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Ask Gardenerd: Saving Broccolini Seeds

Side shoots form tiny heads of broccoli you can harvest for at least a month.

This terrific question came in from an inquiring mind this week: “Last spring I had a very tasty crop of Broccolini. I was impressed enough to save seeds at the end of the season. I’ve since learned that Broccolini is … Continue reading

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Harvesting Radish Seeds

Radish seeds are medium sized, so you won't need a very small screen.

Locally adapted seed is an important ally in the garden. Seeds you save and plant again become more adapted to your climate, water conditions, soil, etc. Each time you save seed and then grow it out properly, that seed improves. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Garden Resolutions 2015

Soil builder cover crop

Happy New Year, fellow Gardenerds! 2015 is here, the days are growing longer each day, and seed catalogs have arrived. We’ve been poring over them during breakfast, marking off new heirloom discoveries to try this year. This exploration leads to … Continue reading

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Saving Carrot Seeds

One of many carrot seed heads

Carrots are fun to grow at home and if you’re lucky, some of them will bolt to seed at the end of the season. Then, if you grew an heirloom or open pollinated variety, you can save those carrot seeds. … Continue reading

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Let’s Go to Seed School – Part 2

Step 2: Pour seeds into a screen that allows the seeds to fall through, but keeps the chaff.

We’re back with more about our week in Seed School. (In case you missed the first post, click here.) Later in the week, we delved more into the wonders of seeds with dissection, genetics and seed cleaning. So…let’s go to … Continue reading

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Let’s Go to Seed School – Part 1

Silver Edged pumpkin seeds

I had the pleasure of participating in a 6-day workshop all about seeds, presented by the folks at Native Seeds/Search. More than 30 gardenerds gathered to learn as much as we could, and we were not disappointed. We covered everything … Continue reading

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Saving Poppy Seeds

dried poppies1

If you’ve ever considered saving seeds, but have been too afraid to try, start by saving ornamental poppy seeds. Why? Saving poppy seeds is practically labor-free, is incredibly easy, and can be done in about a minute. We grew a … Continue reading

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