Here is a collection of links and tips from tonight’s SeedChat topic on getting seeds without buying them.
Government run seed/gene banks where you can request seeds for free, many varieties that others don’t have. In the U.S. try http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/ In Canada http://pgrc3.agr.gc.ca/index_e.html .
You can also see if there are freebie seed giveaways and trades on gardening forum. Some Suggestions given were: Seed forums on GardenWeb.com YouGrowGirl.com MyFolia.com SeedLiving.com
Some organizations and groups provide free seeds, either as part of a project or to encourage gardening. Check out www.DinnerGarden.org www.GreatSunflower.org and www.OneSeedChicago.com to learn how to participate.
@SolakNC asked about the legalities associated with saving and starting seeds from plants that have been patented. I think we all agreed that these plants are protect from both sexual (seeds) and asexual (cuttings) propagation.
@Rainforestgardn brought up the topic of germinating seeds from grocery store produce. Remember growing your own avocado in a jar? This lead to the topic of irradiated food and whether seeds from those fruits will germinate. Have you encountered this? It was pointed out that open pollinated produce will germinate and should produce fruit that is true to seed. Speak to the farmers at your farmers market for more information.
The whole transcript will be found here, where it is usually posted before Thursday mornings. Next week’s topic is seed saving organizations and exchanges. At @KatWhiteDesigns' suggestion, we’ll starting to post the questions ahead of time here on the blog to give people a chance to research and prepare links. So, ask your questions here and we’ll post them before next week’s topic.
If you’re new to SeedChat familiarize yourself with our format here. The first 5 minutes of ever chat are open for greetings and introductions. The final 15 minutes are an “open” forum where you can ask questions that didn’t get covered, or if you’re late; answer an earlier question or ask for more details on an answer one of your fellow participants gives.
See you next week. Bring your suggestions for seed saving groups (regional and national) and where seed exchanges are hosted near you.
Consider this an open thread where you're free to pose questions, elaborate on something you mentioned during SeedChat or just share some interesting seed-related links and information.