I know I’m not supposed to be buying Burpee and Ferry-Morse seeds. But, I do.
Short Version – The Monsanto Company supplies most of the major seed companies in the US. (There are lists out there you can check.) Monsanto is one of the major players in the genetically altered food world. Of course, much of that genetic altering concerns bigger and better disease-resistant crops. However, it also involves altering plants so they produce only sterile seeds. No seed saving. You have to buy new every year. Sounds absurd, right? Unfortunately, it’s true. You can watch the documentary for the full scoop, if you like.
So. Knowing what I know, I continue to buy these seeds. The bottom line is that while there are alternatives to Monsanto seeds (seed-saving swap clubs and such), these things are an enormous pain, and I have enough things in my life that are an enormous pain. In the defensive department, I figure it this way – I raise happy hens and produce eggs. I compost. I grow at least some of my own food. I pump my own water. Hell, I make soap. I figure I’m ahead of the curve.
Doesn’t make it any less icky, does it? At any rate, no need to debate it too much. Just putting it out there. I buy my seeds at the store because they’re on sale for ninety-nine cents, because it’s easy, and because I like to look on the back of the package at have all the growing info in front of me. Now. What say we flip-flop this post into something fun and positive?
It’s totally going to be planting crazy around here! I can’t wait! Last Summer, I was busy tearing down our old house. (Proud of the fact that we did it, but it still sucked.) This Summer is totally going to be about planting things, having fun, and spending time in my canoe.
A sunflower forest behind the pyramids of beans and peas. Awesome. Radishes, zucchini, Simpson lettuce, Danvers carrots. New white pines and spruces added to the yard. More lupins in the side bed. Also in the food department, I’ll plant a pot full of Italian parsley and basil, but I’ll buy those as starts. Too short a growing season up here to grow herbs from seed.
I have a handy chart for when to start each vegetable in the most awesome book ever – Storey’s Basic Country Skills. RV living has its upsides sometimes – shallow windows surrounding the whole living room/kitchen, up high, and facing South. I think the seeds will sprout just fine. The Sun really blasts right in here.
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And now, a little blog business. I’ve made some good friends via my blog, Twitter, and forums that I belong to. I’ve always found that blog and forum-like communities are very supportive. (I’m totally buttering you up.) My awesome friend Neil just started a blog, and you should read it because he’s smart, he wants to move North, and he’s real nice. It’s over here (or just look for Neil’s name in the sidebar to the right.)