678: Seed Saving Myths.
A chat with an expert on seeds.
At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013.
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In This Seed Chat:
This is the April 2022 class discussing seed saving myths. A myth is an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Seed saving myths are plentiful and often are motivated by large corporations to increase seed sales and profits. You can’t save seeds to hybrids. You need lots of chemical inputs to grow successful seed crops. Seed saving is hard and should not be attempted by amateurs. You need a lot of space to save seeds. In this Seed Chat Bill and guest host Janis Norton debunk these myths and others. They will help you understand the origins of these stories and how they became a part of our general narrative.
- “Seed Bunchers or Seed Folders” on https://greatamericanseedup.org/blog/
- Saving seeds from hybrids – commercial farmers don’t want to, but you can!
- Gardening anxiety feeds the myth
- Seed saving in Russia
- Being thankful for garden “disasters”
- Focusing on the only two selection criteria that really matter
- Rejoining a great tradition
- Reminiscing about Bill’s experinces in Russia
- Using chemicals to create uniform varieties
- Corn – the good and the bad
- Growing food without all those chemicals
- Planting as many varieties as possible and saving the seeds from the ones you like
- Stop overthinking it!
- Throw all the myths out and start gardening
- Appreciating the gift of planting seeds
- Genius tricks, and the easiest plants, for saving seeds in a smaller space
- Do the biggest, best-looking veggies taste the best?
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