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Ground Squirrels! Conservation Center Garden Update

Article by Michelle Langmaid, Americorps VISTA Garden and Volunteer Coordinator, published April 24, 2017.

Must be they’re hungry…

We were all excited that the Mayo Garbanzo Beans had popped up and were leafing out beautifully. They were bright green, hydrated, and seemed generally healthy. Then suddenly, like we see in the movies, they were not fine. Some selective herbivore began to eat the foliage off of these precious seedlings. Not only does this creature go after the garbanzos planted outside of our high security enclosure, it is also able to penetrate inside of it! It’s worth noting that the chicken wire is buried 2’ underground, and reinforced at the base with ½” hardware cloth. There are no visible holes in the ground, but it’s still possible that a ground squirrel could be getting in somewhere..

Tips for Container Gardening

Article by Laura Neff, NS/S Retail Associate, published April 17, 2017.

When most people think of gardening, they think of large in ground plots or raised beds. From my experience, this picture tends to intimidate many people. Particularly those who are on a limited income, have limited space and time, live in a space where HOAs or landlords do not allow any renovations or changes, or are new to gardening and not quite ready to take the plunge into a large garden space. One of the most common reactions to gardening I receive when people come into the Native Seeds/SEARCH retail store is that they would love to do more if they were able to, but one of these reasons mentioned above keeps them from doing so. I tell these folks and whoever reading this blog post that every garden (large, small, container, or in ground) makes a difference when it comes to the larger goal of food sovereignty and promoting local food.

Beauty Queen Squash

Published  by Sheryl Joy, Collections Manager on April 11, 2017.

We had a terrific growout of squash at the Conservation Farm last summer. Six different squash varieties were grown and had good harvests, but we wound up with a stunner of a harvest on one in particular!

How to Clean Gourds

Published  by Nancy Reid, Retail Associate on March 24, 2017.

Last summer, we grew the Apache Dipper Gourd for seed. Through our volunteer seed processing days we worked as a group on cleaning and harvesting the seeds. At the same time, we were able to open the hard outer shell by carefully using hand saws so that the gourds could be used for different purposes once the seeds were removed.

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