It's seed buying day! Which is exciting in that it feels like the official launch of the gardening season and that it's my first time purchasing heirloom seeds.
To date, we have been purchasing seeds from the racks at our local home improvement stores. And they have served us well. Very well, in fact. But one look at this Seed Savers catalog and you'll understand why I've been pining after heirlooms.
(Drool) Now, compound that with my day trip to the funky little town of Petaluma last year. Among pie shops and windows filled with vintage delights, we visited the coolest little seed bank. Actually set in a 1920's bank building, it held rows and rows of seed packets, transplants, and gardening tools.
Much to my own surprise, I didn't buy a single thing. And do you want to know why?
Because nearly every packet I picked up CAME FROM THE MIDWEST. It sparked some serious hometown pride to see proof that our little heartland is home to the best seeds in the country. Seeds so good that the people of this California farm community would want to fly them in. And, oh the stories that accompany these seeds. Take, for example, the Three Heart Lettuce found in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog:
"Donated to SSE in 2005 by Steve and Anna Marie Stoller of North Judson, Indiana. Steve received the seed from Amelia Scharlach Schini who grandmother brought it with her when she emigrated from Alsace-Lorraine in the 1880's. It is still grown by a few elder members of the Apostolic Christian Church."
How sweet is that?! It really adds another layer to the practice of preparing food with love and intention. Not to mention eating natural, non-GMO.
I'm being a good little steward of my resources and using the seeds I already have on hand first. But, as they run out or I make room for more plants, I'll be peppering in the heirlooms.
(Please excuse the heavily bookmarked pages.) We didn't have good luck with the red onion bulbs we planted last year, and I didn't store them properly anyhow, so red and yellow onions were the first thing I scouted out. Followed by all the herbs we are adding this year in a pallet garden, potatoes I plan to do in containers, and red pepper/cherry tomato replacements. I have a certain Mexican friend that is going to be none-too-happy about the name of this variety:
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.