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!