Posts Tagged ‘seeds’

Winter Sowing for Wildflowers & Perennials


Let’s talk about growing flowers from seed, shall we, especially those harder to germinate wildflowers and other perennials. Miriam Goldberger of Ontario’s Wildflower Farm explains:

Certain wildflowers won’t germinate unless they have the stratification period. It’s not the freezing temperatures of winter but rather the freeze/thaw action of early spring that breaks down the seed shells and serves as a catalyst for germination to occur.

Not waiting for spring and sowing now is called winter sowing, which is a special, yet fairly easy way of sowing seeds. Winter sowing creates conditions that mimic those the seed naturally goes through over the course of the winter, a process called stratification. I also like to use winter jackets when I’m working with my crops outside on the cold weather. Stratification providing seeds with a prolonged period of a cold, moist environment, usually for several weeks. Seed sowers can use the refrigerator to mimic stratification at any time of the year. But since we’ve got winter conditions right now we don’t need to monopolize the fridge.

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SEEDS – A Play About Monsanto

A very interesting play is debuting in Toronto this month. From February 18 to March 20, 2012 Crow’s Theatre company is presenting  a documentary play about the 4-year legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and the biotech giant Monsanto Inc.. Based on court trial transcripts, Seeds includes interviews with Schmeiser, Monsanto representatives, and with farmers, academics, lawyers and scientists from all across Canada. Continue »

Pumpkin Seed Party!

Many of us will be elbow-deep in pumpkins in the upcoming week, plopping out the inner machinations of our jack-o-lanterns on yesterday’s newspaper, unaware that there is a healthy and delicious treat literally at our fingertips that may be otherwise headed for the green bin. Continue »

Run For Biodiversity


It’s summertime and the marathons and fun runs are out in full force. This is a time to do your part for a good cause while getting fit and having something to brag about at the water cooler on Monday. What better cause than to help Ethiopian farmers start a seed bank? Check it out and we’ll see you at the run.

On October 16, USC (Unitarian Service Committee of Canada) joins millions of people around the world in celebrating World Food Day.

Biodiversity is all about food and farmers. It’s the earth’s life-support system, and nature’s brilliant insurance policy against disaster. If something fails, there’s a back-up plan: Biodiversity!

Much is at stake for us all, and in a real sense, USC is helping farmers plant the Seeds of our very Survival

All donations for this year’s Run for Biodiversity, Toronto will go to support USC’s work in the East African country of Ethiopia.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support the Wollo Community Seed Bank, where Ethiopian farmers are conserving seeds from dozens of food crop varieties to ensure they will always have vibrant seeds for changing local conditions. Continue »