Hello Gardeners, are you happy it's seed planting season again? I know I am!
One of my favorite parts of garden planning is looking through the variety of choices in the seed rack at Everybody’s. When the seeds appear, it’s a sure confirmation that ice and snow are a finite experience, and spring is on the way.
Reading through Barbara Kingsolver’s local food memoir, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” I ran across a quote that perfectly sums up my feelings towards seed shopping, “I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they’re feeling because that’s how I read the seed catalogues in January. In my mind the garden grows and grows as I affix a sticky note to every page where there is something I need. I swoon over names like Moon and Stars Watermelon, Cajun Jewel Okra, Gold of Bacau Pole Bean, Sweet Chocolate Pepper, Collective Farm Woman Melon, Georgian Crystal Garlic, Mother of Thyme.” Barbara’s husband, Steven walks by, “eyes the toupee of yellow sticky notes bristling from the top of the catalog, and helpfully asks, “why don’t you just mark the one you don’t want to order?”
Ah, well, some people just don’t understand that buying seeds is not an ordinary purchase. When you buy seeds, you buy the possibility of beauty, flavor, and nourishment. You are buying many happy hours of future gardening, cooking, and canning. There’s really nothing better.
Did you know there is an added bonus to the already enormous joy of selecting and planting seeds from the Everybody’s rack? For one thing, the entire inventory comes from “Seed Savers Exchange”, an Iowa based heirloom and organic seed company. None of the seeds are genetically modified or treated with chemicals such as fungicides and herbicides. Many are heritage varieties, with roots going back hundreds, and even thousands of years. This means that while you garden, you’re preserving biodiversity and the cultural heritage of generations of gardeners and farmers who have come before us, so that it can be passed on to our children.
The best part of this is that 100% of the profits from the seed rack sales go directly to the Garden of Bliss, the Maharishi School organic garden and greenhouse project. I didn’t know about this until last week, myself. I just assumed maybe 25 or 50 cents from each sale went to the school, but no! It’s an incredibly generous donation that Everybody’s is making, and makes me even more liable to buy a few too many seeds….
Haha, what? Did I say too many seeds? That isn’t possible because, you know how many seeds are enough don’t you? One. More. Packet!