The seed harvests have been coming in. We generally cut whole plants when the are about 75% mature and bring them in our seedling greenhouse to finish ripening out of the rain. They are spread on tarps which helps capture seed as it shatters on the drying plants. Earlier in the season this greenhouse was … More The seed harvests have been coming in.
Veg grower: “Let’s hurry up and cut those leaves before that lettuce bolts.” Seed grower: “Will that lettuce ever bolt? Then we can cut those leaves. Oh, and also get seed.” 🥬 🥬 🥬 🥬 🥬 We strip the bottom leaves off the lettuce plants to improve ventilation and reduce the chance of lettuce seed … More Veg growers vs seed growers – lettuce
Chris and Owen are the founders of Truelove Seeds in Philadelphia. A farm-based seed company offering culturally important seeds grown by more than 70 small-scale urban and rural farmers. Chris is also.a market grower, seed keeper and educator at Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden. In this episode Chris and Owen discuss their seed stories … More The seed growers podcast episode 10 – Chris Bolden-Newsome and Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds￼
So Julien said, “what if we used the sickle bar mower on the BCS to cut down that Red Russian kale for seed?” I said, “I’m not so sure.” But we headed out to the greenhouse to give it a try. And Julien, Hélène, Jasmine, and I harvested that bed in under half an hour. … More Harvesting Kale with a Sickle Bar Mower
These corn poppies all started from some seed I got a while back through the Seeds of Diversity Canada member seed exchange.(@seeds_diversity) When I first grew them out they were all red and pretty similar to one another. I saved the seed and grew them out again. 1 or 2 pink flowers appeared amidst the … More Finding new colours in my Corn Poppies
Robin grows vegetables and seeds in Metchosin, British Columbia. Robin is also one of the co-owners of Saanich Organics – a collective of 3 farmers that run a veggie box program and seed company. In this episode Robin talks about how she selects plants from her 10 acre vegetable farm and transplants them to a … More The seed growers podcast episode 9 – Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm
Onion update. This is what those onions I replanted for seed look like these days. Still a few weeks until seed. My next free online workshop is on Thursday May 19 at 2pm Eastern … It will be about harvest efficiency – more details coming soon!
A little rabbit kit in the home garlic patch. Out on its own for a little walk. I can imagine mama is a bit worried where her baby is at. 🐇 🐇 🐇 🐇 🐇 We’ve got 2 gardens at home. One fenced-in garden with all the tender greens and tasty things. And one garden … More A visitor in the garlic
Liz Martin and Matthew Glenn farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. They grow vegetables for CSA and market and every year they grow a handful of seed crops on contract to seed companies. In this episode Liz and Matthew talk about how they started saving seeds hoping to improve some crop … More The seed growers podcast episode 8 – Liz and Matthew of Muddy Fingers Farm￼
Frank Morton is a seed grower outside of Philomath, Oregon. Frank runs Wild Garden Seeds with his wife Karen and the help of Victor Sauvie and Mark Luterra. They sell seed retail through a print catalog and online store, and sell seed wholesale to seed companies. We had a pretty long conversation so I’ve broken … More The seed growers podcast episode 7 – Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed￼