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ACRES USA: Seed Saving Begins in Spring

Seed Saving Begins in Spring - Jill Henderson - Acres USA May 2014Seed Saving Begins in Spring – Jill Henderson – Acres USA May 2014

Check out this PDF of my latest article for ACRES USA magazine;  The Voice of Eco-Agriculture.  This is a great read for anyone who wants to grow crops or raise livestock in a natural and sustainable way!



Seed Saving Time: Spinach

Garden spinach (Spinacia oleracea). Image via Wikimedia Commons.By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Spinach is one of the very earliest crops planted and harvested from the garden in spring.  As a member of the Amaranth family (formerly classified as the Chenopodia family), spinach is naturally packed with fiber, protein, and high levels of essential vitamins and minerals.  If you’ve never grown your own spinach or had freshly prepared spinach, you are in for a real treat!  And if you already love spinach and grow it in your garden every year, then why not try saving your own seed?  You’ll not only be rewarded with oodles of eating pleasure, but you’ll save a ton of money, too!

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Seed Saving Time: Peppers

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If you started your hot and sweet peppers inside this spring, you are probably beginning to see flowers and young fruit.  In our garden, the Cayenne peppers were the first to fruit, exceeding the flowering time of the Ozark Giants, the California Wonders and the variegated Fish peppers by more than three weeks!  I’ve already tagged these early fruits for seed production, specifically because they did fruit so early – a characteristic I want to see perpetuated in my future cayenne crops.  By selecting those very first fruits for seed saving, I have essentially ensured that at least some of the seeds I save will carry the genetic information needed for early fruit production.  If you would like to learn more about how to save your own hot and sweet pepper seeds, this week’s Show Me Oz is for you!

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