I just ordered my seeds for this year’s garden from Seed Savers Exchange. I ordered from them for three main reasons:
- They sell only heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds can be saved from the plant, which means they are self-sustaining. You don’t have to buy new seeds every year. Instead, you save the seeds from the best performing plants and best-tasting fruit. This way you can develop seeds that are custom-made to your soil.
- They are non-profit. I love supporting businesses with a mission I can get behind. Theirs is to preserve the diverse, but endangered, heirloom plants of North America’s heritage. They encourage people to share their seeds. They are not about making big bucks. Their prices are good, too.
- The variety. They don’t actually have the hugest variety–not like the big companies–but what they offer looks really good. And they actually have a lot of tomato varieties, which is my favorite to grow. Aside from vegetable seeds they sell herb, flower, garlic and others.
I actually think I heard about Seed Savers from reading Farm City. That’s a great book, by the way. It’s what got me serious about gardening in the first place. Not that I really know what I’m doing, but at least I’m getting my hands in the soil.
I ordered more varieties than I could fit in our gardening spot. Hubby hasn’t given me much to work with. I’ve complained a lot. We have lots of grass because he wants our boy to have space to run around, but there is plenty of grass on the big side of the yard, in my opinion. If anyone has any ideas for space-saving gardening, please send them my way! Also if you know of a decorative way to garden so that I could utilize my front yard without it actually looking like a vegetable garden, please share. I’m desperate for more space.
So what will I be growing (er, attempting to grow)? Four varieties of tomatoes (tried to find early ones since it seems cold weather always hits when my tomatoes are only half-done), one variety of watermelon that’s supposed to be super sweet, a butternut, snap peas (they grow on poles, so they don’t take up too much space, whoo!), kale, brussels sprouts (hubby won’t like that, lol), huckleberry (hubby will like that), cabbage, carrots, radishes, arugula, beets (golden, my favorite!), and I think there may be some other seeds lying around here somewhere…
I truly don’t have space for all these, so I guess we’ll see what happens.