How to Preserve and Rejuvenate Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Some believe heirloom vegetables and fruits are plants with traits frozen in time, so that what’s grown from seed is the same as what was grown in your grandmother’s garden. Impossible, says Frank Morton, co-founder of Wild Garden Seed at Gathering Together Farm in Philomath, Oregon. Morton works to maintain and strengthen the genetic stock of heirloom varieties. To him, the idea of the frozen-in-time heirloom is a myth, unless you’ve been storing lettuce seeds from your great-grandmother in the basement. Even then, once the seeds have germinated, the plant population will adapt to its current situation.
Seed Starting Made Simple You’ll love the benefits of growing your own transplants. You can grow unique heirloom selections as well as the best varieties for your garden’s conditions — which will boost your yields and reduce losses to pests, disease and severe weather. The potential money savings aren’t small potatoes, either. Consider the cost of filling a single 4-by-12-foot bed with purchased transplants — typically selling for $4 to $5 each — versus paying $2 to $3 for a packet of at least 50 seeds. If you grow a big garden, the savings can quickly grow to hundreds of dollars. Seed Stewardship “Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.”― Michael Pollan Save your seeds! There is so much to say about this topic. We could spend our whole lives focused on this--it’s that much fun, and that much worth doing.Today's class will give you some teasers about seed saving in a few areas, with information from some of the most qualified people in our community. We'll touch on plant breeding for organic agriculture, how to save your own garden seeds, and why seeds are at the center of whether or not we will be able to create a sustainable human culture over the long-term. But we’ll barely scratch the surface.If you love plants, and you love having tons of fun outside learning new things, then you might as well carve out a significant portion of the rest of your life for this fascinating, rewarding, and absolutely crucial practice!
10 Seed-Starting Tips 1. Keep records to allow for better planning An often overlooked aspect of plant propagation is the art of record keeping. Whether you are producing a few plants for your home flower and vegetable gardens or working at a larger-scale nursery, developing a propagation journal will prove indispensable. Here at the Center for Historic Plants, we record when seeds are sown, the germination date and success rate, and when seedlings are ready for transplanting each year. At the end of the year we evaluate the timing of our production schedule, noting what went right and what went wrong. Growing Fruit Trees From Seeds Most fruit trees are best grown from grafted trees that cost $25 to $35 each. But with peaches, nectarines and apricots, you can cut your cost to zero by growing fruit trees from seeds. Because cross-pollination between varieties produces variable results, apples and some other fruit trees are usually not grown from seeds. (Instead, cuttings or buds of the best varieties are grafted onto rootstocks to produce trees that bear fruit just like the parent tree’s.)
Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners Growing your own seedlings indoors can save you big bucks, as well as open up a whole new world of crop variety options. When you start seeds at home, you aren’t limited to the, well, “garden variety” plants available at most garden centers. You can order seeds of anything you desire to try — such as disease-resistant, organically bred, regionally adapted or rare heirloom varieties — from the many mail-order seed companies across the United States, and then sprout them yourself. The range of setups you can use to start your seeds is nearly as diverse as the plants you can grow. We reached out to our readers to find out what seed-starting setups work well for them, and this is a roundup of their ideas.
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically Modified Seeds BILL MOYERS: We turn now from one champion of the public interest to another. From Sheila Bair fighting for greater oversight of the big banks to a global advocate for social justice named Vandana Shiva. VANDANA SHIVA: We need a new paradigm for living on the earth because the old one is clearly not working. Native Americans revive squash from seeds found in an 800-year-old pot Some Native Americans found squash seeds in a pot about 800 years old and revived the plant for the first time in centuries. The seeds from the large, bright orange squash have been distributed to native communities and to others, including some college students in Canada who grew a big, orange squash this fall. There is a worldwide movement to keep the planet’s rich heritage of food crops safe from genetic modification, catastrophe and loss of diversity that may result from food producers’ growing just a few high-yield or tough varieties of fruits, vegetables and crops. Winona LaDuke, a native leader who ran for vice president with Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket in 2000, named the squash Gete Okosomin or “big old squash,” says a blog posting from the American Indian Center of Chicago. The revival of the giant squash comes at a time when scientists are trying to conserve the world’s precious and greatly diverse varieties and species of plant foods. Dr.
How to Start Seeds in as Little as One Day Have you ever scattered a whole packet of 300 seeds, just to have 3 plants survive? Here's a really easy, fast and great way to start seeds, a method we have been using for quite a few years! It reduces the time of seed germination by 70%, and more than doubles the success rate as well!
Hardening off your transplants - Our Stoney Acres An important part of growing your own seedlings is hardening off your transplants. Don’t skip this step or you risk losing your transplants completely! This post contains affiliate links, clicking on them with not cost you anything extra, but does allow Stoney Acres to make a small commission on your purchase through the Amazon Affiliate Program! You have dutifully cared for your new seedlings indoors for 6 weeks and you have a tray full of beautiful plants that look ready to head out to the garden. What now? There is one more step on the seed starting process that you shouldn’t skip.
Starting Seeds in Hot Weather - Organic Gardening Use a (well-marked) soil thermometer to help you decide what can be sown. Photo by Bridget Aleshire. Season extension and year-round vegetable production include gardening in hot weather, when there are some particular challenges to overcome. Some seeds are hard to germinate when the weather is hot. Sometimes the temperature is just too high for that seed, sometimes the soil dries out too fast.
How to Make Seed Tape 1250 959 2Google7StumbleSharePrint Materials Needed toilet paper, paper towels or napkins ruler marker all-purpose glue tweezers (optional) seeds toilet paper or paper towel tube Step 1: Prepare the "Tape" Measure out a length of toilet paper. Best Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors - Organic Gardening I began growing my own vegetable seedlings more than 30 years ago, and I still remember my sad first attempts. Many seedlings keeled over and died, and some seeds never germinated at all. Experience has taught me how to prevent these problems, and every year I deepen my garden’s diversity, save money and share favorite varieties with friends by starting seeds indoors. Thousands of superior crop varieties are rarely available as seedlings in garden centers, and the same goes for wonderful culinary crops, such as red celery and seed-sown shallots. If your gardening goal is to fill your table and pantry with an array of homegrown organic food, then starting plants from seed can help you achieve that goal.
Why we need open pollinated seed If you examine my pockets you will always find, among the lint, some seed. It’s an absent-minded ritual when I see ripe seed. I guess it makes me feel safe to walk around with a potential garden in my pockets. I don’t think the apocalypse is coming, but Brexit is, and the climate is changing. We need seed that can cope with these things, seed that can adapt to our soils and our climate.