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Have you started any seeds yet?  Spring is just around the corner! 
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Bee a friend!  Plant some Bee's Friend to attract some pollinators to your garden. Bees love these lavender-blue flowers with curved spikes, and you'll love them, too, as an annual cover crop!

http://www.seedsavers.org/Flower-Bees-Friend 
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I grew this last year. The bees go nuts over it!
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Board Member and edible landscape expert Rosalind Creasy has great ideas for how to conserve water in your vegetable garden.

Check it out on the blog!
When we look to the American West the scarcity of water is plainly visible. But what can we do? How can we all use our water more responsibly now to ensure a more secure future? Shrink or eliminate our lawns? Sure. Use drip irrigation? Yes. Recycle water? Of course. Plant more vegetables and fruits? Believe it or not, yes.
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Salsify, yardlong bean, cardoon, rat-tail radish, and more...
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I like all those! 
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Many people use a coffee grinder during their morning routines. But how many of you grind your own grain before breakfast?
Whether you take your grits sweet, with honey and milk, or savory with cheese and roasted alliums, the simplicity of this comforting dish will have you reaching for your grain mill in addition to your coffee grinder in the mornings. 
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We're looking forward to year 2 of offering the SSE Garden Planner. Draw your beds, buildings, greenhouses...then choose your seeds, plants and trees. Reminders sent to help you keep on schedule.

Learn more at http://gardenplanner.seedsavers.org/
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Hey I use a Orbit watering timer model 58872N it has 4 valve's it's easy and simple.
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A squash that seems to have appeared out of thin air...

Check the blog for a mystery only our Evaluation Team can solve!

Here's the first in their new variety-of-the-month series, Step up to the Plate: 
Philip Kauth, assistant curator, and Steffen Mirsky, horticultural technician, make up the Seed Savers Exchange Evaluation Team.  The Eval Team is the division of the Preservation Department that keeps detailed records of more characteristics than most people know an individual variety can have. Their work helps us differentiate between the varieties in our collection and describe them clearly in the Yearbook. This is the first in the...
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SSE orchard manager Dan Bussey talks apples with Margaret Roach on A Way to Garden. Listen, read, and maybe pick out a variety for custom grafting!
DAN BUSSEY has been called “the James Audubon of apples” for his decades-long dedication to seek out and identify more, [read more…]
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"I like to plant things I haven't grown before. People think they know a lot about heirlooms? They haven't scratched the surface. We have more than 20,000 varieties at Seed Savers Exchange."
Landscape designer and garden writer Rosalind Creasy was an authority on edible gardening long before it became fashionable to rip out your lawn and grow food. The author of the pioneering "Edible Landscaping" will discuss growing, harvesting and preparing food from the garden on Feb. 12 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden . Creasy said the lecture was prompted by questions from young gardeners and cooks. "Young people are int...
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Think outside the seed packet.
I have an opportunity to develop a municipal-level seed library as a regional destination, and I'm writing about it all through SSE to inspire you to do your best in your community. There's opportunity out there, and my advice to you is stay open to all the possibilities. 
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Do you like apples? Do you grow apples? This is our first year of offering heritage apple trees for sale. Some for this spring, others for next. With nearly 75% of known apples trees gone from U.S. orchards, help us preserve these wonderful varieties.

http://www.seedsavers.org/Heirloom-Heritage-Apple-Trees/
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+Solomon Fahey Absolutely. Here in California there are varieties you just can't grow successfully on the valley floor that can be grown above 1500 ft. Apparently there aren't enough chilling hours. 

Fujis grow well at low altitude and many of the heritage varieties like it colder. 
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"This sweet sorghum has been regularly offered in the Exchange by several SSE members since 1986. It was introduced into the Exchange by member Michael Adamson, whose family in northern Alabama has grown this variety since about the 1920s. The family uses the cane syrup to make molasses and the grain to make pancake flour."

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Non-profit dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds
Introduction
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. 

Our Work

Seed Savers Exchange offers an alternative model to big agriculture through our work, encouraging participatory preservation among our members, and by signing the safe seed pledge.

Seed Savers Exchange knows that the future of our planet depends on a genetically diverse food supply and carries out our important work by:

  • Maintaining thousands of varieties of different plant types-from amaranth to watermelon-in one of the largest seed banks of its kind in North America.

  • Regenerating seed in isolation gardens and storing them in ideal conditions.

  • Documenting valuable cultural information on varieties and their histories.

  • Distributing heirloom varieties to members and the public through the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook and the Seed Savers Exchange Catalog.

  • Storing varieties in back-up locations at the USDA Seed Bank in Fort Collins, CO and at Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. These off-site deposits remain the property of SSE.

    Our mission is supported by donations, memberships, sales, sponsorships and grants.