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The Role of Flowers in Pollination

2014 7-1 Straight Eight Cucumbers (2)Show Me Oz – No matter where you live in the country, you are either itching to get your hands in the dirt or are already in the garden digging, planting and dreaming! If you want to save seed this year, you have come to the right place! Because today we are talking about flowers and how they achieve pollination – and what those two things have to do with saving pure quality seed. Understanding these things not only helps you reap a larger harvest of fruits and vegetables to eat, but also ensures that the seeds you harvest from those fruits will come true in next year’s garden. So, let’s get right to it!  Read more….

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Seed Saving Time: Testing Germination Rates

Testing seed quality and germination rates. showmeoz.wordpress.comLast week, I received my first spring seed catalog.  And while it’s a bit early for me to even think about ordering seed for next year, it is an early reminder to test some of the seed stock I currently have on hand. Checking the quality of the seed you save is just as important as saving it. After all, there’s nothing more disappointing than spending hours planting seeds that either germinates slowly, patchy, unevenly, or (gasp) not at all.  So, whether you save your own seed or lean heavily towards “accumulating” seed, you should be testing at least a portion of your stash every winter.  Read the entire article here.

Seed Saving Time: Harvesting Dry Seeds

Freshly harvested lettuce seed ready to be cleaned.For gardeners, the most rewarding part of the season is when the harvest begins and all those luscious fruits and veggies really start to add up.  For seed savers, that joy is doubled when, in a few short weeks after the fresh harvest begins, the handful of fruits or plants that are purposely left on the vine to mature begin to set seed.  After a long season of planning, cultivating, monitoring and harvesting the bounty of the garden, the reward is more than bountiful!
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Seed Saving Time: Legumes

Snow peas will cross with snow, snap and shell peas.

By Jill Henderson – via Show Me Oz 

If you’re planning on saving some of your own seeds this summer, the very best time to start is before a single seed goes in the ground.  In fact, your seed saving efforts should begin with that catalog you’ve been perusing all winter.  In addition to a myriad of valuable information such as germination times, growth characteristics, suggested planting dates and so on, many seed catalogs now list each vegetable’s Latin botanical name, as well.  You know the one I’m talking about…those two  little words written in italics and perched between parenthesis can mean the difference between seed saving success or seed saving failure.  READ ON….

Why Save Seed? Selection & Genetic Diversity

Saving lettuce seed couldn't get any easier. Image copyright Jill Henderson ShowMeOz.wordpress.com

I have been saving seed for almost 20 years.  What started out as a simple way to save a buck, quickly became a passion with very deep roots.  After all these years, it is exciting to see so many people interested in saving their own garden seed.  In fact, saving seed has become quite popular. But there are those who still think it’s just a fad – another hashtag in a world of buzzwords. And perhaps seed saving is just another trend in a long line of trends – like bacon everything, backyard chickens, and kale, but for those of us who have worked towards seed sovereignty and food freedom for years, an American seed saving fetish is just what this country needs!

Read the entire article at Show Me Oz
https://showmeoz.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/why-save-seed/

Share the Seed Thanks Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

SESE logoShare the Seed would like to thank Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for their generous donation of starter seeds for the members of the project in 2014.  The seed from SESE allows our members to start their seed saving efforts with pure, high-quality seed!

In addition to a catalog containing over 700 open-pollinated heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, cover crops, and other specialty items, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is “a worker-run cooperative where every worker has a voice in the decisions of the company and where workers receive equal compensation regardless of the economic value traditionally placed on the jobs done.”  Hats off to SESE for their dedication to GMO-free seeds and their work supporting small community-minded groups like ours!

For those wanting to learn more about saving their own seed, SESE has a ton of fantastic resources on their website.  Check out their Growing Guides and Library for detailed information on every crop imaginable!

Thank You, Baker Creek!

2014 4-6 Share the Seed - Thank You (2)Share the Seed members say “Thank You!” to Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for their generous donation of seed in 2014.  The folks at Baker Creek really helped us get the project off the ground by providing members the opportunity to start their seed saving efforts with a nice variety of open-pollinated heirloom vegetable varieties!  It’s been a busy and productive year for Share the Seed.  Our members are looking forward to the Seed Packing & Potluck Party in January when we will get to see all the seeds that were produced.  It’ll be a fun day packaging  seeds and preparing to distribute them to low-income and food insecure individuals and families in our community!  Thank you, again, Baker Creek, and every member of Share the Seed!  Together, we will make our communities a better place to live!

If you would like to get involved with the Share the Seed project, we would love to talk to you!  We are always accepting donations of open-pollinated, heirloom seeds to distribute to those in need and welcome all inquiries and new members!