Category Archive: Education

May 05 2017

Books and links for seed savers

Books Seed to Seed – Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – Suzanne Ashworth Saving Seeds As if Our Lives Depended On It – Dan Jason Organic Seed Grower – John Navazio Organic Seed Production and Saving The Wisdom of Plant Heritage – Bryan Connolly The Complete Guide to Seed Saving – Cheryl …

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Jan 07 2017

Selecting and getting those seeds started.

From presentation by Arzeena Hamir. Seed Catalogs – what to look for – The seed catalog companies do not grow their own seeds. They have their growers in many different places. This means that if you buy from a local company this does not mean that your seeds will be local. For this you need …

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Aug 08 2016

Saving lettuce seeds

Ralph Watts has the following method for saving lettuce seeds. “For some this may be an easier way to save lettuce seed.” he says.     Get two plates – same type with smooth rims, or a bucket with a lid. Place plates under lettuce. Work lettuce above the plates with your fingers as the …

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Jun 09 2016

Tomato pollination and isolation

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-pole-beans-planted-next-sunflowers-57178.html Link to pollinating tomatoes with an electric toothebrush for better yield.   An Interesting question is whether to isolate tomatoes or not; whether to bag or not. As tomatoes are self pollinating a lot of people don’t bother to isolate. This is fine when saving tomoato seeds for ones personal use but we have a …

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Dec 01 2015

Seed packing instructions for Seedy Saturday 2016

Step 1. Pour all seeds onto paper. (Our example is orach)   Step 2. Sort the big ones from the little ones.   Step 3. Sort mouldy seeds from good seeds.   Step 4. Look up the list with quantities to pack.   Step 5. Scoop up 1/2  teaspoon of good orache seeds and put …

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Oct 26 2015

Growing Great Garlic – Talk by Neil Turner

GROWING GREAT GARLIC. Speaker; Neil Turner of Amara Farm. Garlic needs a minimum of 3 months of cold temperatures to clove properly and is a heavy feeder. Why eat garlic- lowers cholesterol lowers the risk of stomach and prostate cancer prevents colds antiseptic – was used to treat gangrene – taken internally It has been …

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Oct 20 2015

All about kale

http://www.seedambassadors.org/all-about-russian-siberian-kale-napus-kale/ An excellent coverage of kales.

Jul 01 2015

Saving squash seeds

female squash flower in bag

Squash cross pollinate readily with other squashes of the same variety. They are insect pollinated so the insects are flying quite long distances. First thing is to know which variety of squash you are growing and what it will cross with. You will also need to know what your neighbours are growing! Next step is …

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Jun 12 2015

Bag isolation of tomatoes.

baby tomatoes

June is here and the tomatoes are flowering. Time to bag them! Many of us have small gardens and want to grow several types of our favourite heirloom tomato. We do not have the space to plant them far enough away for the correct isolation distance. The solution is to put a little bag over the …

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Apr 08 2015

Free film on farming

The Comox Valley Lazo Womens Institute Is presenting a film featuring senior farmers of the Comox Valley. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Where ; Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College When ; Thursday 30th April Time ; Doors open 6.30. Film starts 7.00 Price ; Free, but recommended donation $5 in …

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