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Steve Mills

Considerations for saving your OWN seed from YOUR own garden

Posted Monday, December 16, 2013, at 7:52 AM
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  • On a side note about seeds, yesterday a chickadee came to the window to politely point out that the feeders were empty. The only seed saving we do for them is sunflowers dried and placed near the feeders, but when they are gone, the store bought bags come out.

    Today a mockingbird is there but she is checking for insect nests under the roof overhang. They use the cactus as a base to "spy" for those little white puffs that hold insects for overwintering. Then they bounce up and pull the nests down to see if anyone is home.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 7:52 AM
  • Good idea on winter-sowing the volunteer tomatoes and peppers! Be interesting to see if they take hold.

    You all may do it already, but I was going to suggest a "seed swap" meeting for the garden club; maybe for March.(?) I know we can exchange seeds and plants at any meeting. But, it might be nice to have an advertised Seed Swap too... might also be a good opportunity to invite new gardeners to come get a few seeds.

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 10:20 AM
  • A pre-announced seed swap sounds good. I will more than likely attend the seed swap of the Middle Tennessee Plant Swap, so I will get some extra for ours swap. https://www.facebook.com/groups/64785223352/

    That is where I got the lemon basil, Thai basil, celosia pictured above and a few other goodies.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 12:43 PM
  • In addition to the seed swap, there will be a special meeting called in January for planning of our coming year. I will announce more details in a separate post but what are your thoughts about a Sunday afternoon?

    That way we could meet at a restaurant during a slower time of their day. It should not conflict with Church and maybe we could get more people to attend.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 17, 2013, at 7:35 AM
  • Oops! I forgot to add the tentative date, January 12th.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 17, 2013, at 7:35 AM
  • The Middle Tennessee Plant Swap is awesome. I wasn't able to go last year, but I hope to this year.

    So Steve, are you going to share your edamame seeds?

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 6:02 AM
  • What edamame seeds? LOL espoontoon picks on me because I hoard my edamame seeds carefully.

    I actually have given some out years ago and now that I will start saving my own, I will likely be assured of having enough, so yes. I will give each member their own seed. (singular)

    Just kidding. If you want to try some out, I have about a half pound. That sounds like a lot, but not to an edamame lover, I planted half of that last year and they cost about $30.

    If I had bought as much as we harvested by the serving at a restaurant, I am guessing the value to be $150-200. But, they cannot be as fresh as straight from the garden.

    I planted in batches too large for fresh eating last year. Yes, we froze it but there should be no reason for that during the normal growing season, only at the end.

    So, I am going to plant in batches of 12 and 24 plants for the three of us, spaced every two weeks apart. I project 5 plantings during the season and depending on conditions and garden space the last planting may be as many as 100+ plants to plan for the freezing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 7:21 AM
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