Southeast Garden Conference 2018

By , January 5, 2018

I am really excited about this year’s garden conference in Haines!

We have a great group of gardeners here, many of whom have taken the Master Gardener courses. (Several could teach the Master Gardener courses.) We are loosely organized, but have gotten a lot of really good things to happen. There is an annual plant sale around planting time in the spring, a farmers market, and a radio show, The Garden Conversation, on our local radio station, KHNS, to name a few.

Our little community hosted the 2017 Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit last February. The organizers had planned to focus on larger scale farming, but many of us small back-yard gardeners and subsistence gardeners attended and got a lot out of the experience. One result was the motivation to have our own gardener’s conference this year.

Jeff Lowenfels, acclaimed long-time Alaskan gardening author, is the keynote speaker. He wrote a couple of  books I actually have on my bookshelf (and have read more than once): Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide To The Soil Food Web, and Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition.

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Seed Saving and Testing

By , February 19, 2017

Five days ago I made “seed burritos.”  I wasn’t actually that hungry, I was checking to see how the seeds I saved from my garden would germinate.

The process was simple. I wet a section of paper towel, placed 10 seeds on it, wrapped it up like a burrito and placed it in a plastic bag. I labeled the bag with the seed type (note to self, add the date next time!). I didn’t seal the bag all the way, and placed it in a warm place. Then I waited.  I checked them every couple days or so. Some seed varieties take longer than others, so I knew to be patient.

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (photo: Michelle L Zeiger)

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (Photo: Michelle L Zeiger.)

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