Seed Saving Series: Introduction to Plant Pollination
July 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Introduction to Plant Pollination
A two-part class; you may attend either, but best if you can attend both evening and morning session for tips on pollination.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
Friday, July 12, 7-8 AM
The Thursday evening session will look at flowering veggies with various pollination strategies to understand whether, when, and how we might need to intervene to ensure the seed we save is true to type. Then we will discuss and demonstrate the two-step hand-pollination process for squash and other cucurbits, which involves evening preparation in order to transfer pollen the following morning. Attendees will be able to practice identification and taping of blossoms.
On Friday morning we will review the basics of the process for new attendees, and then practice the second step of the pollination process. Participants may attend either or both sessions as their schedules allow.
Please note: This class is the first in a series of four–to attend the whole series register here. The next will be held on August 8; titled “Summer Seed Saving: Plant Selection, Care of Maturing Plants, Harvesting Tomato Seeds,” you can register here.
Kathleen Plunkett-Black of Plum Creek Seeds will teach the series of classes. Kathleen is a lifelong gardener and grows all the vegetables to feed her family year-round. She grows her own seeds for over 200 varieties of vegetables, grains, dry beans, flowers, and herbs. Kathleen has been an active member of the Seed Savers Exchange for over thirty years and has led many workshops on gardening and seed saving. She is passionate about teaching and passing on the skills of subsistence gardening and seed saving.