This is the time of year when we ask our members to list their saved seeds in our annual Member Seed DIrectory. As Canada's largest seed exchange network, our seed directory is the list of seeds that our members save at home and offer directly to other members. We publish it online and in printed catalogue form in January, and all members are welcome to request seeds.
Since it's a member-to-member seed exchange, you request seeds by sending a form to the person offering them, along with payment. Most of our grower members accept stamps as payment, and Canadian Tire money is popular too, so it's easy to participate. For nearly 30 years, our members have used this annual directory to offer and request seeds, but more importantly, it has bonded so many seed savers together through the shared experience of saving and sharing seeds, and the handwritten notes that accompany them about their gardens, challenges and successes, stories of the seeds' origins, and best wishes for the next gardening season.
If you're new to our Member Seed Directory, see the back pages of our Spring magazine for more information. You can see last year's directory at http://seeds.ca/seed-directory to see how it works.
We invite any members to offer their saved seeds, and only ask that you offer seeds that you are confident to be good quality and true to type. Beginners can be very successful by starting with flowers, beans, or tomatoes; the easiest seeds to save reliably.
Seeds are meant to germinate when they're moist, and hibernate when they're dry. That's why it's important to dry your seeds after you harvest them. Open-air drying is the best way, and there are several methods for creating just the right conditions for perfect seed drying, using ordinary household items.
There is no universal definition for a heritage variety, but most of us agree that fifty years is long enough to declare a popular variety to be part of our collective culture. Welcome to the club, our newest heritage potato: the renowned Yukon Gold!
Fifty years ago, Gary Johnston, a potato breeder at the University of Guelph, was intrigued by communities of Dutch immigrants who had established successful farms in southern Ontario. Their preferred yellow-fleshed potatoes were commonplace in Europe at the time, but nearly unknown in Canada where white-fleshed varieties such as Kennebec and Russet Burbank were typical.
It was during a Seedy Saturday in Quebec City that I met Kevin Bouchard for the first time. Among the many people that visited the booths that day, he came and handed me a small paper envelope on which was handwritten "garlic from the garden of the Jesuits." He introduced himself and explained that he had been taking care of a garden which had belonged to the English, and more formerly Jesuit community.
Right now, in the last days of summer, bumble bee queens are laying both female and male eggs. The females who emerge at this time will become queens themselves, and will soon mate with the emerging males. These new queens forage to build up their food stores for the winter, and then find a secluded spot to hibernate (often in leaf debris, mulch or rotting logs) for the winter. The rest of the colony, including all workers, males and old queens, will die at the end of summer or in the fall, depending on the species
An annual membership to Seeds of Diversity includes our quarterly magazine and our annual seed directory.
OUR NEW ADDRESS
Seeds of Diversity
1-12 Dupont St W,
UPCOMING SEED WORKSHOPS
Organic potato production
Wednesday, September 28th 2016
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Orchard Hill Farm
45415 Fruit Ridge Line, St Thomas ON
Heritage Cereals showcase
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Covent Garden Market
Seed saving workshop
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
2 pm - 4pm
UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC
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