Tag Archives: #Food

Squash Your Pollination Issues

To maintain isolation and control over the purity of a particular variety, it may become necessary to cage a plant and pollinate it by hand, to avoid cross-pollination from neighbors, farm crops or volunteer plants in the area. Many times, especially with very popular plants like peppers and melons, hand pollination is the only way to eliminate unwanted hybridization. What are some of your tricks when it comes to isolating special breeds or hand pollinating?

Here are a few tips when it comes to isolating and pollinating squash blossoms, courtesy of Native Seed/Search, a regional seed bank in Tucson, Arizona, where Painted Desert Seed Co. is a member.

http://www.nativeseeds.org/learn/nss-blog/287-squashpollination

Squash Blossom

Video – Seed Saving Tips and Organizing Your Seed Collection with Marjory Wildcraft

A few great tips from Marjory Wildcraft on organizing your seed collection…

Home Gardens to Go – How to Harvest Heirloom Seeds- Video with Belinda

Belinda with http://homegardenstogo.com is back showing us how to harvest heirloom seeds for gardening!

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Farm Field Day at the Native Seed/Search Conservation Farm

Native Seed/Search is holding an open house Field day at their Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona on September 24.

For details, visit https://t.co/qzcrrgpG1c

Poster for Native Seed/Search Farm Field Day 2016

Gardening With the Three Sisters

One of the most famous farming methods utilized by the indigenous tribal peoples of North America is called The Sisters. Three Sisters Planting refers to corn, providing support for pole beans, which in turn provide nitrogen fixing into the soil for the corn, and ground covering vines such as squash or melons to preserve moisture and provide cooling for the roots of the beans and corn. In the Southwest deserts, another, Fourth Sister joins the Three Sisters: Sunflowers also provide shade and cover from wind, as well as further support for beans and vines. Learn more about Gardening with The Three Sisters here:

Three Sisters Growing Guide