Now Sowing: Tomatoes (Seeds inside: Jan, July / Plants: Mar15-Apr15, Aug)

Tomato seeds in the catalog Common Name: Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) Seed Saving Level: Easy with self-pollinating flowers, but they can cross-pollinate by insects so separate varieties or   a taller blocking crop, or stagger planting. Varieties: Small to medium sized varieties do best  in our desert climate. Try cherry, pear or romas if you’re just getting…
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Now Sowing: Lettuce (Jan~Feb, Sept~Nov)

Lettuce seeds in the catalog Common Name: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) Seed Saving Level: Easy: Perfect, self-pollinating flowers. Little out-crossing with lettuce so isolation is not a big concern. Varieties: Loose-head varieties—butter-head or Boston—will mature in 60-75 days. Loose-leaf varieties, suited for cut-and-come again harvests, mature in 40-60 days. Romaine varieties, with long narrow leaves and…
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New partnership brings natural resource and conservation programs to libraries

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Take note, citizen scientists! A rainwater harvesting presentation at Valencia Library kicks off a new partnership between Pima County Public Library and the Arizona Master Naturalist Association. Led by a team of expert volunteers, these free programs are perfect for anyone wanting to grow their knowledge of the natural world and become…
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Now Sowing: Beans, common (March15-May15, July-August)

Common beans in the catalog Common Name: Beans (iphaseolus vulgaris) Seed Saving Level:  Easy Common beans are grouped by growth habit (bush, runner, pole beans) and the way they’re consumed (dry, snap or shelling beans). Pinto/black beans are dry. Green beans, wax beans and French varieties are snap beans. Planting: Sow after danger of frost…
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Now Sowing: Kale/Collards (Jan~Feb, Sept-Nov)

Kale and Collard seeds in the catalog Common Name:  Kale & Collards (Brassica oleracea) Seed Saving Level:  “Advanced” May cross with other B. Oleracea members, including cabbage, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower, and kohlrabi. Produces seeds during its second growing season. Planting:  Kale and collards are hardy insect-pollinated biennials that can withstand freezing temps. They also…
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