Jun 112012

It’s hard to get gardeners to come to a class on a sunny Saturday afternoon after a rainy week. The Whatcom County Master Gardener’s “Grow Your Own Groceries” team consisting of Laurita Whitford, Alice Wales and Mary Carlson came to Lummi and gave an informative presentation this past Saturday. Unfortunately, only four people showed up to hear it.

Part 2 is scheduled for Saturday June 23 at 10am at the Grange but if we don’t get an adequate number of RSVPs for that session we will cancel it and try to reschedule as a Gardener’s Network program at a later date.

I did learn a lot about plant botany and techniques for hand pollinating, saving and storing seed plus sources for important items like pollination bags. Seed saving is an important “next step” for vegetable gardeners and given the attempts by large corporations to buy out the small seed companies, necessary that we learn how to collect and save seed for our personal and future needs.


  6 Responses to “Seed Saving Part 1”

  1. Glad to hear the Master Gardeners are doing in-depth educating on seed-saving, right down to pollination bags and such. I haven’t broached that level of detail yet…perhaps when I really do ditch the hard core summer gardening I will have more time for the important work of saving seed from the hard-to-save varieties. Good to see you tonight, Randy!

  2. Oh, Randy, how could you? Kiwis are NOT Australian! They are from New Zealand — that’s why they are called Kiwi. There are no kiwis (the bird) in Australia which is a different country from New Zealand thousands of miles away. The flora and fauna of the 2 countries are entirely different (except, of course for imports like the Australian possum which is causing terrible problems in New Zealand by devouring native plants). I hope you will consider renaming your kiwi fruit plants. I could suggest Kiri Te Kanawa — a wonderful opera singer and Ngaio Marsh — a writer of mysteries for your 2 female plants. Ngaio is a Maori name. For your male plant you might consider Edmond Hilary who was a famous mountain climber.

    Good for you for growing a plant that takes so long to mature. For me, at my age (80), it would take more optimism than I can muster to plant something I would have to wait 8 years to really enjoy.

  3. Kiwifruit is actually a Chinese gooseberry,the fruit was renamed for export marketing reasons in the 1950s; briefly to melonette, and then later by New Zealand exporters to kiwifruit. The name “kiwifruit” comes from the kiwi — a brown flightless bird and New Zealand’s national symbol. Kiwi is also a colloquial name for New Zealanders.

    The importer in the US, Ziel & Co in San Francisco suggested the old name of Chinese gooseberry was unsuitable, recommending instead a short, Maori name. Jack Turner initiated the name “kiwifruit” around 1962 as part of Turners & Growers marketing response to this feedback, and the name became a global brand. The trademark was not registered internationally, however. To distinguish ‘Kiwi kiwifruit’, the trademark Zespri was registered in 1997.

    The fruit had a long history before it was commercialized as kiwifruit, and therefore had many other names.

    In Chinese:

    Macaque peach (獼猴桃 Pinyin: míhóu táo): the most common name
    Macaque pear (獼猴梨 míhóu lí)
    Vine pear (藤梨 téng lí)
    Sunny peach (陽桃 yáng táo), a name originally referring to the kiwifruit, but often refers to the starfruit
    Wood berry (木子 mù zi)
    Hairy bush fruit (毛木果 máo mù guǒ)
    Unusual fruit or wonder fruit (奇異果 Pinyin: qíyì guǒ, Jyutping: kei4 ji6 gwo2): the most common name in Taiwan and Hong Kong, a quasi-transliteration of “kiwifruit”, literally “strange fruit”

    I also think Randy picked the wong name…..

  4. I did sort of apologize at the bottom of the post for my lack of knowledge of New Zealand or Australia, for that matter. Doing a bit of kiwi research I was surprised to learn that the kiwi is really the Chinese gooseberry. So I suppose that Chinese names could be appropriate. Olivia and Nicole have now made it to the top of the arbor. They seem to be getting used to their names and I don’t want to confuse them by changing them now. But thanks for the tip on Ngaio Marsh. I’m always looking for new mystery writers in exotic settings and will give her a try. I’m presuming she’s a good one.

  5. Dang, Ed beat me to Wikikpedia.

  6. That should be Wikiwipedia.

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