I have a dirty secret.
I love seeds.
A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been here 4 months. I have so far been able to muster up from seed to sprout to food in my mouth:
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Dragon’s Egg Cukes
Salad greens, chard, kale, etc.
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 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:
Mache Corn Salad
European Mesclun Salad
Lettuce Mesclun Gourmet Baby
Lettuce Organic Blend
Lettuce Rocky Top Mix
Wrinkled Crinkled Cress
Siamese Dragon Stir-Fry Mix
Chard, Perpetual Spinach
Kale, Red Winter
Kale, Dwarf Blue Vates
Ianto’s Fava Fresh/Dry
Dragon Tongue, Fresh/Shelly
French Garden, Fresh
Cherokee Trail of Tears, Black/Dry
Mexican Sour Gherkin
Red Marconi Sweet
Golden Marconi Sweet
Black From Tula
Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers
Oregon Sugar 2
Lutz Salad Leaf
Parisienne x 2
Country Gentleman White
Dakota Black Popcorn
Chinese Red Meat
Ping Tung, Purple
Bianca di Maggio White
Long White Bunching
Yellow Golden Crookneck
Honey Boat Delicata
Acorn, Table Queen
Moon & Stars
Basil, Sweet Italian
Nasturtium Empress of India
Nasturtium Yellow Canary Creeper
Roselle, Thai Red
Bali Pink Lotus
So ya. I have maybe 200 sq. ft. of nothing special garden space, 4 months and 1 person…
GO BIG OR DON’T GO!!!
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:
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
So very much to learn. Always growing.
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
Oh thank goodness. ;-)
But planting seeds is the easy part.
We all LOVE this part. This is the moment of hope. The moment of dreams.
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.
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.
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: