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Celebration of Cotton

By Michelle Langmaid, Garden and Volunteer Coordinator. Published May 29, 2017.

Whenever I am showing a new volunteer through the seed bank I can’t help myself from excitedly grabbing the container which houses the cotton seeds and saying something obvious like “Look! We have cotton seeds!” just as a small child might point out a brightly colored candy. This could be because I’m a Northerner and seeing an actual cotton seed soon to be plant is a novelty. However, in researching the origins of these varieties and considering the history of cotton, it’s more likely that these seeds really are incredibly worthy of everyone’s excitement and unabashed enthusiasm.

Fun and Inspiring Introduction to Seed Saving Workshop!

By Carly Herndon, Program and Outreach Coordinator. Published May 18, 2017.

The Introduction to Seed Saving workshop held in early May was an exciting educational opportunity for all participants of different backgrounds. The workshop provided valuable lessons for educators, community garden planners, backyard gardeners, to those staring a seed library. Education Coordinator Melissa Kruse-Peeples led the class, with the help of retail staff Laura Neff and Chad Borseth, and Executive Director Joy Hought. Some more NSS staff even joined in the audience!

Squash Pollination

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator. Originally published July 25, 2014. Updated May 16, 2017.

One of the most common gardening problems from those growing squash, cucumbers, or watermelons is the abundance of baby fruits, but none that grow to full size. The baby fruits shrivel and wither away. The most common reason for this is that the fruits were not pollinated and therefore not fertilized to develop into a mature fruit. In this blog post we share information about how cucurbits are pollinated and provide instructions for hand pollinating squash that can be applied to other species in this plant family.

Adopt-A-Crop 2017

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Sheryl Joy. Published May 11, 2017

Each year Native Seeds/SEARCH grows numerous accessions from our Seed Bank Collection at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona to obtain fresh seed. The number of accessions can vary from just a few dozen to over 300 depending upon the number of seeds to be planted, the pollination needs, the staff available, and needs of the Conservation program.  This year we are growing over 50 accessions. We have selected 5 of these accessions to highlight during our Adopt-A-Crop campaign. The campaign allows NS/S supporters to join us in the shared stewardship of these seeds. All supporters will receive a report of the grow-out at the end of the harvest and seed processing cycle.

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..

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