Sept. 6 column

Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Saving seeds an easy way to save money. This one is about a topic I'm very excited about: saving seeds. It's a valuable skills all gardeners should have although I'm embarrassed to say it's not something I've had much experience in.

Fortunately, I've gone to a class on seed-saving plus have done some research so I'm ready to dive in! So far, I've saved seeds from an heirloom tomato variety I've grown this summer, 'Amish Paste - Kapuler'.

The important thing to remember is that you need to save seeds from open-pollinated plants. If you save seeds from hybrids, you won't know what you're going to get because the plants won't reflect the parents you saved the seeds from. I explain this in my column, so be sure to read it.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about saving seeds, I'm happy to report there are be two free classes coming up at the Otis Orchards Library. What a great opportunity! Here are the details:

Steven Nokes will give two presentations on saving seeds: 6:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 9, and 10:30 a.m. Sat. Sept. 12. Both programs will be at the Otis Orchards library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. More info: (509) 893-8390.