Good Gardening Week 9: Fall Anniversary – Plus last week’s seed-saving tips

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Welcome back to Good Gardening! In our week 8 discussion, we wanted to know how many readers and growers saved their own seeds for the following season. As always, we took the conversation to social media to see what the reaction was…

Tim Priess wrote, literally en route to a seed savers exchange in Ester, Alaska, just outside of Fairbanks. Growing Ester’s Biodiversity has a Facebook page for anyone in the area who wants to get involved.

I personally messaged to say how I saved my acorn squash seeds (which grow behind my right shoulder) to distribute to my Italian family members who have never heard of acorn squash. Per l’Italiani, pocchi semi sono ancora disponibile se volete. Mandate and email a [email protected] Sono a Lombardia.

The Sharing Gardens wrote how unsurprisingly they too store and share seeds. In addition, they always do this thematically at the beginning of autumn, since the largest seeds have then grown from the ripe fruits. They have a post on how to save tomato seeds here on their blog.

– The sharing gardens

permaculturist Monica Richards saves seeds and also shares them with their friends; even as far as Germany, where she got seeds from a tomatillo – a Mexican fruit that she grew at her home in California! Talk about a one world garden She continued…

Many native seeds I live in need cold stratification, soaking, or burning to germinate. When I know a native I love is spreading their seeds, I try to help the pods along areas where I can use them at the same time, rather than collecting and keeping them. This way they will move around the property at the time of year they are used to and germinate naturally. Lo and behold I have a bunch of natives right where I want them to germinate!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus

Theme week 9: Autumn Jubilee

Question 1: September is the first month of autumn, what is left to harvest?

Question 2: Do you like growing late crops? If yes, which?

Question 3: Will anyone see you as a vendor at your local harvest fair?

Tell us here in the comments… or send your questions, tips and photos to [email protected] Join our Facebook Good Gardens thread every Friday on the GNN Facebook page…

Good gardening rules

  • Green thumbs can help inexperienced greenhorns.
  • Share your garden photos and resources.
  • Gardening jargon welcome!

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