Category: Seed saving

Seed Saving 101

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THIS PAGE Amaranth 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 the …

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The second year’s crop comes in for the Seed Bank

Article by Vivien Adams Photos by Joyce McMenamon The Comox Valley Community Seed Bank members are harvesting the seeds of the second year of our operation.  Many of these seeds were taken from the first year’s harvest, and grown on this year.  We will accumulate records on the progress of these seed varieties, to monitor …

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Crop Record Form 2013

[important]Link to CV Seed Bank Crop Record form.[/important] Calling all seed savers!  Now is the time to be planning which seeds you are going to save this season.  Please keep in mind the Seed Bank Wishlist and the CV Seed Bank Crop Record form.  Keeping records is beneficial in any case, but it is essential if you are …

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SQUASH FAMILY CROSSES, By Nick Guthrie

Members of the Squash (or Cucurbitacaea) family are many and varied – in size, shape, colour, & storability. Most of those grown in this area (unless you are growing exotics) fall into 3 species – Cucurbita ‘maxima’, C. ‘moschata’, and C. ‘pepo’. Those that have outstanding keeping qualities and drier flesh are usually referred to …

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SOME VEGGIE SEED SAVING, by Nick Guthrie

All the plants we want to save for seeds: must be non-hybrid – often designated as open pollinated, – and non GMO. must be properly named – ensure that the name is one which is not used only in Courtenay but in Canada generally. This may be difficult to ascertain. As a last resort simply …

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OPEN vs. HYBRID PLANTS vs. GMO (or GE) PLANTS, by Nick Guthrie

Nick standing in front of a scarlet runner bean covered arch

One of our goals in CVGSS is to share vegetable seeds among us which breed “true”, that is, will go from seed-to-plant-to-seed giving reliable production of the same features for planted generations to come. In the plants coming from the seeds in any one CVCGSS envelope, there will be small but acceptable variations in size …

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Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds

Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds * indicates that item is available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library system Books & Publications *Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth *The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough *Seed Sowing …

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Islolation Distances by Nick Guthrie

[important] From the February 2008 Newsletter [/important]   One part of our mandate in CVGSS is to exchange vegetable seeds which breed “true”, that is, will go from plant to seed to plant giving a reliable production of the same features for generations to come. Of course, in any oneseed envelope there will be small and …

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The Book: How to Save Your Own Seeds, 5th edition

How to Save Your Own Seeds, 5th edition   Written by gardeners, for gardeners, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the …

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