sneaking out...Is this the process? What do I do now?  This is my first time ever growing an avocado. Thanks so much.

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beet woes :(

 it is my second time in a month seeding beets and having them dwindle on me....i am in zone 8; planted radishes and cauliflower and they are doing well but the beets are not making it... Any suggestions?Thank you!

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When life gives you lemon pips...

A friend just brought us back a lemon she picked (with permission) from a grove in a convent garden in Rome. It was very tasty, and had five pips in it.What is the best way to grow these pips on into a new bush or tree?I don't have a greenhouse, but I do have windowsills. I eventually plan for the bush / tree to end up in a large pot.(I know I could google it, but do you happen to know whether lemon trees have gender? In other words, would I need two trees to get fruit?)

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How do you teach your bird too eat more variety of fruits and seeds?

I already tried a few methods already such as mixing it with his normal food and using it on it's own but they just don't eat it so has anyone got a solution?

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What is this plant?

My mum asked me to find out for her what this plant is. Any ideas anyone? We presume it's from one of the seeds that's fallen out of the bird feeder. She let it grow so she could find out what it is. If it helps, she lives in the SE of England. Thanks.

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is there anything wrong with using rapeseed oil as a lube in a vagina? like in terms of infection and stuff....? Answered

Wondering if there are any negative effects..... EDIT water based lubricants would dry up though, and its not for intercourse, just wondering because some guy said use it for making a girl squirt....

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Clock based dripper tracker for solar applications (panels solar cookers, etc)

I just made an instructable and entered it in the green competition. Way too late of course. the picture shows the generic driver of a battery wall clock. I have adapted one by removing the 2 concentric pipes in the middle that run the minute and second hand to just leave the hour hand driver that i use to drive a "gear" wheel. Anyway, the idea is to do a little dismemberment of clocks, and use the little drive mechanism to control the turning of a solar reflector to continually have the sun focused on what you cook. My current edition of it seems to be working. I believe a simple tracker is sorely needed for solar applications. Once a reliable one comes on the market, you may see new backyard applications popping up. For instance, I cook soil! I stick it in a big black pot, and steam it in my tracking solar cooker for a day. This generally reaches 60 or 70 C (It is a big pot and soil has a low thermal conductivity) which is enough to kill seed eating bugs and weed seeds. I end up with excellent home made seeding soil. Solarization is also possible. Again, a big pot or can, put in all your rotten insect infested fruit, cook for a day, and next year, less bugs on your trees and less sourse of fungal infection. It might even end up as a stage in the processing of compost. Lots of weed roots and seeds survive the compost heat. But they might not do so good after a day at 70 C! Tracking might even be accurate enough to make quicklime! Quicklime is made from limestone CaCO3 that is heated enough to drive off the CO2. You then slake the lime (add water) and it gives off a lot of heat. Heat storage potential? and you have Ca(OH)2 which is the basis for lime plaster. Parabolic dish concentrators can get hot enough to cook limestone. but I do not know the details. There is more of but that will do for now. I hope people try this and prove to the holy free market that simple trackers are needed! Brian White

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How can I hybridize tomatoes? Answered

I am trying to make a "super tomato" that grows fast with large sweet juicy fruit, and is a hybrid of a roma, big boy, and early girl (Also possibly a siberian tomato) I think I should cross pollinate the roma and big boy and then hybridize the seed from the hybridization with the early girl but I'm not positive someone please tell me how to do this.

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Sour dough starter for all bread types?

I am wanting to make bread with captured yeasts and have read the article from My Sister's Kitchen on making sourdough starter. Does this mean any bread I make using the starter will be of sourdough taste?? I like that but what if I am wanting to make just whole wheat or flax seed bread without the sour taste?? Do I need a different type of starter? Can someone clarify this for me. Thanks.

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How do I replant tomatoes without killing them? Answered

The instructions that came with the tomato kit said to plant *all* of the seeds, so I did.  I didn't expect all of them to grow.  So now I have a basket that's now overflowing with cherry tomato sprouts, and I'm worried they're too crammed in there. I'm also worried that if I try to transplant them to another container, they'll die! What do I do?

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Can someone identify this mystery seedling? Answered

I purchased a couple of rose bushes from a mobile vendor and this small seedling was growing alongside one of the bushes.   At first, I assumed it was a weed, but now I don't think so. The seed it sprouted from is fairly large. Can anyone tell me what the name of this plant/flower is? The leave are just a couple of inches long now, but I imagine they will increase in size as the plant matures. I'll let pictures can do the rest of the talking. ;-) btw... I am in zone 9.

