I have been saving seeds for over 35 years. I always looked forward to seeing the descendants of my plants growing. The long line of repeated generations became like old friends. Recently I found out that there is a whole cult of seed saving going on out there.
What a great discovery! Besides planting my own saved seeds this year, I will plant seeds from other seed saving gardeners.
Just look at the crowd of gardeners looking for something special at Seedy Saturday in Qualicum on Vancouver Island.
Seed companies offer their time-proven seeds each at their tables set up in the big hall, but off in a smaller room are the seeds that other seed savers (local gardeners) have packaged up for sale. At 50 cents a package, it is a bargain.
On my wish list, were two plants that I wanted to find seeds for, but I really didn’t get my hopes up too high. I knew the chances were slim. I was looking for seeds of poblano peppers. These dark green medium hot peppers are popular in Mexico but outrageously expensive to buy here.
I was also looking for seeds of a dark-skinned (black) tomato like the ones I had eaten for the first time last summer after a friend gave me some as a gift.
I was thrilled to see that the first two packages of seeds I came across were poblano peppers and black-skinned tomatoes. What are the chances?!
Then a local gardener gave a talk, and although I had been gardening for many years, I was happy to learn several new gardening tips.
I also learned of a new (to me) type of potato (Sieglinde) that I will try this year, along with my tried and true Norgolds, Kennebecs, and red Pontiacs.
Here is my happy stash of purchases all for a grand total of $10. I’m a cheap date!
Now where is that warm weather?