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Squash Varieties Newly Available from our Seed Bank

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Seed Distribution Coordinator
Published on August 12, 2014

There are some squashes newly available from the NS/S Collection, so if you have some space left in your monsoon garden, you might try one of these… or start planning for next year! We are pleased that recent growouts produced enough seed to make these available to the public: several colorful pumpkins, cushaws, and maybe a spaghetti squash.

Squash Pollination

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Conservation Program Manager. Published July 25, 2014.

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. 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.

ABC's of Monsoon Planting

Article written by by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Conservation Program Manager and Sheryl Joy, Seed Distribution Coordinator.

The summer rainy season is off to a good start and therefore it’s time to get out in the garden! For many seed varieties in the Native Seeds/SEARCH collection, this is traditional time to plant. The monsoons allow for a second summer season after crops planted in March and early April have matured and been harvested. These varieties have adapted over the centuries to the burst of seasonal moisture and warm temperatures of late June through July. So get out there and start planting!

Sunny Azafrán

 

By Laura Jones, NS/S Distribution Manager

When I saw bright orange and yellow flowers gleaming from a pot outside our Retail Store, my eyes changed their focus to meet, for the first time, Corrales Azafrán. I was inspired to get to know this plant that colors our shop’s outdoor landscape, and in this blog post I’ll share a bit more about its history and general uses.

Uses of Amaranth Grain and a Recipe for Alegria

by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Conservation Program Manager

Amaranth is a wonderful, although often underutilized, grain crop. Actually, it is one of the Americas oldest grain crops with archaeological evidence for its use going back at least 8,000 years. Naturally gluten-free, protein rich amaranth grain is a nutritional powerhouse. 

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