To save squash seeds, you need to first split the squash open and then scoop out the seeds. We’ve tried several ways to split and scoop. Here are some ways we split squash and how we like to extract the seeds. Alternative Splitting Techniques Over the years we’ve tried a few splitting squash open a … More Squash Seed Extraction 101
We’ve been cleaning seeds like there is no tomorrow! Basically, because we need to get out of greenhouse (where we clean seeds) and into the seed shack to get germ testing and seed packing so we’re ready to ship in December! Here are the basic steps we use for most of our seed cleaning. Dirty … More Seed Cleaning 101: Winnowing And Screening
Fermentation is a key step in extracting tomato seeds. It helps remove the gelatinous sac surround tomato seed. It controls some tomato diseases. It is also a great way to create amazing odours. But fermentation is very weather dependent. We have had batches that have taken 6 days to ferment. And batches we’ve lost in … More How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?
Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Grower’s Network fall meeting is in Montreal on Nov 15 and 16. … More Two Days Of Seed Workshops In Montreal This November!
I love growing out crossed up plants and selecting what we will save for seed. Brassicas are probably my favourite plant to select. Here are some pictures of what it looked like while I was selecting one breeding population last week. The plants I was selecting are the F2 generation of a cross between Tokyo … More 5 Steps To Rogue And Select Brassica Rapas
I’m about to head up to the CAPÉ Rendez-vous automnal 2018 for a day on seed production. I’ll be giving a talk on brassica seed production. Below is the core chart of the presentation. Did you know that turnips and rutabaga are not the same vegetable? What! (And thanks to everybody who has been telling me what … More Know your brassica species
Below is the official information for 6 webinars broadcast from OSA’s Organic Seed Growers Conference. I am one of the speakers in Seed Economics: How to Make Growing and Selling Seed More Profitable. If you’re interested in listening, make sure to register for the webinars! The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is hosting their 8th biennial Organic … More Organic Seed Growers Conference Webinars