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By Betty Vanderwielen

Kelson Explains Seed Saving 101


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Jenny Rohrer looks on as Robin Kelson and Barb McNally sift seeds. To separate out seeds, Kelson said common kitchen sieves can be used. Sifters can also be made using different grades of hardware wire attached to simple wood frames or even to cheap, yard sale picture frames.

SEELEY LAKE – More than 50 garden enthusiasts gathered in the Seeley Lake Community Hall April 1 to hear Robin Kelson of The Good Seed Company of Whitefish, Mont. speak about selecting, saving and sharing seeds. The presentation was jointly sponsored by Clearwater Resource Council and the Blackfoot Valley and Seeley Swan gardening groups.

Kelson organized her seed selecting presentation around three main questions: 1) Are these seeds true-to-type? 2) Will the plant resulting from this seed self-pollinate or cross-pollinate? 3) What do the answers to those two questions mean about how a g...

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