Early this morning the dining room became seed central. Tomatoes and sweet peppers jostle with seeds, soil, plans and diagrams. Thankfully, my hubby is patient and understanding and doesn't seem to mind not being able to use the dining room table for a month or so. Also, it is a good thing I didn't order any more seeds.... this is what I have going already. There are a few holes in my seeds.... but 10 packages of peas, 9 packages of radishes, 8 packages of carrots, 7 of beets.... I could go on, but you can see someone needs reined in on the seed acquiring situation. I guess I could have worse habits :)
To be clear on my priority list for seeds:
- Must be non-gmo if it is a common gmo type.
- I ask the seed company if they test for gmo's. It is not enough for them to say "we do not knowingly sell gmo seed" The stuff cross pollinates like the poison it is and the seed companies need to be responsible for testing all batches.
- Heirloom, if at all possible, but this is lower priority than non-gmo.
- Organic seed is below this on the priority list. Your soil as the plant is growing and producing is more important than how it starts out.
- Plant more than one variety of each type of food. This makes your garden "well-rounded" and healthier!
- Grains - Corn, soy, canola (rapeseed) and cotton
- Other - Papaya, squash, cantalope, sugar cane, golden rice
Additional note: While I was ordering a couple of packets of missing seeds, I came across this extensive list of where you can purchase heirloom seeds on line. It looks like a great site. I plan to spend some time there. You can find The Heirloom Gardner's Assistant here.
I did find a good site on GMO's. I didn't spend much time on it (cause I was in the garden til it was dark and now I want to go to bed) but here it is: Say No to GMO's
I am sure that my personal opinion for GMO's is somewhere on this blog.
We pruned the raspberries and blueberries, then mulched them. My faithful little helper worked so hard today. I was so proud of him! He is almost 9 now, and a good, hard worker.
All in all, it was a picture perfect day. Tomorrow we should be able to till the spring garden and work on the outside strawberry beds. There are onions, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, carrots and a few other things to get into the ground. This will be a small planting of these... the weather might very well turn cold, but I am willing to take a small risk on it.
Tonight we go to bed a little sore, sunburned (put coconut oil on!) and content with the world. It is a good way to sleep hard.
Best of health to you