Monday, August 29, 2011

Starting a Seed Bank

Since seed saving season is well under way we'll be covering starting a seed bank this Wednesday for the newbie seed savers and those who didn't start one last winter. If you have a question about starting a seed bank (what kinds of seeds you should save, what are the benefits of regional seed banks, what to expect as a seed bank manager) you can ask it in our questions tab.

Join us Wednesday night on Twitter to discuss seeds at 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

#SeedChat in Lawn & Garden Retailer Magazine

I was reading the digital edition of Lawn & Garden Retailer when I came across the article by @PAllenSmith about "The Future of Gardening" on pages 24-25 of the digital edition. I got to the end of the article and laughed-not at the content-but at the mention of #SeedChat. Whenever I see anything I'm involved in get a mainstream mention I feel like I've just played a joke on the world.

When I approached @Xitomatl about starting #SeedChat last winter I didn't know if she'd be interested and I certainly didn't know if anyone else would show up and want to talk about seeds on a weekly basis. Every Wednesday night when I fire up Twitter I still have those "what if nobody shows up?" thoughts. Thankfully we've (everyone who participates) created a fun, friendly and informative community of gardeners who are passionate about starting plants from seeds and saving seeds.

Above all #SeedChat is a safe community, no question is too dumb to ask, where we gather to freely exchange information about growing from seed. Brands, organizations and companies who are interested in participating are welcomed to join our community provided they see us as people and not just another stream through which they'll get hits to their websites or sales. We're people, treat us as such and we'll support you.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in #SeedChat these past few months. Without all of you this community would not exist. Join us Wednesday nights from 8-9pm Central on Twitter to talk about growing from seed.

UPDATE: Lawn & Garden Retailer has provided us with a webpage version of the article.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Seeds at Independent Garden Center Show 2011

Last week was the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago and the seed industry was well represented. Below are a few pictures of some of the seed samples the vendors gave out along with their Twitter accounts. Hope some of them join us on Twitter for #SeedChat on Wednesday evenings at 8pm Central to talk seeds.

Tomato Violet Jasper sample pack from @RareSeeds.

Nasturtium Canary Creeper and Pineapple Tomatillo from Lake Valley Seed who doesn't have a Twitter account yet. But they do have a nice selection of seeds and you should check out their website.

Pelleted seed mixes: Petunia Blueberry Lime Jam, Coelus Under the Sun, Petunia Vogue by @FerryMorseSeeds

Broccoli Raab, Melon Early Silver Line Hybrid, Arugula Rocket Wild Roma and Cress, from international seed collection by @BurpeeGardens

Cucumber Boothby Blonde & Daikon Radish Miyashige White from @HighMowingSeeds

Calendula Flashback and Melon Halogen and a USB drive from @SeedsofChange

Pansy Black Moon hybrid. Nemophila Pennie Black, Banana Ensete Glaucum, Butterfly Pea Clitoria Ternatea,  Sweat Pea King Size Navy Blue from @Thompson&Morgan

Miniature Chocolate Bell peppers and Lemon Cucumbers from @SeedSaversX

Propagation Techniques

This week's #SeedChat topic is about Propagation Techniques. Have a question about how to take cuttings? What plants you can propagate now? Join us for #SeedChat on Twitter at 9PM Eastern 8PM Central 6PM Pacific on Wednesday, August 24th to share your tips and resources for propagation techniques. If you have a question you'd like an answer to, submit it under our questions tab and we'll address it during #SeedChat

Saturday, August 6, 2011

General Seed Saving How-To

This week's #SeedChat topic is General Seed Saving How-to. Learn the basic of seed starting. Join us for #SeedChat on Twitter at 9PM Eastern 8PM Central 6PM Pacific on Wednesday, August 10th to share your tips and resources for seed saving or get an answer to a question you have. If you have a question you'd like an answer to, submit it under our questions tab and we'll address it during #SeedChat