Exploring Tomato Flower Structure

Exploring Tomato Flower Structure

One common belief among gardeners is that tomato varieties with potato-type leaves are much more likely to cross pollinate than regular leaf tomatoes. What is the basis of this wisdom? Is there any truth in it?

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SSE 2016 Yearbook Released

SSE 2016 Yearbook Released

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) has released their 2016 Yearbook, a listing of fruit, vegetable, grain, flower, and herb seeds that SSE members have harvested and would like to share with others.  The 2016 Yearbook has over 16,422 unique varieties of plants listed; many of them are available nowhere else in the United States.

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Plants that draw pollinators to your garden

Plants that draw pollinators to your garden

According to the USDA, animals pollinate about 75% of crop plants grown worldwide for food, fiber, beverages, condiments, spices, and medicines (http://www.plants.usda.gov/pollinators/Native_Pollinators.pdf).  A healthy garden needs the assistance of our insect friends. Here are a few plants, available from Seed Savers Exchange, that will attract these pollinators to the garden.

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Chicken Tractors: Putting Poultry to Work in Your Garden

Chicken Tractors: Putting Poultry to Work in Your Garden

Using the chicken tractors also allows you to put chickens where they do the most good and where they are easiest to take care of in the garden. Chicken tractors are a low-cost way to house, protect, and move chickens where they can be of service to your garden.

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Donations to SSE make a difference every day

Donations to SSE make a  difference every day

Do you ever wonder how your investment is used at Seed Savers Exchange?  How your donation or membership has an impact for the greater good?  Meet Lori.

“I grow heirloom tomatoes, and this year, in honor of my 50th birthday, I grew 50 varieties and I got probably a third of them from a Seed Savers Exchange member who had seeds in the Yearbook.  I talk about this place all the time and have become known in the community as someone who grows heirlooms.”

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How to set up a tomato tasting

How to set up a tomato tasting

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) has been holding tomato tastings for ten years. The events have always been popular and we often have guests attending from across the country. But if you can’t make the trek to Heritage Farm in Northeast Iowa, here's how you can set up a tasting of your own.

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Top 3 Heirloom Tomatoes Chosen at SSE 2015 Tomato Tasting

Top 3 Heirloom Tomatoes Chosen at SSE 2015 Tomato Tasting

The 10th annual Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm near Decorah, IA took place on September 5th, 2015. Hundreds of attendees sampled heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes to find the best flavor and crown a champion.

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