Tomorrow- March 29th – Salt Lake County Seed Swap Early Season Gardening Class

Local – Salt Lake County, Utah   Friday, March 29th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
The March class will be on techniques for early season gardening, including a section on the end about saving seed from lettuce and the special challenges of saving seed from spinach and how early season growing can minimize them, Clarence Whetten, Advanced Master Gardener, will be teaching.  The class will be at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan:

http://conservationgardenpark.org/

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Salt Lake County Seed Swap March Class – March 29

Local – Salt Lake County, Utah   Friday, March 29th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
The March class will be on techniques for early season gardening, including a section on the end about saving seed from lettuce and the special challenges of saving seed from spinach and how early season growing can minimize them, Clarence Whetten, Advanced Master Gardener, will be teaching.  The class will be at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan:

Farmers’ lack of bees might be solved by going wild

“The findings have important implications for agricultural and land-use policies worldwide, said study leader Lucas A. Garibaldi, an agricultural scientist at the National University of Rio Negro in Argentina: Unless habitats for wild insects are protected and nurtured, farmers around the world could face a future of drastically lower yields.

Scientists have long warned that plowing landscapes into vast, single-crop fields and orchards eliminates the range of soil, wildflowers and other vegetation that is crucial to support multiple species of wild pollinators, including bees, flies, beetles and butterflies. As these insect populations have dwindled, farmers have resorted to using rented interlopers, generally Apis mellifera, during flowering season.

“Honeybees cannot replace the service wild bees provide,” Garibaldi said. “Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes matters and can help increase production.”

To read the full article go here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/28/science/la-sci-wild-pollinators-20130301

How To Organize a Community Seed Swap

I posted this link last August, but feel it wouldn’t hurt to post again.  The link goes to Mother Earth’s News:

How To Organize a Community Seed Swap

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: Where have the bees gone?

We Turned 200!

Thank you so much for “liking” our Facebook page:-)  Hugs to you all and happy gardening!

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How to Choose? Open Pollinated vs. Hybrid Seeds

Tom Stearns writing for High Mowing Seeds talks about hybrid seeds here:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/inside-hybrid-seeds/

Jacob Keszey over at High Mowing Seeds tells you the differences and how to choose:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/how-to-choose-open-pollinated-vs-hybrid-varieties/