February 2019 Monthly Meeting

On February 18, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder delivered a presentation entitled “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries”. A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. During his presentation, Josh focused on the benefits of saving and sharing seeds that can promote plant life abundance within our communities. His talk focused on vegetable seeds; however, he stated his remarks generally applied to all seeds.

Josh shared that seeds are our history. As an example of how seeds can evolve, Josh stated that the original ear of corn was the size of our thumb. Corn has grown in size due to seed breeding.

What are the advantages of seed sharing? Josh offers these advantages:

  • saves money;
  • promotes experimentation;
  • adapts to location;
  • promotes continued propagation; and
  • encourages personal connections with family, friends and other gardeners

Seed sharing is also just plain fun! Many thanks to Josh Fuder for sharing his knowledge with us. We learned a lot.

Member Seed Exchange

It is that time of year again — time for collecting seeds for our GCMGA Seed Exchange!

 We will be collecting the seeds at our GCMGA Meeting on October 21.  We will then prepare a list of seeds available and put it on our website with information on how you can submit seed requests.  The requests will be filled at our November 18 meeting.

Here is the “how to” for participating in our seed exchange:

  • Collect seeds as they dry on the plant.
  • Place on towel for a day or so in case there is still moisture on them.  (The plant will not germinate if sealed with any mold.)
  • Store seeds in paper envelope with label.
  • Pack seeds for seed exchange with at least 10+ seeds per packet.
  • Identify on each pack of seeds the botanical and common name(s), sun or shade plant, color, and year seeds were collected.

For information on sowing the seeds you receive from our Seed Exchange, visit our website at https://gwinnettmastergardeners.com/labels/a-bit-of-dirt.html/a-bit-of-dirt/page/2  for a great article titled “Indoor Seed Sowing Calendar” by Jane Burke.

 

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