The Story of Seed

  • Saving Squash Seed

    Let's talk squash! Here are some basic seed saving facts about this plant.   1. There are 3 main species you can grow in your garden without cross pollination. Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata and Cucurbita maxima   2. Squash are outbreeders, meaning insect pollinated. 3. Squash will cross pollinate very easily. Isolation by distance or hand pollination are necessary to keep varieties pure. 4. It is a good idea to save seed from as many plants as possible. On a home garden scale that would be 5-20. So with these three facts in mind, let's have a look out in... read more »

  • Farming with Child

    Maisie planted the corn on the right hand side!   It is a good thing we are rich in seed I have realized lately. These past two weeks, really these past two months, we have been in planting season. Parenting does not stop when I have to go to work on the farm. Little Maisie now toddles, and almost runs, around the farm as we get our summer crops in the ground. Pre-baby, I remember speaking with other farming mamas I know and hearing the stories about their little ones...pulling up the freshly planted transplants, walking on the beds (oh... read more »

  • Brassica Basics: Seed Saving 101

    Listen up here! This is what you need to know if you want to save brassica seed in your garden and keep the varieties pure. Pay attention to scientific names. These are the latin names that all living plants, animals, insects and fungi have. This is the basic rule of thumb: any vegetable that has the same genus and species names can cross pollinate. For example cabbage is Brassica oleraceae and broccoli is also Brassica oleraceae. The first name is the genus and the second name is the species. Read more »

  • Bell Bean Cover Crop

    The act by legumes of 'fixing' nitrogen has always seemed like magic to me. Nitrogen makes up 78.1% of the air we breathe and is essential to plant life. How does this gas get converted into a usable plant food? Well, that is where chemistry and 'magic' come into play. Read more »

  • A Seedy Challenge and our new site...

    Can you identify the seeds used to create this mandala?
    To celebrate our new website we are presenting this seed challenge. The first 15 people to correctly ID 10 of the 13 seed types will receive 15% off any seed order. You can view the mandala on our website www.redwoodseeds.net. The mandala is part of the slide show or click the thumbnail above.
    Email us your answers. Please share this contest far and wide!
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