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Spring Seed Favorites for 2017

Tesuque is the traditional pepper used for making chili powder in New Mexico.

Oh, the gardenerd’s dilemma. So many seeds, so little space. We’re not here to help, we’re here to commiserate. In fact, we’re here to feed the monster. Here are our seed favorites for 2017: Seed Favorites for 2017 Blue Jade … Continue reading

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Harvesting Silver Edge Pumpkin Seeds

The pumpkin (ours anyway) was only about 8 inches in diameter.

I fell in love with Silver Edge pumpkin seeds the moment I laid eyes on them. This Mexico native squash wins every beauty contest when it comes to seeds. They’re enormous, they’re exotic and they have a shiny SILVER EDGE! … Continue reading

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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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Favorite Seeds for Spring 2016

Anna Peach's Hawaiian Black Kabocha squash seeds.

It’s that time, gardenerds. Let seed-starting commence. You have your favorites, your tried and true varieties that you grow every year. So do we, but we get bored easily so we’re always looking for new varieties to test out in … 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 Seed Favorites for 2015

Honey Nut from Renee's Seeds

Now that we’ve finished combing through the pile of seed catalogs that came in the mail over the holidays, we’ve made our list of new seeds we’ll be planting this spring. It’s a Gardenerd tradition to share our new seed … 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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Harvesting Bora King Radishes

One of the smaller radishes we harvested next to a cherry tomato for perspective.

Awhile ago, we reported that we were planting a new radish in the garden for spring: Bora King. It’s a winter radish that claims to be purple on the inside as well as the outside. We were so excited to … Continue reading

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Let’s Go to Seed School – Part 3

Inspire! Excite! Educate!

In this, our last installment about Seed School we explore the economic and political makeup of seeds in our world. For me, this is the real reason we need to save seed and preserve species. On our final day, we … 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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