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Seed Saving Workshop Announced!

I’m pleased to say that I’ll be hosting a beginner level seed saving workshop, hosted by the Richfield community garden in Edmonton, Ab! There’ll be lots of information and hand outs provided to those who come, and lots of questions answered. I’ll be going over the most common (and maybe a few uncommon) edible plants to save seeds from, along with demonstrations.

The topics will include:
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  • Specifics of saving seeds for different edible plants
  • The difference between heirloom, open pollinated, and hybrid plants
  • Modes of pollination, and how it affects your seed saving
  • How to store your seeds for the short term and long term
  • …plus any questions people may have!
  • Location: Richfield Community Garden (pipeline right-of-way at 86 St & 36A Ave)*
    Cost: $5 requested donation, 100% of proceeds going to the Richfield Community Garden
    Date: July 27th, 2-3pm.
    *In the case of inclimate weather, the workshop will be located indoors at 19 Keegano NW, the Keegano Housing Co-Op community hall.

    Please RSVP to k (at) populuxe (dot) ca if you wish to attend

    Hope to see you there!

    Thanks to Sustainable Food Edmonton and the Richfield Community Garden for support.


    Seed Starting is Upon Us

    Seed Starts After what’s seemed like a winter that just won’t stop, we’ve finally hit normal temperatures for this time of year, and the seed started last week are all starting to pop up. Every year I have this crippling fear, which I’ve dubbed “Seed Starting Anxiety Syndrome”, that centers around me being positive that none of my seeds will germinate, and it’ll be a big bust.

    Of course that never happens, and except for the few odd seeds that are extremely old and have come to me, maybe not stored in the best conditions, they all germinate just fine.

    But yet, I still have that anxiety every year.

    I use a website called Folia to log everything as it’s happening. I have no direct affiliation with the site, besides being a fan (and an initial beta tester many years ago), but it’s become indispensable for my record keeping, just to see when everything happens (is that variety actually 60 days to maturity, or was it longer?). If you’re interested in the day-to-day of how the seed bank plants are doing, follow the link above, and you can see it all go down there.

    The seeds that have popped up for the seed bank this year only the tomatoes currently, and they are:

      Zapotec Pink Pleated
      Sophie’s Choice
      Yellow Lemon
      Green Grape
      Stupice
      Kootenai
      Lancia
      Green Zebra
      Sibirsky Velikan Rozovyi
      Fruhe Liebe
      Keeping Tom
      Kimberley
      Pink Zebra
      Perestroika
      Tigerella
      Mary’s Austrian
      Tangerine
      Chocolate Stripes
      Fargo Yellow Pear
      Yellow Pear
      Moskvich
      Delicious
      Humph

    Still waiting on a few tomato varieties, the peppers, and the eggplants.

    Today I’ll be starting some short season melons, and some squash.

    As they grow, I’ll be posting more pictures. Stay tuned!

    Kelly in Seed Bank news on April 06 2014 » 0 comments

    Seeds for Distribution: Out of Stock

    Thanks to everybody who ordered seeds this year through the distribution page! The seed bank is officially out of all varieties for this year.

    The new list of varieties that will be available after this season will be posted later in the year (generally around November), but I will keep everybody updated via the newsletter, twitter, and this blog. We should be able to offer more varieties this year than ever before, so stay tuned!

    In the mean time, if you’d like to make a donation to keep the seed bank’s efforts going, you can visit this page to make a contribution of any size.

    Thanks again to everybody who ordered seeds this year!

    Kelly in Seed Bank news on March 18 2014 » 0 comments

    A New Database, Grow List, and More!

    Spanish Seeds Hello seedsters (is that a thing? It should be!). I’ve been feverishly working the past few weeks to get a whole bunch of stuff updated around here. Not only that, but a bunch of you have ordered seeds through the distribution page so I’ve been working like mad getting all of that out. I’m starting to see seeds in my sleep. Not that I’m complaining, we’ve had unseasonably cold weather here, so it’s nice to amuse myself with all the seeds in order to try to block out the -30C temperatures outside.

    Newsletter – The first quarterly newsletter has been sent out for 2014. I like to announce some things on there first, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up by entering in your email address in the little box to your left. You can be sure I don’t share your email addresses with anybody – I don’t even use a third-party service to send the emails, it’s all done right on my own desktop. The next newsletter will be emailed in May.

    2014 Grow Outs – This is going to be a big, big year for the bank. My wonderful volunteers have really stepped up to the plate this year, and between myself and my four volunteers, we’ll be growing around 80 varieties of edibles this year (the majority of which are tomatoes). That in turn means that we’ll hopefully have that many different varieties to offer gardeners and growers all over the world in late 2014/early 2015. You can check out all the varieties slated to be grown in one handy list, here.

    The New Wiki – In 2011 I started constructing a database/wiki of detailed grow out information that’s been collected by myself and the volunteer growers. It might have taken me a while (due to my inability to garden because of the move), but I’ve officially launched it. This is not a compendium of all tomatoes ever, but strictly for varieties grown out by the bank. This year we’ll have a big push to enter in a lot of new info as these varieties are being grown out. Please be sure to check it out, and if you have any suggestions for information to add, please let me know by contacting me.

    Seed Bank Holdings – I’ve finally gotten all the information in the seed bank’s database re-entered, so the current holdings list is now completely, 100% up to date with all the varieties, and information I have on them. There’s about 38 pages of it there, so if you want to read it all, I suggest grabbing yourself a coffee first and getting a comfortable chair.

    That’s all for now, but stay tuned! I have a few more articles planned here for the site, as well as general updates slated to happen. As the gardening season ramps up for me here on the prairies, I’ll be using this site more and more to keep all you lovely folks up to date on the status of how the garden is coming along.

    Kelly in Seed Bank news,Site Updates on March 02 2014 » 0 comments

    Current Seeds for Distribution Now Posted!

    Just a quick update to let all you fine folks know the seeds for distribution is now up, and ready to be chosen from by you. I have limited quantities this year due to the move (and lack of proper garden!) so choose early if anything on the list strikes your fancy.

    The list can be viewed, as always, here.

    Happy new year everybody! Stay tuned for some good site updates in the next few months, and the next upcoming newsletter which is due out in February.

    Kelly in Seed Bank news,Site Updates on December 29 2013 » 0 comments

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