Guest Post by Sam at Organic Lesson
Those who are unfamiliar with the seeds industry would be unaware of the growing battles between the types of seeds that exist in the market today. In general, seeds can be categorized into the following three categories: heirloom, hybrids, and GMO. It is important to understand each type of seed because they provide different pros and cons. For a more visual representation, you can check out the infographic below by Organic Lesson which highlights the main differences between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO seeds. Continue reading
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. At long last, the dormant herbs in the garden have erupted in a wave of fresh green leaves that brighten the garden path. And dotted here throughout, are winter hardy alliums, which will soon bear the very first herbal flowers of the season. And while I will relish their beauty, herb flowers are more than just pretty – they are downright tasty, too.
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By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Ahhh! Who doesn’t love a spring day? The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming and it’s just a beautiful free for all. We’ve spent a lot of time in the garden recently, planting and weeding and the general stuff. I was standing there in the garden, when a beautiful pileated woodpecker sailed by me and beyond, into the woods. I suddenly thought of an interesting gardening experience from some years before – and in another garden. It involved a pileated woodpecker, a hollow tree, a mess of squirrels, and me.
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Tagged A Journey of Seasons, fun with critters, garden, gardening, hollow tree, jill henderson, pileated woodpecker, show me oz, squirrels
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Every summer, Dean and I spend a measurable amount of time harvesting, cleaning, curing, and braiding the organic garlic we produce in our garden. We use garlic in almost every dish we prepare at home and often utilize its amazing curative powers, as well. I like garlic braids because they are beautiful to look at and compact enough to hang in the kitchen pantry without cluttering things up. But no matter how and in what conditions you store your garlic, there comes a time when the living bulbs begin to sprout and slowly rot. But you can salvage the wonderful flavor and medicinal properties of garlic before it’s too late…
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Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz – I don’t do this very often, but I wanted to share a great educational opportunity with those of you who are serious about saving seed. My friend Justin Huhn, master seedsman and co-founder of All Good Things Organic Seeds, will be giving an extensive 8-week online immersion course designed to teach gardeners of all levels to successfully save seed. Justin’s passion for education and his experience as a professional seed grower makes this online course a unique and valuable opportunity for gardeners and farmers wanting to successfully save seeds. I recently sat in on a webinar that Justin gave online and I can vouch for the fact that Justin really knows his stuff! This course would be a great way to take your seed saving sills to a higher level! Jill Continue reading
I am so excited to share with you the new Heirloom Seed Library located at the Library Station and the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library in Springfield, MO. These folks have worked really hard to build and organize a working seed library in our state and it’s a great example for any library, or group, that would like to start a seed library where they live! The following bit comes directly from the Heirloom Seed Library webpage. Also, check out the heirloom seed library flier PDF that talks about the library and all the fantastic classes and presentations that are scheduled for 2015. This is such an exciting development for our community and an incredible learning opportunity for all. Continue reading