I feel that everyone should look into GMO foods and the effects on people animals, crops and the environment . They have such a destructive effect on other crops, people and animals. I have been anti GO for years and feel that they should be labeled as such and marked with a skull and cross bones
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Fitness Minutes: (61,881) Posts: 13,663 10/14/13 9:59 A
The weather is staying put...grey, cold and blustery...I am not feeling so good today! My fall plans continue: I took tomato cuttings and hydrangea cuttings and hope to create new plants, shopping for the holidays...gifts and meals, cleaning up the gardens & yard for winter, the umbrellas & chairs are now in the garage.
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Fitness Minutes: (13,898) Posts: 696 10/9/13 8:44 A
In the link below, you begin to understand how this ties in with the GMO controversy. Companies that developed GMOs give farmers seeds that require them to buy their seeds for the next year. The following link also explains possible results to consumers trying to save hybrid seed. Please note that GMO is not the same thing as hybrid. GMOs were produced with more technical, more involved methods than hybrids.
Remember that if you grow 2 varieties of the same vegetable that they can cross pollenate if grown too close together so if you save those seeds they may not come back true. But you might get something interesting.
Fitness Minutes: (13,898) Posts: 696 10/8/13 4:44 P
I just started saving the seeds from my heirloom Speckled Roman tomato today. I squeezed the seeds from one of them into a cup of water. After a few days, when slime forms on the top, I will take the seeds to rinse them, and dry on a paper plate. I did this last year and my seeds had a high sprout rate this spring when I placed them in starter pots. Here are some sites I used. They all say the same thing. The last one is more instructive.
If you clean them well and let them dry completely before you store them, they should be fine apparently. I store (commercial) seeds from year-to-year sealed in a glass container in the fridge and they generally last 2-3 years.
I wonder how hard it would be to properly clean/dry tomato seeds. I'm not going to try it this year as I didn't have any extraordinary tomatoes that I would want to save, but maybe next year!
We can reuse seeds for years and years. When they stop producing good yield, we'll get some seeds from somebody else (or I think that I actually ordered some kohlrabi seeds after ours played out -- we've always raised them but they're not common here -- from a heirloom place that I googled, they send out a newsprint catalogue).
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Fitness Minutes: (74,443) Posts: 3,293 10/8/13 2:03 P
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