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Will grass change color like most flowers do if it grows in dyed water?

I am trying to create an eco-column for science class. My idea must be unique and I was thinking about dyeing the water and hoping that a fast-growing plant, my only idea is grass, would change colors like some flowers do. At first, I was researching white carnations because they definitely change color but realized that it would take too long to grow from a seed. If grass won't change color, are there any other fast-growing plants that will? 

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how much potassium nitrate should i use to speed growth of watermelon seedlings?

Hi, I have several KG's of potassium nitrate, and am currectly growing watermelons, among other plants, however my concern is mostly with the watermelons. I live in mackay, tropical queensland, the sun here is very harsh, and when the wind blows, well, its pretty hard. i have only a limited amount of time before these seedlings use up all the nutrients in their dirt, (they are currently in an egg carton filled with dirt), and each their maximum size before they start to starve. I want to know, how much potassium nitrate i can use to boost their growth to get them as big as possible for when they go outside. Where i live, the house is pretty aerodynamic, you exprenice windyness from all four sides, so i need them as strong as possible for that time that i plant them outside, in large individual pots, until theyve grown enough to be planted around my spoon drain. Anyway, i need to get them to grow ALLOT, and i have the potassium nitrate, however, nitrate is toxic to plants, so i need to know what a safe quantity might be. im not asking for the exact best value, but just anything that will aid in boosting growth before they get repotted would be great. thanks. also, my tomatos, black russian and some random huge tomato, is growing very slowly, would nitrate help them also? and pumpkin, when the seed sprouted, part of the seed was dead, and so two starter leaves were bound together, and died, leaving it leafless. new leaves are starting to appear, but not fast enough as its turning yellow, again, would nitrate help?

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What are some good pumpkin recipes?

This is sort of an interesting story. The Halloween of last year, our family went out and bought several pumpkins for the typical Jack-o-lanterns. We carved them on top of our backyard picnic table. When we where done, we pushed off all the seeds and insides off the table (Just like any one else would). But now, almost 6 months later, a whole new pumpkin patch grew giving us so many pumpkins! (both regular and miniature). It took up about 1/4 of our primary backyard. I need some good recipes /ideas to do with all these pumpkins. I would hate to see them going to waste. -Allen

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How do I keep my cats out of my flower garden? They're using it as a litter box! Answered

I have just planted my flower garden with all sorts of seeds and bulbs. Unfortunately, my cats seem to think that I've dug up all of this nice dirt for them to use as a litter box. I've tried coffee grounds sprinkled on the area which I've heard are repulsive to cats and also fertilize the flowers, but my cats evidently were born at a Starbuck's. I now have sprinkled mothballs all over the flower bed but I'm afraid that they are going to burn my plants that are now coming up although they are keeping the cats out. Can anyone help me?

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Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions

CNN discovers the growing Guerrilla Gardening movement, in a nice article by Lara Farrar:Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missionsStory Highlights# Guerrilla gardeners cultivate neglected land without asking for permission# Guerrillas meet for digs in night to make over derelict patches of dirt# Richard Reynolds says he has helped create 28 guerrilla gardens in London# Artist Liz Christy founded first guerrilla group in 1973 in New York CityOf course, here on Instructables, we've known about Guerrilla Gardening for quite a while. Check out the following cool projects:Moss bombsWater bottle sprinkler capHow to plant flowers on your sidewalkMoss GraffitiElectric seed hopper for remote gardeningThere's also the Reap what you Sow & Guerilla Gardening group...

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How could you build a snoasis?

Everybody's probably seen the groasis which will let you grow trees in the desert.  But I wonder if there's a way to make a version that will help a plant survive winters where it snows. backstory: I want to grow a tree that isn't suitable for the winters here. I had a nice tropical tree which I grew from seed in a pot, but it got so big indoors and clearly wanted to go outside that I planted it outside as a reward for being awesome. However, when winter came, I decided to protect it by giving it a blanket and some insulation around its core at the bottom of the trunk. Unfortunately this only caused mold to collect around the base and killed the tree. So... ever since I have idly wondered if there's a way to fashion some sort of insulating box at the ground level, kind of like the groasis that would let it survive a freeze in the winter.

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