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We Are All Plant Breeders Now

Sep 10, 2020
 

published in the Small Farms Journal, Winter 2019-2020

 

We Are All Plant Breeders Now

Five approaches to adaptive seed stewardship

 

By Petra Page-Mann

 

They told you to order from the catalog. To plant in tilled soil. To get big or get out. To dig in, to fit in, to simply follow the instructions on the package.

 

They promised you yield and markets, profitability and prosperity, stability and security, if you would just do what you’re told.

 

They sold you big tractors with bigger debt and small, patented seeds, a certain social grace with less than a living wage. 

 

Now we know: We reap what we sow.

 

In the last century, farmers and their communities have been uprooted from our ten-thousand-year legacy: The seeds themselves. As seeds have moved from commons to commodity, it is no longer common to find a farmer growing their own seed, much less involved in any breeding process.

 

Yet we are. 

 

With every bite. 

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How to Grow Microgreens at Home

Nov 22, 2019
 

Microgreens save us each winter, making it easy to get through the darkest months with luscious greens. Often harvested ten days after they're sown, microgreens may be the closest thing to instant gratification in our gardens.

And hey!

I'd love to share my free 

How to Grow Microgreens at Home 

webinar with you!

I'm soon sharing my knowledge and passion in a free half-hour webinar; even if you can't join us live I'll share the instant replay with you when you register. Learn more here and see you soon!

We've learned a lot about how to grow microgreens indoors across the years and I'm delighted to share the keys with you :)

What Seeds to Sow for Microgreens

Oh, the possibilities!

Anything delicious that sprouts quick is a great choice for microgreens. More colors = more nutrients, so lean into rainbow chard, purple basil and everything in between :)

Here are our favorites:

broccoli

kale

arugula

mesclun mix (our spicy mix is our favorite...

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Fruition's Guide to Companion Planting

Apr 26, 2018
 

Companion Planting

Tomatoes love basil.

Kale loves dill.

Is it really that simple?

Yes and no.

Companion planting is the art of planting your garden so everything will thrive in each neighbor's company.

Here is the bottom line: Diversity is essential for a healthy, gorgeous garden.

And the more the merrier: More species, more varieties, more flowers, more insects, more abundance, more joy.

Our insectary mix, full of diversity delicious for countless species.

What makes a good companion plant? Here are the three characteristics I consider when pairing companion plants, followed by my four go-to companion plants for any garden.

Three Kinds of Companions

1. Height + Light

Tall plants can act as a living trellis for climbing crops. For example, pole beans grow marvelously up sunflowers and corn.

Sunflower and corn are living trellises for pole beans.

Tall crops often create shade in your garden, as well. Limit the shade they make by planting tall crops north/south...

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