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Squash Pollination

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator. Originally published July 25, 2014. Updated May 16, 2017.

One of the most common gardening problems from those growing squash, cucumbers, or watermelons is the abundance of baby fruits, but none that grow to full size. The baby fruits shrivel and wither away. The most common reason for this is that the fruits were not pollinated and therefore not fertilized to develop into a mature fruit. In this blog post we share information about how cucurbits are pollinated and provide instructions for hand pollinating squash that can be applied to other species in this plant family.

Adopt-A-Crop 2017

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Sheryl Joy. Published May 11, 2017

Each year Native Seeds/SEARCH grows numerous accessions from our Seed Bank Collection at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona to obtain fresh seed. The number of accessions can vary from just a few dozen to over 300 depending upon the number of seeds to be planted, the pollination needs, the staff available, and needs of the Conservation program.  This year we are growing over 50 accessions. We have selected 5 of these accessions to highlight during our Adopt-A-Crop campaign. The campaign allows NS/S supporters to join us in the shared stewardship of these seeds. All supporters will receive a report of the grow-out at the end of the harvest and seed processing cycle.

Ground Squirrels! Conservation Center Garden Update

Article by Michelle Langmaid, Americorps VISTA Garden and Volunteer Coordinator, published April 24, 2017.

Must be they’re hungry…

We were all excited that the Mayo Garbanzo Beans had popped up and were leafing out beautifully. They were bright green, hydrated, and seemed generally healthy. Then suddenly, like we see in the movies, they were not fine. Some selective herbivore began to eat the foliage off of these precious seedlings. Not only does this creature go after the garbanzos planted outside of our high security enclosure, it is also able to penetrate inside of it! It’s worth noting that the chicken wire is buried 2’ underground, and reinforced at the base with ½” hardware cloth. There are no visible holes in the ground, but it’s still possible that a ground squirrel could be getting in somewhere..

Tips for Container Gardening

Article by Laura Neff, NS/S Retail Associate, published April 17, 2017.

When most people think of gardening, they think of large in ground plots or raised beds. From my experience, this picture tends to intimidate many people. Particularly those who are on a limited income, have limited space and time, live in a space where HOAs or landlords do not allow any renovations or changes, or are new to gardening and not quite ready to take the plunge into a large garden space. One of the most common reactions to gardening I receive when people come into the Native Seeds/SEARCH retail store is that they would love to do more if they were able to, but one of these reasons mentioned above keeps them from doing so. I tell these folks and whoever reading this blog post that every garden (large, small, container, or in ground) makes a difference when it comes to the larger goal of food sovereignty and promoting local food.

Beauty Queen Squash

Published  by Sheryl Joy, Collections Manager on April 11, 2017.

We had a terrific growout of squash at the Conservation Farm last summer. Six different squash varieties were grown and had good harvests, but we wound up with a stunner of a harvest on one in particular!

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