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DIG ONLINE: Basics of Seed Saving – Dos, Don’ts, and Shortcuts

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm MST

From saving money to improving your garden bounty year after year, learn the tips and tricks to start seed saving in your garden.

Saving seeds from your successful vegetables and flower is easy, fun, saves you money, and leads to better-adapted plants. Join us for an introduction to seed-saving class. Learn the reasons why you should save seeds, basic botany for gardeners, what types of seeds are recommended for saving, and how to ensure healthy, true-to-type saved seeds. We will also cover tool and equipment recommendations as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of the seeds you save, as well as ways to share your saved seeds with your community.

Learning Objectives

  • Saving seeds for a home garden will lead to stronger, better-adapted plants for your location.
  • Saving true-to-type seeds is simple and straightforward for many vegetables and flowers but more unpredictable and not recommended for others.
  • Seed maturity is not the same botanical stage as ripeness and varies by species.
  • Proper storage inside a cool, dark, and dry location is necessary to ensure seed viability and longevity.
  • The five labels to include with your saved seeds are variety name, species, date, location grown, and population size.

Speakers: Melissa Kruse-Peeples

Melissa Kruse-Peeples is a certified Master Gardener with the Maricopa County Master Gardeners program, a Community Garden Coordinator with NATIVE HEALTH, and former Seed Educator with Native Seeds/SEARCH. She has co-authored the regional guide Saving Seeds in the Southwest: Techniques for Seed Stewardship in Aridlands. Melissa has a PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University where she investigated the sustainability of ancient farming practices in the Southwest. Her motto is that your garden and your seed stash can never be too large as there will always be people to share it with.


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