687: Squashes, Summer & Winter.
A chat with an expert on seeds.
At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the former 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.
Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes. Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.
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In This Seed Chat:
This is the June 2022 class discussing squashes. Help! How can we tell the difference between summer and winter squashes and why is it important? What are the challenges with cross-pollination and why don’t the three different species of squash cross? And what are they? What are the pitfalls of planting and planning for harvest? So many questions and so many answers can be found on Seed Chat with Greg and Bill.
– Returning to diversity
– Defining summer and winter squashes
– Avoiding cross pollination
– Tying off or taping the pollen-receiving flowers
– Goldini Zucchini at Open Source Seed Initiative
– Understanding the species of cucurbits
– Eating unpollinated veggies?
– Keeping deer out, pollinators in
– Starting seeds indoors and transplanting to the garden
– Foliar spraying to avoid powdery mildew
– Finding mildew resistant varieties
– Foliar feeding, available at the Urban Farm
– Looking for variety in melons
– Explaining foliar fertilizers
– Podcast Episode 684: Foliar Feeding in the Garden
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