Backyard seed saving by Sue Stickland
Plants are rather obviously living things. They are evolving constantly, their genes are being selected by the success of the mother plants.. so they adapt to disease, changing environmental conditions, local soil types and many other factors. Saving seed is a way to pass on these desirable characteristics and to positively respond to opportunities represented by plants adapting to your local conditions.
Big seed companies look for uniformity, they want things that ripen at the same time, for easy harvest etc..whereas local growers don’t necessarily want all those things. Diversity is good for wildlife, it gives opportunities for cross pollination and other things to happen that generate further diversity such as longer harvesting seasons as well as resistance to a range of disease and pest threats.
Seed Saving one day course
Saving seed is an art.. you need to know the difference between those plants that cross pollinate with other plants from their families and which ones hold true to type. Also saving seed is a set of strategies which begins at the start of the growing season, not just as an after thought at the end of it.
Sue’s 2 part workshop is the ideal way to learn all the key things you need to know to save seed successfully and comes at exactly the time you need to be thinking about to be able to get the best results from your activities.
This one day course in April is subsidised by the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and is the perfect opportunity to come and meet successful garden writer, designer and teacher Sue Stickland and to enjoy a day at Newtown’s foremost organic horticulture training centre Get-Growing.
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More info on the Seed Saving Course
Part one: Preparing to Save Seed
Saturday April 13th, 9.30am-1pm
Pen Dinas Community Garden, Llanidloes Road, Newtown SY16 1HX
£15-£10 (discount for low income/students)
Saving your own seeds can not only save you money, it can help conserve a diverse range of vegetable varieties which will grow well in your garden – and it can be great fun.
On this half-day course, come and find out:
- How vegetables grow, seed and adapt to local conditions
- Which crops are easy to save from seed
- How crops cross-pollinate and how to avoid this
- How to start off seed crops to get good results
- What to look out for during the growing season
You will also get chance to take home locally saved seed to try for yourself.
A second workshop will be held on September 28th to cover seed harvesting, drying and storage – in between we hope to arrange an informal garden tour to look at the seed crops growing, date depending on the growing season!
Book on-line at www.get-growing.org.uk