New On Our Blog

  • How to Save Your Tomato Seeds

    By Laura Neff, NS/S Education Assistant. Tomatoes are not only one of the most popular garden veggies to grow, but the experience of saving their seeds is a unique one that won’t soon to be forgotten. The whole production is a tactile and olfactory wonder. These tasty nightshades are “double di... View Post
  • Adopt-A-Crop 2018: News from the Field

    With summer obviously in full swing in Tucson, this seems like a perfect time for an update on our Adopt-a-Crop tepary beans! These low-desert survivors thrive in the monsoon season and show that the monsoons are a season of abundance, which can reward working hot, muggy mornings with cooling greenery and nutritious, fresh foods. View Post
  • Steps to a Water-Wise Garden

    In the desert Southwest, much of our attention is focused on water. When we tell people from outside the region that our annual rainfall ranges between 6-10 inches we are met with looks of disbelief. Annual rainfall in my hometown in Nebraska is three times that amount, not to mention the moisture from snow. As aridlands gardeners and farmers it is our responsibility to use our limited water wisely – both for the health and wellness of the crops but also for environmental conservation. Not to mention the benefits to your monthly water bill. Following a few simple tips will use water wisely in your garden. View Post
  • Pollinator Week

    THE BEES OF SUMMER: WHO TO LOOK FOR IN DESERT GARDENS AND WILD SPACES By Bill McGuire, Board Member.  It's National Pollinator Week, everyone! So, it's time to call out our native bee species. While the Sonoran Desert summer is a challenging time, desert native bees and introduced Western honey b... View Post
  • Types of Corn

    Many people know that maize, known more commonly as corn, is one of the most culturally important crops in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico, but the true diversity of corn as well as its many culinary uses are unknown to many. At Native Seeds/SEARCH we steward 1,900 different accessions of seed, which includes over 500 different accessions of corn, making Zea mays the most represented species in our seed bank collection. Different types of corn - such as sweet, dent, and flour - are defined by their internal kernel structure and the proportions of soft and hard endosperm, or starch, present. These proportions of starches allow different types of corn to have different culinary properties. In this blog, our goal is for you to learn about the structural differences of the kernel in each type of corn as well as the food that each type has inspired. View Post
  • Pima 60-Day Corn

    It may not be as colorful and photogenic as some, but this corn is truly a star. Among the most unique and important low desert crops in the NS/S collection are accessions of 60-day corn varieties from the Tohono O'odham and Akimel O'odham people. These fast growing, short-stature corn varieties go from planted seed to harvestable green corn in about 60 days when planted in the heat and humidity of the southwestern monsoon season. View Post
  • Fun and Inspiring Introduction to Seed Saving Workshop!

    By Carly Herndon, Program and Outreach Coordinator. Published May 18, 2017. The Introduction to Seed Saving workshop held in early May was an exciting educational opportunity for all participants of different backgrounds. The workshop provided valuable lessons for educators, community garden p... View Post
  • Tohono O'odham Cowpeas: Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking

    As spring turns into summer, gardeners are asking what crops can be planted that will actually survive the impending burning inferno that is Southern Arizona’s summer. At Native Seeds/SEARCH we encourage gardeners not to be afraid of the summer heat but to embrace the arid-adapted varieties of the Native Seeds/SEARCH collection. These varieties are arid-adapted, full-sun loving powerhouses. One of our favorite heat-loving varieties is Tohono O’odham cowpeas View Post