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Unlocking Seed Secrets: From Politics to the Practical

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WANT TO GROW your best vegetable garden ever? It all starts with a seed—and choosing the right varieties, from sources that match your garden conditions. In a lively and information-filled slideshow, Margaret Roach will demystify the politics and the practical “aha’s” to get you growing with confidence.

Note: This is an online webinar-style event, with a slide talk first and then a listener Q&A, presented on GoToWebinar software*. A week before the event, you'll receive links to get set up to attend; it's easy.

We’ll cover topics like these, and more:

  • Where does the seed in catalogs come from, anyhow?
  • Does buying organic seed matter?
  • Are hybrids OK? Are heirlooms better in some way? (And how do I avoid GMOs, which is all everyone asks these days?)
  • How do I make a calendar for what to sow when?
  • My seedlings were spindly (or germinated fine, but then pooped out). Why?
  • How come my harvest didn’t look like the photo in the catalog?
  • What annual flowers can I rely on, that also help my garden?
  • How can I solve my tomato troubles, or other pest issues?
  • What easy tactics can I use for putting up the harvest for year-round use?

About Margaret Roach

ON THE LAST DAY OF 2007, Margaret Roach walked away from New York City and her job as EVP/Editorial Director of Martha Stewart. She craved completely different rewards: solitude, a return to the personal creativity of writing, and a closer connection to nature and her first passion, the garden she had been making on weekends for 20 years.

She moved to a rural New York State town of 300, began and the award-winning public radio show and podcast that accompanies it. She also wrote two books: her dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” and “The Backyard Parables,” which blends garden memoir and how-to advice.

“Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said of the latter: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!), I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”

Margaret is the former garden editor of Newsday newspaper, and her 30-plus-year career also included an editing stint at The New York Times. Her 2.3 acre garden in Copake Falls has been open multiple times annually to Garden Conservancy Open Days visitors for 20 years.

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