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Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving & Pollination (as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Series)
May 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm$100
Plant reproduction is essential to our food production systems. Plants produce tasty apples or tomatoes to reproduce themselves, not so much as for us to eat. Delve into the world of pollination and understand why some plants need cross pollinators and others are self-fertile. Understand vegetative methods of plant propagation, including different types of cuttings. Learn how to graft fruit trees and how to choose the right rootstock. Explore seed saving, and the difference between hybrid, heirloom and GMO seed.
This workshop in the Science of Edible Gardening Series, specifically looks at plant reproduction and how it can influence plant propagation methods. You will come away with the skills and confidence to propagate many different types of plants, as well as save seed for future crops.
The class involves a combination of theory in a classroom setting, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities including:
• Collecting seed for saving activity
• Demonstration of different pollination techniques (particularly for seed saving)
• Fruit tree grafting
• Striking cuttings and other plant propagation methods
By the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of pollination of flowers and plant reproduction. You will have the confidence to propagate plants using a range of methods.
What to Bring:
• Enthusiasm for learning
• Your lunch
• Water bottle
• Notebook and pen
• Closed toed, practical shoes
• Appropriate Clothing as Kyneton can be cold and wet in autumn.
Participants will be able to take home some samples of saved seed and plant cuttings to strike.
The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series
These events are being run as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series from Leaf, Root & Fruit. The series has been designed to give you an overview of how plants grow and interact with the environment. This understanding makes decision making, planning and garden maintenance straightforward. Observation and understanding of natural ecosystems and phenomena can help you to be a more successful and fulfilled gardener.
Each workshop is based around a theme that will integrate into the entire series. There will be minimal repetition of content across each event, although certain important ideas will be revisited from time to time. We anticipate most attendees will complete the complete series. However, you can book in for each workshop individually to pick and choose the ones relevant to you.
The 8 workshop topics are:
• Nutrients and Fertilizers: Growing Nutrient Dense Food (Held each March)
• Population Ecology: Pests and How to Control Them (Held each April)
• Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving and Pollination (Held each May)
• Plant Physiology: Pruning and Plant Manipulation (Held each June)
• Seasonality and Timing: Environmental Gardening Influences (Held each July)
• Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles: The Science of Compost (Held each August)
• Ecological Succession and Soil: Working with Nature (Held each September)
• Photosynthesis: Just add Water, Air and Sunlight (Held each November)
See our dedicated web page for more information on The Science of Edible Gardening workshop series:
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