Saving Seeds

Whenever I see birds in the winter flocking between trees, eating the berries from pine cones, poplars and elms, I think of seeds, especially saving seeds from my garden for spring planting. Each year my list grows and I am amazed what can be saved and what I failed to save. This year I have wild leeks, dill, radish, spinach, onion, okra, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, hollyhocks, and many more.bean-celebration-flyer


What’s the point you may ask? Simply go to the store in spring! I recent years I’ve noticed that seed stores are vanishing and when I order from seed catalogues the seed count is dismally small.  If I planted everything with tweezers and all seeds survived, I might be ok but …!


Besides, I’m trying to save the biodiversity of food bearing plants and flowers that are adapted to my environment and the microclimate I live in. This allows me to plant early in the spring in my windowsill or greenhouse so I can set out healthy mature seedlings at the first opportunity and if they freeze, I will have extra’s to plant again. It also gives me a lot of pride in that I have a dozen or more varieties of tomatoes, some named for friends or places they came from. I guess it is a type of self-sufficiency or sustainability – or maybe I just like looking at my seeds in the refrigerator during the winter and imaging what the garden will look like in spring.