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Seed Saving Starts Now there.


Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, September 10, 2001

If it makes a seed, you can save it. Whether it comes true, or the next generation of plants is identical to the parent depends on whether the plant is open pollinated or a hybrid.

Open pollinated plants are also known as heirlooms or old fashioned varieties. These plants will come 'true-to-type' so the seeds may be easily saved year after year. Many of these seeds have been lovingly saved for generations and 'came from the old country.'

Hybrids are a result of genetic crossing. This occurs when two plants of the same genus and species but different variety cross to form new varieties. Most seeds purchased today from commercial seed houses are hybrids. Hybridizing is very successful in creating new varieties that are hardier, more uniform or more disease resistant, however, growers must return to the seed company every year for seed.

Saving seed from hybrids is usually not a worthy effort as seed are usually sterile or will revert to one of the parent varieties of the preceding generations.

Saving Tomato Seed

One of the easiest seeds to start with are tomatoes. They can usually grow next to other varieties of tomatoes and not cross-pollinate.

Start with a tomato that you know is open pollinated or an heirloom, one you grew yourself (or the person who gave you the fruit, plants or seeds saved the seed themselves). Always choose the best fruit from the healthiest plant. Tomatoes should be harvested at their peak. Pick more than one tomato from each plant and pick from more than one plant if possible.

Wash tomatoes and slice across the middle, rather than through the stem end. This exposes the seed cavities. Gently squeeze the seeds and juice into a bowl or bucket. You will notice that each tomato seed is encased in a gel sack. This gel contains chemicals that inhibit seed germination and prevent the seed from sprouting inside the fruit. The seeds must be fermented in order to free the seed from the gel sack. In nature this is what happens when fruit rots and leaves the seeds exposed to the soil.

The next part is not for the faint of heart. Leave the container of seeds, juice and gel open in a warm well-ventilated place (outside) away from pets, children or guests. Allow it to set for three days or until a layer of grey or white mold develops and covers the surface of the bowl. This will smell pretty bad.

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The Day of the Cricket

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It is an ill wind that blows no one any good. This summers heat and lack of rain will result in a crop disaster for some farmers. To those of us who dont like to mow lawns, the same weather gives us a vacation from th ..... 
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A Journey West

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The northwest wind, gusting to 30 miles an hour, brought tears to my eyes as I concentrated on the road ahead. Huge cumulus clouds drifted across the blue skyline, playing tag with the sun. We drove ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, September 3, 2001

After reading the Fillmore County Journal and River Valley Reader concerning our public libraries I was compelled to write this letter. The comment made by Paula Michels (Fillmore County Commi ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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