Part of last year’s squash haul
I guess I AM a bit obsessed: on top of all the planting, weeding, and harvesting on the garden task list this week, harvesting the biennials’ seeds is also a top priority. Spinach, beets, and three types of onions are ready to harvest, and then there are all those crazy lettuces that are likewise on the brink. (And winter squash: I saved a few for seed of the ones that made it through the winter…it’s nearly past time to cut them open and haul out their seeds to dry.)
Seed-saving seems to have taken over as the subject of my blog posts, anyway…
Verily, I admit I save more than I use; it’s one of the reasons I have started seed-trading with local gardeners and even some online gardening friends. The local angle is pretty great as seeds from the plants grown in this particular patch of earth will more than likely do well in other Michigan gardens. But somehow the idea of seed-sowing over a wider patch of the world also appeals to me. In point of fact, I believe I will start a limited seed trade with anyone who’s interested. So, over the next…well, month or more, I hope to have a bit of a list on the sidebar of this blog for you to peruse. All seeds will be open-pollinated, organically grown, and under two years old.
If you are interested, simply look at the list and email me and we’ll figure out a suitable arrangement for getting the seeds to you. I might require some seeds from you in return, or maybe your first-born child. You know. Something equitable and fair.