August 12, 2013
Welcome to my pantry. It’s a little on the Seedy Side.

I have a dirty secret.

I love seeds.

SEED:
A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food.

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Oh no. It is WAY more than that.

The oldest viable carbon 14 dated seed that has grown into a plant was a Judean Date Palm seed about 2,000 years old, recovered from excavations at Herod the Great’s palace on Masada in Israel. It was germinated in 2005.

The largest seed is produced by the coco de mere, or “double coconut palm” Lodoicea maldivica. The entire fruit may weigh up to 50 pounds and usually contains a single seed.

The earliest fossil seeds are around 365 million years old.

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Seeds are the perfect image of hope.

They are the poster child of potential.

The harbinger of the harvest.


I mean a few crappy seeds pretty much sent Jack on an adventure he would not soon forget. And the gold. And the harp. And the GOOSE. With the EGGS.


Just from a few seeds.

Sometimes you plant a seed and turns out it’s a bad seed.

But let’s not confuse that with a Babs Seed.

Babs Seed is nothing but trouble. Cute and sweet at first. Nothing but problems underneath. You do not need these in your life.

But like Babs Seed, you don’t want bad seeds in your life either.

You want to go straight to the GOOD SEEDS.
Then at least, you have a fighting chance at harvesting something worth having and sharing.

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I’ve been here 4 months. I have so far been able to muster up from seed to sprout to food in my mouth:

Beets

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Paste Tomatoes

Dragon’s Egg Cukes

Peas

Tendersweet Melon

Mexican Gherkin

Salad greens, chard, kale, etc.

Okra

Sweet Pepper

Eggplant

Basil

Oregano

Poha (Ground Cherry)

I’m pretty sure the volume of lilikoi falling from the vine out there is 20 times what I’ve made EFFORT to grow, but what are ya gonna do?

Just keep planting.

I admit it. I wallow in the seed catalog all year. I cut the pictures out and make crafts with them. I order seeds. Lots of seeds.

I get the seeds. I plant the seeds. I keep planting seeds. I like odd seeds. Unique seeds. Seeds that feel like velvet.

mgambo Mgambo Seeds. ooh la la

My inventory this year? Oh this is good. Behold my hand picked list of seeds that I ordered the minute I moved back into a house with a yard:

2013
Seed Inventory

Greens/Brassica:
Red Romaine
Strawberry Spinach
Mache Corn Salad
European Mesclun Salad
Spinach, Bloomsdale
Lettuce Mesclun Gourmet Baby
Lettuce Organic Blend
Lettuce Rocky Top Mix
Wrinkled Crinkled Cress
Siamese Dragon Stir-Fry Mix
Arugula
Bok Choy
Chard, Perpetual Spinach
Chard, Rainbow
Orach, Red
Collards, Georgia
Broccoli Raab
Kale, Red Winter
Kale, Dwarf Blue Vates
Kale, Toscano

Beans:
Ianto’s Fava Fresh/Dry
Dragon Tongue, Fresh/Shelly
French Garden, Fresh
Cherokee Trail of Tears, Black/Dry

Cucumber:
Dragon’s Egg
Mexican Sour Gherkin

Peppers:
Red Marconi Sweet
Golden Marconi Sweet
Caribbean Red
Chinese 5-color

Tomatoes:
Black Plum
Black From Tula
Hawaiian Pineapple
Yellow Pear
Green Moldovan

Tomatillo:
Purple

Peas:
Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers
Oregon Sugar 2
Lincoln
Wando

Beets:
Lutz Salad Leaf

Carrots:
Parisienne x 2
Cosmic Purple

Corn:
Country Gentleman White
Dakota Black Popcorn

Radish:
Chinese Red Meat

Okra:
Harlow’s Homestead

Eggplant:
Louisiana, Green
Ping Tung, Purple

Onions:
Red Creole
Bianca di Maggio White
Long White Bunching

Squash Summer:
Yellow Golden Crookneck

Squash Winter:
Honey Boat Delicata
Galeux d’Eysines
Acorn, Table Queen

Fruit:
Ground Cherry
Wonderberry
Jaltomato

Melons:
Moon & Stars
Tendersweet
Charentais

Flower/Herbs:
Stevia
Cilantro
Basil, Sweet Italian
Tarragon, Russian
Borage
Calendula, Radio
Sunflower- Mammoth
Sunflower- Gloriosa
Nasturtium Empress of India
Nasturtium Yellow Canary Creeper
Roselle, Thai Red
Nicotiana Mixed
Cosmos, Picotee
Cotton
Bali Pink Lotus
Mgambo Tree

So ya. I have maybe 200 sq. ft. of nothing special garden space, 4 months and 1 person…

GO BIG OR DON’T GO!!!

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But THIS WEEK at AgExposure. We had a rainy day lecture on seeds.

I hear you are supposed to keep it simple. You know, from folks that know what they are doing:

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MY EXPECTATION: 1 person. 58437854390890543 crops. 37 seconds.

Reality: 20 people. 20 crops. 9 months. 

But yeah. I know, it explains a lot, eh? heh

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So very much to learn. Always growing. 

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But we made potting soil. You can totally make your own potting soil.
SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN THE BAGGED STUFF. Don’t buy the bagged stuff.
Here is a  REALLY GREAT WEBPAGE on building your own soil. CLICKY CLICKY

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Oh thank goodness. ;-)

But planting seeds is the easy part.

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Isn’t it?

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We all LOVE this part. This is the moment of hope. The moment of dreams.

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Dreams of chocolate forests… and… stuff.

Putting a seed into the ground is an investment of the last generation to the promised future of another.

Seeds.
They are information. Waiting for illumination.

And they can change everything you have previously known.

Into something transformed. Into riches you’ve grown.

But I don’t think you can always put a cash value on the future.

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YES. But not always in the way you think it should.

So. Seeds seeds and more seeds. What to do with seeds? If you don’t have a yard, no problem. Plant your seeds anyway. Find a little corner and stick them in. Keep hope. Make the world a beautiful place. Share your hopes and dreams. Put that promise out there.

One more thing:

Make SEED BOMBS and share them freely.

guerilla gardening guides :: make your own seed bombs

Guerri-loha!