This is the first year I have attempted to save my own garden seeds.
A row of garden seeds in air tight jars sits on my window sill.
I bought my organic seeds from Territorial Seed Company, Oregon this spring and I was not sure I would have the time or energy to save seeds this year so I didn’t make a commitment one way or the other.
One of the Territorial Seed Company catalogues.
But when fall was coming on, I began to think maybe I would just let some of the beans pods rest on the vine and dry out. Then on the day we pulled out the old beans vines we found a lot of pods that had been hiding underneath that were dry and full of seeds.
Then I found myself feeling inspired… and the race was on.
I saved five varieties this year; snap and dried beans. And tomorrow when my 5-year-old granddaughter comes to visit for the day I plan to show her how to open the dried pod, take out the beans and save some for next year.
I really want her to know where her food comes from.
I also saved some carrots for her to pull up from the ground too and well eat those for dinner.
This is an age-old experience, the elder passing on their knowledge to the next generation. I am proud to be a part of this lineage of teaching self-sufficiency.
The Homesteads vegetable garden at its peak last summer.
If you want to read all about seed savings and the how-to’s this is a great site: http://www.howtosaveseeds.com/whysave.php
Should you like to contact the Territorial Seed Company you can call then toll-free at 800-626-0866. For a free catalog, you can go here: http://freebies.about.com/od/free-gardening-catalogs/p/free-territorial-seed-company-catalog.htm?utm_term=territorial%
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Small House Homestead, Donna