Sowing the seeds
An end to need
And the politics of greed
-- Tears for Fears
The book launch was pretty great. I met a guy named Paul who's really into growing sprouts, of course enjoyed some great grub, and as if there weren't already enough freebies up for grabs, I even won the first door prize of the night.
My door prize came in a nice little tote bag and included:
- A free copy of Gayla's book (now with autograph!)
- A garden tool called a Cobrahead. According to the label it "weeds, cultivates, scalps, edges, digs, furrows, transplants, de-thatches and harvests with ease." Holy crap. That's pretty thorough. I don't understand why I would want to scalp people with a garden tool, but I guess it's good to know that I have the option.
- A pair of "Womanswork"gloves. I'm dubious about the name, but they are pretty snazzy and will last me a lot longer than the dollar store gardening gloves I've been making do with.
- A bunch of buttons & magnets
- A bundle of veggie seed packets
I came home with some other stuff too:
More freebies (seeds, a pin, a postcard, a snack), some 'Spacemaster' cucumber seeds I started at a planting table, and I bought a brand new tshirt that hasn't hit Gayla's store yet - it says "Microfarmer" and is totally sexy, says I.
As I was chatting to Paul I said something that I knew was true but had never articulated in this way before:
Thinking that you can't grow food because you don't own a farm is like thinking that you can't sew because you don't own a textile factory.
So here I go again. The weekend before last was Seedy Saturday, only this year it was held on a Sunday. This is an annual eco-fair and basically the big gardening kick off where rabid gardeners gather to buy and trade seeds, sign eco-related petitions, eat organic goodies and visit the tables of local community groups. This year I was better prepared and actually went with a shopping list. A pretty long one...but I managed to stick to it for the most part.
[ Disclaimer: This post contains a lot of potentially boring lists that are mainly for my benefit so I can look back and see what I did and when. Don't worry - I don't really expect non-gardeners to be interested in this stuff. :) Scroll on! ]
My Seedy haul:
- October Pole Bean
- Black Jet Soybean - Yay! I love edamame and have wanted to try soybeans for a while, even though they're supposed to be a bit more challenging than regular beans.
- Purple Beauty (Sweet) Pepper
- Purple Dragon Carrot - Apparently they're purple on the outside, orange on the inside.
- Fish (Hot) Pepper - I was told these change all kinds of crazy colours and are in the medium-spicy range. I can also use these in my homemade anti-aphid spray.
- Ambition French Shallot - Loved the name. I feel like my gardening plans this year are a little ambitious for a relative newbie like me.
- Quebec 5 Tomato - Another name-related buy. I was torn between this and a "Tiger" variety that is supposed to come out all stripy, but I wanted to stick to one and the seller said enthusiastically that this was the better fruit. Can't argue with that...
- Garden Sage
- Greek Basil - Since enjoying my neighbor's homegrown basil last year I've wanted to grow my own. This is a compact variety that is supposed to do well in containers.
- Red Baron Onion - "Think I got the message figured..."
- Heavenly Blue Morning Glory - A coworker asked me to look for these and reminded me that I've wanted to grow Morning Glory since I saw them in a community garden I pass on the way to work. Had no idea the seeds can induce psychedelic trips (and I'm guessing my coworker doesn't either, though I guess you never know!)
Yesterday I actually got down to planting. Mostly flowers and herbs since it's still a little early for most veggies. Instead of buying seed starting mix I opted to just use coir.
The new nursery: radiator + a daylight lamp
I already have baby cucumbers! These are the 'Spacemaster' seeds I planted on Wednesday at the book launch. When I left for work this morning there was nothing visible and after 1 day under the lamp there's been some serious action. Let's hope everything else is as enthusiastic.
Speaking of everything else.... Here's what I planted yesterday:
Italian Flat Parsely
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
Triangle Flashback Calendula
This Friday is the first meeting of our Guerrilla Gardening group. I'm looking forward to it and already have a space in mind that's in need of a serious seed-bombing.
Is it spring yet?