After getting these pictures I went throught the seed pile and pulled all the stuff I need to start now. For the first time – I used my own saved tomato seeds. To celebrate, the first one planted was – you guessed it – Sasha’s Altai – a truly great tomato.
I also planted onions, leeks, chives, parsley’s, kan tsai, celery’s, celeriac, pansies, violas, snaps, bok choy’s, chinese cabbages, broccoli’s, and cauliflowers. I grouped the quickies to one end and the slowies to another. I will be plucking tomatoes and bok choys out first – the other stuff will wait in the flat.
I’m going to slap it in the greenhouse for conditioning and cool germination. If these Sasha’s are born in a cool greenhouse – they will adapt while they are in there – right from the beginning. I also started a few Moscow, Galina’s, and New Big Dwarf – just for starters. I was good – only a few of each. Any I start now have to continue their momentum until they can go in the greenhouse or the garden. That means potting them up repeatedly and baby-sitting them all winter long.
Mostly I start tomatoes in February – the 14th – Tomato Day. We plant Love Apples. But onions, pansies, celery – they take a long time – all in one flat.
I had fun photographing a group of home-made seed packets – all different kinds. I started using legal sized junk mail envelopes to hold seed. Soon I will download a pattern for making them with paper. Hopefully I can get some used paper for the job.
Recently I scored big on some seeds. A friend of mine nonchalantly gave me a tin full of “seeds from the 80′s” – he didn’t want them anymore. As if!!! I was so excited to get home with that tin. I ripped through it to find cool stuff – some things I hadn’t seen, mostly stuff I had, but the best find was in the bottom. An old, dirty envelope filled with Asparagus seed! Who knows where it might have come from – perhaps the mountains? I can’t wait to find out.
Seed is gold – I keep saying it but it sure was fun to get so excited over some old turnip seeds. Now I see all the potential seed has to make new seed. Whenever I find something I don’t see on the market – I’m really excited to find it now. Because I feel the power of the seed – and know once I have it – I will always have it. That is one of the best gifts I learned from Bill at Seed School.
So here is a pic of some seed packets – ThunderfooT’s are the manilla envelope ones – cool huh? I even included the corn on the cob – talk about easy cheesy – and prolific! I especially love knowing I will always have corn seed.
Notice the cool new threshing screens Cord made me in the above pic? Can’t wait to give them a try – I just got them for Christmas and it is time for seed cleaning soon.
I made it through the cold today by fondling seeds – one of my very favorite things.