Category Archive: Gardening tips

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 04 2015

Seed savers favourite books.

At our December 2015 meeting seed savers presented the highlights from their favourite books. Here is the list;  http://cvgss.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ss-books.pdf Happy reading! The owner’s name has been added in case you want to beg them to borrow the book.

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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Jul 01 2015

Saving squash seeds

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.

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 03 2015

Complete Organic Fertilizer

Complete organic fertilizer    By popular demand here is the recipe for the Complete Organic Fertilizer and also the enhanced version.

Mar 20 2015

April 2nd seed savers meeting – Beans and gardening advice.

All about gardening – come and ask our experts. Seed Savers’ Fabulous Beans and Gardening Advice On April 2, 2015 at 7pm the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers will host their monthly meeting. In line with their ongoing quest to find varieties that can be considered to be “All Comox Valley Winners” or outstanding …

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Feb 13 2015

Kale and lettuce presentation.

pdf kale and lettuce  Click here for full presentation. At the February 2015 Seed Saver meeting Terry and Jenny talked about lettuce and kale, with a focus on Vulcan lettuce and Improved Siberian Kale.

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