Since I burned most of my writing time with trying to get this whole podcast thing to work right, I’m going to keep today short and talk about a garden related topic.
Now I’m betting you’ve all seen those ‘survival seed banks’ that you can get from various places. They talk about having tens of thousands of seeds and being a garden in a can.
Sounds great, right?
Well, not so fast. There’s two major problems with these things.
First off, the advertising is rather deceptive. Sure, you get 30,000 seeds, which sounds like quite a few. Until you realize that most common vegetables have hundreds of seeds per packet. An average packet of lettuce seeds has anywhere from one to two THOUSAND seeds.
Suddenly, that doesn’t look like quite as many seeds.
Second, these survival seed banks are a one size fits all solution. They will have stuff you like, and stuff you don’t like. They’ll have stuff you can grow, and stuff you can’t grow in your area. And they probably won’t have some of the cooler rare items that make your garden unique.
So what do you do instead? Make your own!
Get catalogs from your favorite nurseries and seed vendors, and choose several variants of plants that you know are a fit for both your location and your family. Make sure you have a couple different kinds, and variants that grow in different seasons.
Then put some aside (don’t vacuum seal them, a baggy is fine as long as it’s dry and dark … seeds are alive and need a bit of oxygen) and plant the rest.
Learn how to save seeds, and every fall make your own seed bank for the next few years.
Before you know it you’ll have seeds coming out your ears!