Sowing seeds with hope
The rush and excitement of preparing for spring always begins when we lovingly push the miniscule seeds of our heirloom collection into the fresh soil of the peat pellets. There is a tiny voice in the back of my mind that always wonders, “Will these little specks ever blossom into the towering tomato plants that I envision?” And once I see the soil break and that little tint of green starting to poke through and reach toward the light, I am captivated. “It does work!” I revel. No matter how many times I’ve witnessed this miracle, it never ceases to amaze me.
Timing is everything!
Seed germination is such an important part of planning a farm garden. And much attention needs to be spent on the different life cycles of each crop – timing is everything! In the dead cold of winter, it is time to start pressing those tiny, little tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds into the warm soil of their first home. But don’t start those pole beans or lettuce seeds too early or you will suffer watching those ill-fated crops blossom and die before the weather is right to transplant them into the garden.
Not all seeds are created equal
Part of our paradigm for striving to become urban farmers is not only to grow our own food, but also growing healthy and natural food as opposed to genetically modified organisms. It is common knowledge that we live in a time where GMOs rule the agricultural playing field, and you have to search a little harder (and pay a little more) to get the natural seeds that have belonged to all humans throughout history. Heirloom seeds have a long history of being cultivated, saved and passed down through generations. Heirloom crops are open-pollinated which promotes genetic diversity and disease resistance and also makes them indisputably more delicious! We are heir to the seeds sown before our time, and it is our responsibility to protect this legacy by choosing our crops and seeds mindfully. We at Greenhorn Gardens plan to do just that!