Utah Seed Exchange – 1st Annual Planting Festival

Utah Seed Exchange 1st Annual Planting Festival will be on May 4th, 2013 at Allred Orchards, 2109 North University Avenue, Provo.  There is no charge for this event thanks to the generosity of Allred Orchards, vendors, and class instructors.  Times will be announced soon.  This event is open to the public.

There will be numerous classes from experts throughout the day on topics such as soil health, seed saving and the best vegetables to grow in Utah.  All will be taught with an emphasis on organic, sustainable gardening methods by instructors such as Caleb Warnock, author of ‘Backyard Winter Gardening; Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in any Climate without Artificial Heat or Electricity’, and Michelle Roberts who runs Roberts Ranch, an organic, sustainable farm in Spanish Fork.
Logan from Woodheadgardens.com in Orem will be teaching a class on Vermiculture.  That is red worm composting, they quickly compost your scraps, and give you some of the best compost there is!  If you’d like to purchase worms and pick them up at the festival, email Logan at dirthead@woodheadgardens.com what you want, and that you want to get them at the festival, and he’ll bring them for you.  They are $15 for 1/2 pound of worms, which is about 1000 worms.  It’s plenty to get you going, they multiply rapidly after a bit.
Alex Grover, the owner of Utah Sustainable Gardening will be teaching a class on organic methods of pest and disease control.
They are bringing together the heirloom, organic start growers in Utah in one place to make shopping for your plant starts easy and fun.   There will be lots of different varieties of plants available including herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons and heirloom strawberries.  Let’s support our local growers who are doing it right!  There will also be other organic growing products available.
Details will be updated on their website at utahseedexchange.org .
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How to Make Super-Sturdy Tomato Cages

Now is the time when we dream of our summer gardens and are looking through the new offerings from favorite seed growers.  Here is a project from “Organic Gardening” magazine that you can start anytime to put aside for your favorite heirloom tomatoes.  These square vertical columns will keep your plants growing tall and strong in your backyard, urban homestead, or in a community garden.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/super-sturdy-tomato-cage?cm_mmc=facebook-_-OrganicGardening-_-Content-LearnGrow-_-tomatocage

How To Save Tomato Seeds

Do you have some ripe lovely heirloom tomatoes that you’d like to save seeds for next year’s enjoyment?  Follow this link the a video that clearly explains the process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3eS5IyoBX4