Category Archive: Seed saving

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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Jul 01 2015

Saving squash seeds

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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.

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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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Mar 18 2015

Gem squash – a South African delicacy

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As a South African expat I grew up with gem squash as being the one and only squash we ever saw at our table. We ate them cut in half with their hard outer skin serving as a bowl. Filled with lots of butter and sometimes tender green peas they were delicious. I grew some here …

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Sep 30 2014

Storing seeds

At the September 2014 Seed Savers meeting, Ellen Rainwalker gave a presentation on cleaning, drying and storing seeds To see the powerpoint of this talk go to this link. or press HERE. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_rfPRezZsufOWRWdkhYa2k4anRMNVYyYWtTV21NZno1ZzJF/edit    

Sep 09 2014

Local farmers saving local seeds – farm tour

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  Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Garden Tour- Sunday, September 21 – Local Farmers Saving Local Seeds The Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) are hosting their 2014 Garden Tour on Sunday, September 21. Meet at 1821 Anderton Road, Comox (by the Natural Pastures sign); the tour begins at 10:00 am. Our theme …

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Aug 26 2014

Seed savers monthly meeting September 4th.

Comox valley Growers and Seed savers presentation – Thursday September 4th. Topic; How to take care of our precious seeds.   Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) is featuring a presentation on harvesting and saving seeds on Thursday, September 4. The meeting will be in the Common House of Creekside Commons Co-Housing. Come at …

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Jun 03 2014

Saving Kale seeds

I have two varieties of kale and want to save seeds from both of them. One has smooth, tender green leaves, the tenderest kale I have ever grown. The other is a deep purple frilly kale, rich in anthocyanins and vitamin K. To stop the from cross pollinating I cut the developing flowers off the …

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Nov 20 2013

Seed Saving 101

[notice]CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THIS PAGE[/notice]   [important]Amaranth[/important] Method of Pollination – Amaranth is self fertile, but is occasionally wind pollinated. Time to Harvest Seeds – Cut down and dry the seed heads when they start to drop a few seeds. When they are dry and brittle, thresh them and blow away …

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