Category Archive: Resources

All post relating to the resources and assets of the organisation.

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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Mar 09 2017

Using the Winnower

Early in 2013, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers  purchased a hand-powered seed winnower in order to make seed cleaning easier for its members and for local farmers.  A number of the Board Members had seen the winnower in action at a Seed Conference in Richmond November 2012 and were greatly impressed. The Seed …

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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

KimChi Kale Coleslaw.

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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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Jul 24 2016

Bean chili

A great dish for potlucks. I good served over brown rice. Ingredients. 1 1/2 tablespoons Cumin seeds 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 white onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 jalapeno, finely diced, for less heat remove the seeds. 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 1/2 cups finely diced mushrooms 1 zucchini, diced 1/2 cup diced …

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Jul 24 2016

Bean burgers

In search of the perfect bean burger. BEAN AND ROASTED SWEET POTATO BURGER. 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks (about 1 cup) 2 Tablespoons oil pinch of salt 2 cups cooked beans 1/2 cup finely diced onion 1 cup cooked brown rice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground …

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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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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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