Seed Saver Training: Episode 2

Water Conservation

As a part of the Southern Ontario Seed Strategy (SOSS), this 6-part video series features seed experts and knowledge keepers as they share some of their best practices for seed saving. 

If you are new to native seed saving, these videos will provide an opportunity for you to hear from experts and become inspired to start connecting with native seed. If you are already familiar with native seed saving, these videos may show you more specific tips and tricks to help your current seed practices thrive. 


Episode 2: Water Conservation 

In episode 2, you can learn from Ojibway Knowledge Keeper, Caleb Musgrave, as he discusses the importance of wetland ecosystems and shares some best practices for backyard water conservation including the use of mulch, cover crops, and rain barrels. 

  • 0:17 – The importance of wetlands in our water systems 
  • 2:12 – Wetland biodiversity 
  • 3:02 – Methods of water conservation in your garden 
  • 3:11 – Mulching for water conservation 
  • 4:26 – Different types of mulch 
  • 6:08 – Protecting your water ways 
  • 6:45 – Using cover crops in your garden 
  • 7:15 – How to use weeds as cover crops 
  • 7:57 – Solarization to remove weeds 
  • 8:33 – Collecting rainwater with rain barrels 


What is seed saving? 

Seed saving refers to activities that help scale up the protection and expansion of native seed sources. Many experts and professionals practice seed saving activities, such as tending to seed orchards or collecting native seeds. Seed saving is important because one native plant has the potential to produce hundreds or even thousands of seeds, carrying valuable genes into the future, but millions of plants are needed to support a healthy, resilient landscape. 

Working in partnership with native plants, each of us can help safeguard the seeds that are key to a healthy landscape now and for future generations. 


Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the following episodes: 

  • Seed Saver Training Episode 3: Soil Building 
  • Seed Saver Training Episode 4: Grassland Seed Collection at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna 
  • Seed Saver Training Episode 5: Tree and Shrub Seed Collection 
  • Seed Saver Training Episode 6: Restoring Relationships to the Land 

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