Last years pumpkins and some kale in our slightly overgrown Wild Sage garden.
It’s a difficult time of year for many, with so little light and so much rain, January can really take it’s toll on the soul.
Tonight we’re combatting the short cold days by sitting next to a cosy fire and dreaming of spring.
A fresh year has started and we are treating ourselves to some brilliant new seeds from The Real Seed Company, if you don’t know them you’d better look them up! They only grow heritage seeds (no hybrids) that have been cultivated for hundreds of years and passed from one grower to another. They also tell you everything you need to know about saving your own seed. In a word, they are awesome!
We’re especially excited to try growing some Velvet Queen red sunflowers.
What will you be growing this year?
Busy winnowing seeds tonight before the #pineywoodspermaculture seed swap in Nacogdoches tomorrow. I've got lemon basil, holy basil and amaranth right here, along with lambsquarter and whatever else I can drum up tonight! Looking forward to seeing our Nacogdoches friends this weekend!
Two books that I cannot wait to be able to use more this year! I've made it a goal to save more of my own seeds and The Seed Garden by the Seed Savers Exchange is a wealth of wonderful information. I also will be making soap for the first time. Jan Berry's book Simple&Natural Soapmaking was highly recommended to me and the recipes appear to be fantastic. This year I chose not to make resolutions, but goals. Goals that will further not only my own knowledge but the knowledge of others as well. Goals that improve quality of life because, as I've come to understand, it is certainly quality and not quantity that counts.
What are your goals this year? #qualitynotquantity#realgoals#natural#soapmaking#seedsaving#buildingalibrary
Every seed is a prayer... these are Artas beans, from @elbeir_arts_and_seeds seed library in Palestine. We were able to save over 100 of these beautiful beans from plants we grew in our backyard in Oakland, saving them for a people of color-run seed library project that’s starting up nearby. More details to come, dreaming of ways to support folks in connecting to homeland through plants. If you’re a Palestinian gardener/farmer in the U.S., PM me and I’ll send you some seeds. If you’re in Palestine, visit @elbeir_arts_and_seeds! #seedsaving#freepalestine 💖
Do you have leftover seeds from last season? Seed saving reduces our planetary impact, increases our self-sufficiency and helps us to steward quality, regional varieties. But it can be hard knowing if your seeds are still viable! Check out our new Weekend Grow-How post on our blog to learn how to test your old seeds at home.
Seed starting has officially begun with lisianthus & sweet peas for the hoop house. It’s our first Spring with protected space to grow and I am experimenting with lots of cool flowers and veggies. I saved seeds from my favorite sweet peas last year - they are self pollinating so are true to the mother plant. And seeds are darn expensive for the fancy varieties-so it is worth the effort. Here’s to more sweet peas this year!!!✨🌱💕
Today there is a thaw in the air and it's got me missing my outdoor summer dye studio, but instead I'm working on indoor winter projects including seed saving and lovely indigo merino dyed wool bundles...with the window slightly ajar 🙌🌞