What’s Blooming July 2018
By: Daniel Murphy, Collections Curator | 07/24/2018
Heritage Grain Trial
Idaho Botanical Garden is participating in the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Heritage Grains Trial. Thanks to Anna and the Vegetable Garden crew, we have 10 heritage grain varieties on display now in the Vegetable Garden. Included in this trial are crop varieties not grown in mass quantity like conventional varieties of today. These varieties are part of our agricultural history, and without the help of projects like this, such varieties risk being lost forever.
The aim of this project is to preserve these unique varieties, as well as bring them back into use. The seeds from the crops in our trial will be collected this fall and returned to the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in an effort to increase the amount of seeds available to other growers
Left to right: Hell’s Canyon Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica), Faro Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), and Brown Dura Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
Second row, left to right: Madawaska Buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) and Zwerggerste Barley (Hordeum vulgare)
Snake River Seed Cooperative
Speaking of seed crops, for the second year in a row we are growing seed for Snake River Seed Cooperative, a local seed company dedicated to growing, developing, and distributing regionally-adapted seeds. We will be saving seeds for French Breakfast radishes and Shoshone tomatoes. Growing radish seeds is particularly fun because as the plants send up their flower stalks, their roots grow to an obscene size and can be seen bursting out of the ground. See them now in the Seed Saving Bed.