WALDOBORO — Saving seeds from favorite plants and swapping them with friends is one of the best ways to share one's love of gardening. Why save seeds? It can be economical, since a single flower can generate dozens or even hundreds of seeds. And it lets one keep favorite flowers or crops growing next year, according to Knox & Lincoln Counties Extension, in a news release.
The Fifth Annual Seed Swap and Saving Seeds Workshop is planned for National Seed Swap Day, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Knox & Lincoln Counties Extension, 377 Manktown Road in Waldoboro. If a snow date is needed, it is planned for the following Saturday, February 1. The program is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Master Gardener Jean Vose begins the workshop with a short slide show covering the history and reasons for saving seeds. Envelopes will be provided with informational labels. Help will also be available at the seed table.
Now is the time to harvest those open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, according to the Extension. All heirloom plants are open-pollinated plants. As one closes up the garden for the year, many of the plants have seed pods just waiting for harvest. For simple guidelines, check out the Farmer's Almanac at www.almanac.com/content/start-saving-those-vegetable-seeds.
Guidelines for swapping seeds: Do not bring seed collected from hybrid plants, as they won't grow true to type; no GMO seed. Do bring any special growing instructions; ex. full sun, moist soil, shade; bring perennial, annual or biannual seeds. Bring flower, herb or vegetable seeds.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. Favorite snack donations are welcomed.
For directions to the Extension office, visit the website https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/directions, and park in the rear of the building.
For more information or questions about this event, call Jean Vose at 563-7564 or contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.