it's so exciting to grow your food and flowers from seed! it also gives you the opportunity to grow, and therefore eat, what you really, really love!
the biggest realization this year was that:
1- i really love basil. i am growing genovese, lime, cinnamon and thai basils from seed this year, with 20 4" pots of happy genovese.
2- every year i'm annoyed at how long celeriac takes to harvest from seed, and every year i swear it off until i harvest it and get excited for another bout of growing it! this year i doubled what i started last year...
3- having to make decisions between peppers and tomatoes is the worst. i want to grow all the things!
the tomatoes that i have chosen to grow this year are:
speckled roman (for paste/canning)
peacevine cherry (the link takes you to territorial, but the tomatoes i am growing are from my saved seeds)
a juicy red heirloom tomato from my favorite farmer and a mid-sized vine ripe, also from my favorite farmer.
the peppers i have chosen to grow this year are:
jalapeno (from my saved seed)
iko iko pepper (also from my saved seed)
mini red bell and a red bell pepper. both from my saved seeds.
I had a great time last night at the Mountaineering Museum for the opening Colorado Environmental Film Festival night and Golden community night.
I was able to get quite a few people interested in our community garden, as well as finding their local community garden (for those that do not live in Golden) and handing out my cards for the Golden Seed Savers.
Us seed savers and gardeners aren't a very social bunch, but we sure are passionate and we sure do love to share!
if I met you last night, thank you for stopping at the table and showing interest!
Im working on editing the seeds available for the seed swap (making seed envelopes, hand labeling and packaging seeds for single gardener growing) and will have the inventory posted under the golden seed savers tab, soon.
you guys, the behind the scenes stuff with the golden seed savers, the community garden, my own garden. the work!
i've scheduled the spring seed swap in time for indoor seed starting. it's at the library, a great space for a seed swap. this is a lot of designing info and literature, pamphlets, signage and the swap poster (below).
if you are local and have never grown a plant from seed, now is the time.
we are so disconnected with the importance of the soil, of knowing our seeds, of truly knowing our food.
i've also created a helpful little tab on my website for the golden seed savers, with a lot of resources to get you started, as well as some soil info.
in addition to these things, i've started a go fund me for the golden seed savers. i'm now faced with the problem of maintaining proper seed storage for seed viability, as well as labeling, weighing, sorting and storing all the seeds. i'm trying to find a good local location for a seed bank to be, with a sign out system, as i've already catalogued all the seeds I currently have. a feat in itself! until i have some community support, however, i cannot do these things, including funding a proper seed savers website (i already bought the domain).
these winter months are truly meant for garden dreamers. the beautiful seed catalogues, circling and drawing hearts in the margin like a school girl. i want to grow all the things!
the flier that i'll put at the library and through the community garden will not have my website address on it, since i'm quite a private person, with a green St. Pat's theme.
i hope to see you there!