I'm a longtime lurker, new to joining. I have toyed with growing my whole life, I was the kid my mother would shake her head at because I always grew from "the pantry" so to speak. Saving and growing seeds from everything that came through the kitchen. Of course the potatoes and anything else I couldstick in the dirt. Looking back i wish I'd have kept up with my instinct instead of focusing on life as a teen and getting out of the dirt... Oh well, I've been back in for at least seven years now and finally have a bigger yard to convert to growing. I aim to grow as much as possible to provide all I can for myself. I dream of substance farming, And self sufficiency. I mainly have seeds I've been saving from named variety tomatoes, I have noticed a variation in one, I plan to grow as many seedlings this year from the variety so I can pick out any more that show the variation. It has a slightly more regular leaf look to the potato leaf it should be displaying. And the fruits are smaller yet more consistent shape with similar favors. Oh well, it's one trait to explore.. I tend to save many more seed than I plant, this year I plan to start many more than I let mature. Let the culling begin...
And we laugh like soft mad children smug in the cotton woolly brains of infancy.
Just joined up here after reading some fantastic posts. I found the forum from Joseph's latest appearance on the OSSI podcast and am happy to be here.
I have been growing and saving seed for the past 10 years on Cape Cod starting at various Community Gardens to now a garden that I share with my wife and two rescue dogs. I was a member of the Seed Savers Exchange and sold at the Harwich Farmers Market in 2017. I focus on finding interesting varieties and seeds that work in the ever changing climate of the Cape Cod region. All of my seed is grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides.
I'm in the process of setting up a seed swapping coop in my region with Native seeds and hopefully developing Landrace varieties for the future of our ever changing climate here. We are surrounded by ocean and are being affected by Climate Change very quickly.
What I'm currently interested in:
Native Dry Beans, Native American Squash, Lettuce, Peppers and Tomatoes.
Seed belongs in the commons and in the hands of local gardeners for the good of all. Patenting of seed is obstructing biodiversity and resilience in our local food systems and should be eradicated.
Last Edit: Feb 20, 2019 8:25:03 GMT -5 by alongshore
I'm interested in Native American varieties that may have been grown in the New England area, specifically MA. Please message me with any information.
i'm flowerbug from mid-Michigan. a middle aged guy living with Mom. i used to do techie things with computers for a living but gave that up after 15 years of doing pretty much nothing but. semi-retired is how i consider myself as i've taken part-time jobs when something came up i'd like to do. my last job was at a library which i did for some years until the management changed and then it became time for me to do something else. i'm an avid reader so i do miss the work as i believe in the mission of libraries and love books. i also miss a lot of the patrons who became friends that i don't see as much any more. i'm a bit of hermit now and that is ok as i do like the homebody type of life. there's always plenty to keep busy with here with all the gardens.
i arrived HG via a recommendation from zeedman. it took me some time to clear enough of my space to be able to write more again. fall and early winter are busy times for us here with me putting up things and also picking and sorting beans. which i continue into the middle of winter.
now there is a seed swap coming up to get ready for so that will be my next project.
i still consider myself a novice when it comes down to gardening in some ways. i study a lot of different things as i can and try to fit them together. the scientific terminology isn't easy for me (memorization was never my forte) but eventually i'll pick it up if i read about it often enough.
i do have bean breeding projects going on and some success so that is always exciting. as i get them fairly stable i pass them along to others. also i trial beans of as many kinds as i can in our main heavy soil gardens to see if they will do ok or not but i also have other gardens that work as controls to test against which are more sandy loam or different than our subsoils. if i find a few beans each season that seem productive enough then i consider that a big help. if i find them productive enough no matter what garden they are planted in then that is also well worth noting and following up on (and encouraging crosses from them to the rest of my beans).