Tuesday, July 13, 2010

seed savers

j and i have been planning our future garden for a really long time. when we finally bought a house a little over a year ago, it was top of mind for me; however, with all the work the house needed, it got pushed down the to-do list.

our last item before we build the above-ground garden boxes is getting our yard sorted out. by sorted out, i slightly mean figuring out where to place the boxes. by sorted out, i mostly mean, getting our yard up-to-par. right now, it's a huge medley mess of weeds. it may look like a lawn, but only when cut (which is frequently necessary with weeds).

this fall, we plan on tilling the yard and getting grass to grow. it wouldn't matter so much to me, but this yard has been the bane of my husband's existence; therefore, the yard needs tending. possibly professional tending at that. i'll definitely keep you posted on that project progress.

in the meantime, i'll be planning out our perfect garden (knowing that we'll experience first-timer hardships) with the help of the seed savers exchange . they are a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. how incredible is that?

ever since reading "animal, vegetable, miracle" by barbara kingsolver, i know just how rare heirloom seeds are and how scarce their availability is becoming thanks to monsanto (i.e., all that is wrong with the world). sighs - that's a rant for another day. just the mention of their name gets my blood pressure up.

[image via awaytogarden ]

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