Melons And Watermelons Donít Cross

Melons and watermelons donít cross They both have melon in the name and they are deliciously sweet but thatís where the similarities end. By melons I mean cantaloupes, Chrentais, honeydews, and a slew of other melons with white seeds in a central cavity.. And by watermelons I mean watermelons with their black spittable seeds. ???????????? … More

Moschata Is Your Squash For Easy Seed Saving

If you really want to save squash seed in your market garden, Moschata is your squash. Compared to Pepo and Maxima squash, there arenít that many Moschata varieties out there. Mostly the butternut clan. And until recently there werenít even that many butternuts available in seed catalogs. Moschate also have 5 sided stems but the … More Moschata Is Your Squash For Easy Seed Saving

Meet The Motley Pepo Squash Crew

If youíre growing squash (be it summer or winter), youíre likely growing some Cucurbita pepo squash. Cucurbita pepo is one of the 3 squash species most commonly found on market gardens. Pepos are a motley crew. Delicata, Spaghetti, Acorn, Zucchini, Pie Pumpkins, Jack oíLanterns, Patty Pans, Crooknecks, and Sweet Dumplings are all Pepos. Not to … More Meet The Motley Pepo Squash Crew

Saving The Seed Of The Dreaded Cucurbit

Are you still afraid of saving seeds? Of all that crossing that comes with bees and pollinators and wind in your seed crops? Let us review #seedsavingformarketgrowers so far. Two crops will only cross if they are the same species. If a crop is a SELFER (predominantly self pollinating) – there is very little crossing … More Saving The Seed Of The Dreaded Cucurbit

The EASY and HARD of Saving Onion Seed

Saving onion seeds is as EASY as popping those sprouting onions into the ground and letting them put on green leaves that turn into flowers, which in turn become seeds. And saving onion seed is as HARD as the amount of rain you get.  All that moisture and maybe hail and harsh winds can spread … More The EASY and HARD of Saving Onion Seed

Beets is chard and chard is beets.

Beets is chard and chard is beets. Thatís right, they are both the same species Beta vulgaris. And that means they will cross up if you let them. My favourite thing about growing beet/chard seed is the elongated stems of the flowering plants with their defined edges and stripes that offset the vivid colours. My … More Beets is chard and chard is beets.