683: Pollinators & Wildflowers

A Chat with an Expert on  Beneficial Bugs  Bill McDorman  Business and Farming  flowers  food  germination  Grains  grasses  grex  noxious weeds  nutrients  podcast  Podcast - Free  pollinators  Seed conversation  Seeds  stratification  Urban Farm  wildflowers

683: Pollinators & Wildflowers.

A chat with an expert on seeds.


At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013. 

Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes.  Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.

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In This Seed Chat:

This is the May 2022 class discussing planting wildflowers. A diverse and integrated garden requires many different elements. Top on that list are pollinators and wildflowers. If you have a robust flower component to your cultivated gardens, so much of the extra workload is handled by these workhorses as they attract beneficial bugs and increase harvests. Learn how to plant wildflowers and how they impact the beauty and functionality of your garden or farm and create healthy eco-systems that are balanced and regenerative.



– Wildflowers are not quite as easy as just throwing the seed in your yard
– 25 years of experience – in what NOT to do
– Finding the right seeds for your area
– Defining “noxious weed”
– Search “noxious weed list” and your state to find out what not to plant
– Why some seeds need to experience the winter cold before they will germinate
– Stratification: what it is, how it got its name, and how to do it
– Dividing the world into weeds and flowers
– Growing a lawn….by accident!
– Keeping seeds for extended periods of time
– Getting rid of weeds without throwing out their nutrients
– Seed saving and why it is so very important
– Grexing
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