Gardeners Start Your Engines


| 2/27/2014 9:26:00 AM


Erin SheehanWe start our vegetable garden 100 percent from seeds. If you’re in the habit of hitting Home Depot for plants come May or June, I encourage you to give seed starting a try. It’s not that hard and very rewarding!

This year our seeds came from many sources. My mom gave me Scarlet Runner Bean seeds that her father had given to her. He had gotten them from a neighbor of his who brought them to America from Hungary more than 100 years ago. Grandpa and Mom saved some seeds every year from their plantings and have now passed them on to me. Fingers crossed that they come up!

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In November, a friend from Canada kindly sent me a gift of seed packages from a Canadian heirloom seed company. Lots of greens and new, fun things to experiment with. We got another seed delivery from my sister. One of her friends distributes Burpee seeds and had buckets of last year’s seeds available. She scooped up a couple dozen packages for us. Solid, traditional varieties. Finally, the community garden group has thousands upon thousands of seed packages from many companies that they provide for free to gardeners. I got at least 20 packages when I went to sign up for our plot. When the seeds are free, I dream big.

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After keeping our old seeds jumbled up in a bag for several years, I finally devised a system that works. We have no problem using old seeds so I file what we have away in an old shoebox divided up with index cards. It works well when it’s time to order, as we can easily check our inventory.

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