My love of seeds!

Many seeds indead!

Many seeds indeed!

Some women love shoes, I must confess, I love seeds! No, really! I love seeds and plants. I truly think about them often. I am thrilled by the heirloom variety. To think how many people grew, loved, saved and ate these very same plants before me. It honestly amazes me!

I actually have bean seeds that were brought to Thomas Jefferson at Montecello Va. from the Lewis and Clark expedition during their “Voyage of Discovery”. The seeds were named for the Dakota Arikara tribe encountered by Lewis and Clark. The beans were among significant horticultural “discoveries”. These very same beans I grew, and will continue to grow in my garden, helped sustain the members of the expedition in the bitter winter of 1805. Temperatures averaged 4 degrees! A far cry from the temperatures of this winter.

And that is only one variety  of heirloom seed I own, will continue to save, and treasure. One of the advantages of heirloom seeds is that the seed you save from the “parent” plant will produce a “daughter” plant nearly identical to the “parent” plant. So what this means is, like the seeds for the Lewis and Clark expedition, if saved correctly, you can continue to preserve the amazing plant for many, many years to come.  Now in my opinion this is thrilling!

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2 thoughts on “My love of seeds!

  1. I love the idea of this, Michele. I have not saved seeds yet. If you have any tips on how and when is the right time to save the seeds, and how to care for the saved seeds, please post them. I always wonder if you can just save those tomatoe seeds when you cut one open (hundreds from each tomato), or how it works for beans…do you dry them or let them dry on the vine? Any tips are greatly appreciated!

  2. Saving seeds can be as easy as cutting open a tomato and placing the seeds on a paper towel to dry. Now this method is the lazy way, but at times that’s all I can get too. And it is better to save seeds from you favorite tomato than not to have saved at all.
    Certain plants such as beans, peas, cucumbers, and squash need to be fully mature. What this means is overly ripe for eating. Think of the size of a cucumber seed when slicing it and imagine it 2x larger. That is the size you want.
    Hope this helped some.

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