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Quick and Dirty SEEDS 101
Transcript of Quick and Dirty SEEDS 101
simple seed saving for the
everyday home gardener
Quick and Dirty SEEDS 101
Produced through traditional breeding methods using simple home techniques.
OP, Landrace, Heirloom
Produced by crossing two inbred genetic lines to create a superior variety.
Produced by having DNA engineered in a laboratory. This can include splicing in genetic material from other scientific kingdoms.
GM, GMO, GE
Growing from Seed
Sourcing Good Seed
Seeds are food security at
Since 1903, we have lost nearly 93% of the diversity in our food supply. Currently, 12 plant crops equal 75% of the food consumed worldwide
Grow only one variety.
Maintain isolation distances.
Use bagging and caging techniques.
Simple germination tests can be done at home to test the viability of your seed.
Seeds should be stored in a dark, dry place under 45F.
keep it simple
1. What is my plant family?
we can cross pollinate!
2. Am i an annual or biennial seed producer?
I produce seed
I take two seasons
to produce seed
4. Do i have perfect or imperfect flowers?
3. Am I monoecious or dioecious?
The perfect flower
There is separate
boy spinach and
male and female flowers are on the same plant
3. Do insects or wind move my pollen?
the wind carries my pollen over 2 miles
insects can carry my
pollen nearly one mile
5. Do I produce a seed pod or fruiting body?
grow true seed
Follow minimum planting requirements
Reintroduce new seeds if signs of inbreeding depression occur
Sacrifice your best plants and fruit
Rogue for negative traits or any signs of disease
Preserving for Next Season
Wet processing takes seeds
through a week-long fermentation
process to clean fruit material off the seed.
Dry processing involves threshing and winnowing the chaff of the plant to separate out the seed.
haste makes waste
"Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."
nathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
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big ag Discovers seeds
US Patent and Trade Office begins seed distribution
First commercial seed crop becomes available
American Seed Trade is formed
US Patent and Trade Office had an annual distribution of 1.1 billion seed packets.
Seed distribution programs is eliminated after 40 years of lobbying by the ASTA