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Happy Planting!

Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays are over for the year, seed orders are (nearly) all done. What do Seeds of Diversity members do now?

We don't know, because we're too busy planting our gardens, but we think that's what you're probably doing too. Wherever you are, we wish you the perfect balance of warmth, sun, and rain to get your seeds and seedlings off to the best start.

And while they're sprouting, read on about how to look after your garlic, our season-end update on this year's Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays, and an amazing new publication about the Bauta Initiative's three-year project to showcase and evaluate seed varieties all across Canada.

Wishing you a great growing season!


Inspect Your Garlic for Leek Moths

For most of the years that I've been growing garlic, it's been completely safe from pests. Rabbits eat my beans and lettuce, but turn up their noses to garlic. Insects have also objected to the taste of garlic, making it among the easiest plants to grow. Until recently.

The Leek Moth, also known as Acrolepiopsis assectella is a relatively new pest in eastern Canada. In the 1990s it was only found in a few places in Ontario, then it gradually spread, and now it has become a major problem for leek, onion, and garlic growers throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.


Seedy Saturday wrap-up: Another great season!

Seedy Saturday and Seedy Sunday events came and went in a whirlwind of excitement. 180 events (at minimum, this is the number promoted on our events page) across all 10 provinces saw many, many thousands of people show up for seeds; for connection; for community; for knowledge sharing; for fun. And fun they were!


Building Climate-Resilient Seed Systems in Canada

For the past three growing seasons, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security championed 24 seed demonstration sites across Canada, to showcase and evaluate varieties of vegetables and field crops being preserved, adapted, or bred by organic and ecological farmers in Canada.

We are excited to share the highlights of their work, and we hope you'll take a moment to see the incredible results!


In this issue

Inspect Your Garlic for Leek Moths

Seedy Saturday wrap-up: Another great season!

Building Climate-Resilient Seed Systems in Canada

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