Sealing cedar for raised beds
We just got some cedar raised garden boxes. Do we need to seal them from moisture? We would like to seal them and also give them a little color with wood stain but fear that we will be putting harmful chemicals right where we are growing our food. Do you have any definitive information about this situation?
Priest River, Idaho
It is recommended that we do not seal our cedar raised beds for the best quality garden soil. Untreated, cedar boards should last for decades, leaving the soil pure. — Jackie
Squash not germinating
I bought some of your Hopi Pale Grey Squash seeds and planted them about a month ago (approx. early May). So far nothing shows. All the other seeds like Provider Beans and Pumpkin seeds have germinated and are about 2-3 inches tall. Is Hopi a slow germinator or did I put the seeds in too early? Will they still sprout after a month of watering? Your insights are much appreciated. Thanks for all the great articles and blog!
No, Hopi Pale Greys are very fast germinators. They should certainly be up by now. I’d dig in a hill you planted and see if the seeds are still there. If they are and look rotted they may gotten dry while trying to germinate. If they are gone, a squirrel, chipmunk, or bird may have made off with them. If you have more seeds, go ahead and replant. I sure hope you have better luck. As you know, Hopi Pale Greys are one of our favorites! — Jackie