Episode-1429- Steven Scott on Seed Saving — 9 Comments

  1. Great to hear this interview with Steve. I actually lived in Prescott for 20 years, and worked in Chino Valley for about 4 – and never knew about Terroir Seeds until I moved to Virginia in 2008. They are definitely a stand-up company with great selection, and whenever anyone asks me about seeds, I recommend either them or Baker Creek. Awesome show!

  2. Tomato seeds. I’ve been putting entire tomatoes in plastic containers with holes in the bottom and then placing them in my worm bin. When the worms are done you have worm casting with tomato seeds that are ready to grow. It’s been working great. I’ll have to try this with other ‘wet’ seeds and see how it works.

  3. You’ve mentioned over-watering a couple times lately. If you don’t want to completely automate your watering, you can get a simple mechanical timer for about $12 on Amazon. Just set it for however many minutes and walk away. Not sure how long the plastic will last, but it might be worth it even if it only lasts a couple years.

    The Orbit SunMate 62034 Mechanical Watering Timer

    • FYI Nathan, I used those for a couple years and had to buy new ones every year. This year I looked a bit into “real” irrigation, and it is so easy to do DIY!

      I bought a 6-channel controller from Amazon for $50, then plumbed 3/4″ PVC out to my beds and laid down some 6-connector wire along with it, made a very basic manifold with PVC parts (1 input, 6 outputs), hooked up $13 valves, and hooked soaker hoses up to the other side of the valve.

      I am not a plumber or particularly handy, but this was a blast of a project! Playing with PVC is like an erector set, and I had about $125 in total expenses. But now I can water each area of my garden exactly how much it needs.

      I would highly recommend you go this route! If you would like some help walking you through what to do, or what websites helped me please feel free to ask, I would be more than happy to help!

  4. I can personally vouch for the quality of seed from Terroir. I had lettuce from them grow when no other brand of lettuce would grow. Its also highly resistant to pests where I live (phoenix) where “hardware store” seed just got eaten to the roots.