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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. 

Saving Seeds in a Small Garden

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Staff

If you’re like me you love gardening (and eating from the garden!) but don’t have a lot of space to do it in. It’s always a challenge deciding what to plant each year, because everything I’d like to grow simply won’t fit. I’ve also wanted to try seed saving, but wasn’t quite sure how to do that well with my limited space.

Heat and Drought Tolerant Varieties from NS/S

Originally published 3/18/2014

In the recent book Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (PB1058), Native Seeds/SEARCH co-founder Gary Nabhan discusses how farmers and gardeners are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in a world of climate change. One solution promoted by Nabhan is to to grow varieties that are best suited to warmer, drier climates such as those originating from the Greater Southwest region conserved in the NS/S Seed Bank. Many are traditionally dry-farmed, surviving on rainfall and soil moisture without the use of irrigation, and are well adapted to the extreme heat and drought that are part of “the new normal” of global climatic uncertainty.

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