Save the Seeds! Ecolocity DC to host a seed saving workshop July 20

image copyright Mas du Diable

I received an email from Ecolocity DC yesterday, announcing that they will be holding a seed saving workshop next week. Ecolocity helps to educate residents and groups in the Metro DC area on how to build environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. They offer networking opportunities and connect people to local resources.

Here is a description of the workshop:

Have you been growing your garden, but wondering if you’ll have to buy all new seeds next year? Worry no longer! This workshop will help you learn how to save your seeds year after year, an ancient practice that’s still just as useful today. If you already have experience with seed saving, come along as well. We’d love for you to share your expertise. This workshop will start with a short film about seed saving, include a bit of an intro about its history, and then go into a practical, hands-on workshop. If all goes well, you should be bringing some seeds home to plant in the future.

Date: July 20, 2010
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Emergence Community Arts Collective, 2nd floor, 733 Euclid Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

For additional information on seed saving, visit Seed Savers Exchange, or the International Seed Saving Institute, or see this post on Mas du Diable’s blog about other seed saving networks.

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Green In the House

starting seeds in my greenhouse

starting seeds in my greenhouse

One of the best things about my home is that it came with a greenhouse in the backyard. It’s been dormant all winter, but this weekend I put it to good use by starting some seeds.

This is my second year of using the greenhouse. Last year, I had a success in starting basil, tomatoes, peppers and thyme, most of which successfully transferred.

In staying true to the “green” in greenhouse, I use only organic seeds in organic potting soil. And, I’ve been saving bowls from Annie Chun’s noodle bowls (my husband apparently had quite a few this winter), which are made from corn-based compostable “plastic”. (Yes, that’s plastic wrap on the pots, not terribly green, but it’s a less toxic type I bought from Whole Foods).

For pest control, I’ve been using a soy oil based spray that I bought at Whole Foods and a mixture of rosemary and lavendar essential oils in water that I made. This year, I’m adding neem oil to my arsenal.

We plan to plant several vegetables and herbs later in the season, but it’s nice to get a head start with some species that are easy to grow from seed.