Seed Saving


Growing Asian Vegetables from Seed – Apr 18

Kitazawa Seed Co.with Jim Ryugo of Kitazawa Seeds

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Enjoy Pak Choi, Chinese Broccoli and Kabocha Squash?  Come find out how you can grow your own so you can have them at the peak of freshness.  Join Jim Ryugo of Kitazawa Seed Company to learn how to maximize your chances of success with Asian vegetables.

About our speaker:  Kitazawa Seed Company is the oldest seed company in America specializing in Asian vegetable seeds. Since 1917 Kitazawa has been a valued source for Asian vegetable seeds for home gardeners, retailers, and commercial growers.


Seed Saving

seedswith Irene Beebe, Alameda County Master Gardener

Not so long ago, seed saving was part of every garden. From ancient times until our grandparents’ day (or great-grandparents’, depending on your age!),  favorite strains of vegetables and flowers were renewed from year to year and generation to generation, sometimes travelling long distances with a family to a new homeland.  By the 1880s, seed companies had begun to make hybrid seeds widely and inexpensively available, and by the early 20th century many gardeners no longer saved their own seed.  But there’s now a growing interest in the traditional practice of seed saving.

We’ll be talking about why it’s important to save seeds, how to collect and process the seeds, and how to store them. Plus, Irene will give us a short how-to demonstration on how to save bean, lettuce, and tomato seeds.

About our speaker:  Irene Beebe is an Alameda County Master Gardener and a volunteer with the Hayward Seed Lending Library, and has a certificate in Landscape Horticulture from Merritt College. Irene was born and raised in a second floor flat in foggy San Francisco and considers herself a testament to the fact that anyone can garden.

Click here for a downloadable PDF with seed saving resources.

 

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