Category: Resources

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

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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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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Gem squash – a South African delicacy

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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new book on Seed Libraries

Here is  a write up about a new book on Seed Libraries. Seed Libraries And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally-based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest …

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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    

Winnower – dates when available

With the first rains, we are aware of the need to get our seeds ready for next year.  One of the benefits of CVGSS membership is free use of our Winnower. We have two sessions planned.  Tues, 15th September 4 -6 pm and Saturday 24th September from 3 pm on. Please email us at cvseedsavers@gmail.com if you would …

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Local farmers saving local seeds – farm tour

  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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How to maintain genetic diversity in our gardening crops.

This was the subject of the talk given by Sylvain Alie at our September 2014 Seed Savers meeting. Why is genetic diversity important? – Its mother nature’s way of helping us find the best varieties to deal with climate change, plant pathogens and nutrition. The minimum to maintain genetic diversity would be 1000 Seeds from 20 plants and …

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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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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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