812: Seed Borne Diseases – a Seed Chat

A Seed Chat with Bill McDorman. – (excerpt here)This is the April 2024 Seed Chat – Seed-borne diseases quietly jeopardize the vitality of crops, as seeds unwittingly harbor microscopic threats like fungi, bacteria, and pests. Bill and Greg will help you identify these pesky pests and guide you through the measures to screen for disease-resistant seeds to thwart these covert adversaries.

807: Seeds, Are They Dead or Alive? – A Seed Chat

A Seed Chat with Bill McDorman. – Don’t throw away seeds collected for years. Do a germ test. Germination testing is a vital step to ensure seed viability before planting. We will talk about the process and show you how to determine the ratio of successful germination. Then you can plant the germinated seeds right into the ground. Learning how to germ test empowers growers with crucial insights into seed quality, helping you make informed decisions on seed selection and planting strategies.

805: Jennifer Jewell on the Personal, Ecological and Cultural Significance of Seeds

We chat with Jennifer Jewell on her journey discovering the significance of seeds. She shared “that my tiny life will end and I will have spent a lot of hot air talking to gardeners, but the seeds are gonna survive. Like we’ve messed up a lot, but the seeds are still there. And the incredible number of seed keeping humans on the ground everywhere, they are doing great work.”

801: Flower Parts for Dummies – a Seed Chat

A Seed Chat with Bill McDorman. – This is the February 2024 Seed Chat – Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson simplify the intricate world of flower anatomy into digestible insights for any level of gardener. Emphasizing the relevance of understanding flower parts, the duo investigates flowers, and fruits, highlighting their functions and significance in plant life. Bill and Greg’s informative and fun approach makes plant science accessible and relevant for all.

789: Wild Flower Seed Chat

A Seed Chat with Bill McDorman. – This is the December 2023 Seed Chat. Who doesn’t love wildflowers? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t toss wildflowers on your land and hope that they grow. Like most crops, they need special tending to get them started. If you’re really daring, you might mimic the patterns of the plants whose seeds you want to sprout. But keep in mind, wild plants put out thousands of seeds because so many of them don’t make it. They’re looking for the odds to be in their favor. Join Bill & Greg as they dive into this seedy topic.

784: Grains And Your Gut Instinct – A Seed Chat

A Seed Chat with Bill McDorman. This is the November 2023 Seed Chat about how our modern-day grains have gone through huge genetic changes and many would say not particularly for the better. There is a harkening back to ancient and heritage grains that are better for bellies, taste great and are easy to grow. Join us for this Seed Chat to learn about the Fresh Flour movement and how it is taking the country by storm.

782: Patio Farming – Growing Food in Pots and Containers – A Rosie Replay

A Rosie on the House Radio Show Replay. What if farming could be simple? A few pots on the patio, either back or front and you are growing food for yourself and the neighborhood. Join Greg as he chats with Kari Spencer about Patio Farming and how to get it done. It is really that simple.

778: Get Saving Those Seeds, It’s Easier Than You Think – A Rosie Replay

A Rosie on the House Radio Show Replay. Join Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson as they chat about the 5 easiest seeds to save. The first one discussed is how to save tomatoes. Plus they share about their yearly event called the GreatAmericanSeedUp.org that is the biggest seed saving bazaar in the country. There is nothing else like it!