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Oct 20, 2017

Seed Saver Extraordinaire and co-author of The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs, Cheryl Moore-Gough is on the show today. Cheryl is going to help us learn how to save our seeds to use in next year’s garden, to share with our fellow gardeners, or to donate to the community through our local seed libraries.

Experienced gardeners know that saving seed is one more excellent skill to have in your garden tote (so to speak), and it also can make gardening even more budget-wise. Saving seed means you can play breeder as well - picking your very best plants for seed harvesting - and slowly improving your resident plants by selecting seed based on taste, productivity and hardiness.

I started saving seed with two beautiful ornamental annuals in my garden.  The first was Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), the other was spider flower or cleome.  Once you figure out how to save seed from your favorite plants, you won’t believe the impact on your garden (and your budget!)  Like many other aspects of gardening, when the skill of saving seeds becomes part of your repertoire, you’ll find it is easily integrated into your regular activities in your garden every year: collect, grow, and repeat.

With the summer of 2017 fading into memory, my final visits to the garden include gathering ripe seed - lettuce, cosmos, coriander, and nasturtiums.  For me, the key is to have a few ziploc bags to keep my collections straight - along with a pen to label the bags! (Don’t forget to tuck a pen in your apron!)

If you’re ready to start saving seed, there a number of excellent resources are available today. One of the most popular, and favorite references remains the book Cheryl Moore-Gough wrote with her husband, Robert, back in 2011 simply called, The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs.

Preserve your favorite tastes and scents, customize your garden plants, and promote diversity with the important skill of seed saving. Let’s learn from today’s expert guest: Cheryl Moore-Gough.

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The Garden News Roundup for October 20th, 2017:

 

Guest Update

Creative Vegetable Gardener:Tips for Tidying Up Your Vegetable Garden for Winter - Creative Vegetable Gardener

Review of The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, and how we can help in Texas (by Pam/Digging)

 

Sustainability

Fall Herbs and Spices That Double as Décor

 

Continuing Ed

Madaline Sparks teaches us how to overwinter our favorite outdoor summer plants.

 

How To/DIY

How to treat your terrarium | James Wong

How to Be Your Own Garden Designer: Think Like A Curator -

How To Forage For Chicory This Fall - Growing Up Herbal

 

Plant Spotlight

Knotweed: The naughty and the not – Toronto Gardens

 

In the News

Scores of migrating Monarch butterflies make pit stop in Bayonne (PHOTOS)

Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles

Chaumont international garden festival: art and inspiration for autumn

 

Dream Guest

Custom Garlands by Koehler & Dramm - Botanical Brouhaha

 

Science

PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News

 

Shopping

Planting the Piet Oudolf Way

 

Inspiration

Kristian Buziol Restores a Historic Italian Garden Once Owned by a Legendary Explorer | Architectural Digest

After years of isolation, gardening has helped John back to society

 

Recipes

Slow Cooker Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili - Foxes Love Lemons

Fall Herb Butter - FineCooking

 

Quotables

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The Garden News Roundup

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Quotables

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I’d love for us to start off by first having you read the quote at the front of your book from George Washington.

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Seed saving was such a huge part of farm life, but it’s now lost to so many people as we become more urbanized.

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What do you wish most gardeners had a better understanding of when it comes to seed production in plants?

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What are some of the best ways a beginner can save seeds?

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Chapter 4 of your book covers seed storage know-how. First, how long do seeds really last? Can they really last for thousands of years?

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What are the best containers to hold seeds in?

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Is there a way you can tell what the seed would turn into when it’s been planted? Are there any predictive markers on the seed?

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Do you collect seeds the same way in every plant or does it differ based on the plant?

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How can we save seeds from hybrids?

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Do you have some common pieces of advice that you regularly share to gardeners about germination?

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Do you have some tips and tricks for gardeners who are struggling with plant problems?

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Do you do anything to enhance airflow when trying to grow indoors?

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Now, you have a section for advance gardeners. What advice do you have for those more experienced gardeners who want to take plant breeding seriously?

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Do you have any favorite resources for gardeners you would like to share?

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Before we go, do you have any final words of encourage to all the gardeners out there?

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