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SSNO Part 4: Adapting Seeds to Your Microclimate

SSNO Part 4: Adapting Seeds to Your Microclimate

Wrapping up this 4-part series on seed saving, this last post focuses on how to save seeds that, over a few years, become adapted to the hyperlocal...
SSNO part 3: Hand-Pollinating Zucchini for Pure Seed and Better Yields

SSNO part 3: Hand-Pollinating Zucchini for Pure Seed and Better Yields

If you remember from Seed Saving Nerd Out (SSNO) Part 2, two categories of plants require isolation for your saved seed to breed true:  Insect- and...
SSNO Part 2: Which Plants Are Best for Seed Saving?

SSNO Part 2: Which Plants Are Best for Seed Saving?

This is part 2 of the Seed Saving Nerd Out, SSNO for short.  Part 1 last week was a long description of plant reproduction to help you understand w...
Seed Saving Nerd Out Part 1: Plant Reproduction

Seed Saving Nerd Out Part 1: Plant Reproduction

This is part 1 of a series that goes deeper than usual into the botany behind seeds to help you become a better seed saver. Mechanically speaking,...
How to Save Tomato Seeds

How to Save Tomato Seeds

One of the best ways to have healthy plants is to grow varieties suited to your particular soil and microclimate.  And the best way to do that is t...
Seed Saving Basics

Seed Saving Basics

September is seed saving time!  Most annual plants will be setting seed, and warm, sunny days are perfect for collecting dry seeds.  Last Monday I gave a talk at a local library on how to save seeds.  In this post, I'll share the same ideas with you.
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