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the potential of a seed

Hello, my name is Angi and I’m a seedaholic.


They say admitting it is the first step to recovery. But, I’m not so sure I want to be recovered. There’s just something about seeds.

When I pass by those little stands of seeds at the store (and it seems like every store is in the seed selling business these days) I just can’t help but think of all the potential in those little packets.

Those little packets have the potential to feed my family organic, nutritious food. They have the potential to cut my grocery bill so I can use the extra for other things. They have the potential to give purpose to this little plot of earth we have been given to care for. They have the potential to give enjoyment and beauty. They have the potential to help us be producers and not just consumers. Those little packets have lots of potential.

And so , as I put that little packet in my basket, I dream of all that could happen.

But little packets of seeds aren’t my only weakness. Flowers that have “gone to seed” are also a weakness. My children don’t really get it when I ask them to grab a couple of seeds off the amazing passion flower vine growing downtown. Or when we pull off on the side of the road to collect a few wildflower seeds. I envision passion flower vines on our fence and a wildflower patch near our bees. Those few seeds have lots of potential.

But potential is not realized if it isn’t put to work. So, last week we pulled out the soil block builder and got to work. We filled 3 trays and each tray holds 50 blocks. Here’s what we started…

  • 80 heirloom tomatoes (thanks to Baker Creek Seed Co., I’ll be doing a full review a little later) The varieties included, Emerald Apple, Mountain Yellow, Ponderosa Pink, Yellow Hughes, White Queen, Cherokee Purple, Jersey Devil and Casedys Folly.
  • 5 sweet 100s cherry tomatoes
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • 5 cilantro
  • 5 basil
  • 5 yellow squash
  • 5 zucchini
  • 2 pablano peppers
  • 2 Cuban peppers
  • 2 Anaheim peppers
  • 4 banana peppers
  • 6 pickling cucumbers
  • 4 slicing cucumbers
  • 10 Nasturtiums
  • 10 Marigolds

Then we started small pots of…

  • lavender
  • chamomile
  • calendula
  • stevia
  • purple cone flowers

I recorded everything on the Seed Sowing/Starting page in my Gardening Notebook. I’m really enjoying filling up the blank pages with plans and records for this year.

I tested our ground temperature, it was 63 degrees (I used one of our meat thermometers). So technically, it’s warm enough to plant beans. I really want to plant a huge amount this year so I will have enough to can them. But a farmer friend told me it’s too early and to wait. oh, the dilemma.

Do you get swept away by the potential in seeds?

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Tuesday 5th of February 2013

lol. i know how you feel. i pick seeds from ANYWHERE (pretty much) uptown downtown. no matter... 90% of the time, one of my kids are with me. adults. they are so embarressed and laughing at me every single time. hey, you should see my yard:)


Tuesday 5th of February 2013

I soooo know what you are talking about! I have already ordered seeds from Baker Creek twice already! And wild Boar farms and 3 other places that the names escape me at the moment! LOL


Monday 4th of February 2013

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Rachel E.

Monday 4th of February 2013

I'll have to admit, I am a bit overwhelmed with this gardening thing. But, I will have a go at it. We have a bit more time, but I feel as if I am running out of it. I still haven't found time to plan it.


Monday 4th of February 2013

Rachel, if I were just beginning and pregnant I would just keep it real simple the first year. Here's some things I'd do....1. find a small area that gets sun and either till it up, double dig it or build a couple of 4X8' boxes and fill them soil and compost. (depending, of course, when it's warm enough to work outside)

2. focus only on things that my family really likes. For me that would be 1 cherry tomato plant, 3-4 tomato plants (you probably won't be doing a lot of canning with a new baby and all), 2 squash , 2 zucchini, 4-6 pole beans (vine green beans), 2 cucumber plants, 2-3 swiss chard plants(won't go bitter until the temps rise of 90 degrees, maybe one bunch of onions, 1-2 pepper plants and some carrots for fun. You could get all that in 2 4X8' with room to spare.

3. Other than the carrots I would buy transplants at the local nursery instead of messing with seeds.

With this you won't get a lot extra to preserve but you should get enough to feed your family without feeling overwhelmed.

elle mental

Monday 4th of February 2013

It has been a long time since I have seen anyone using home made soil blocks! I have had my soil blocker for 20 years and I am a devoted fan! I enjoyed your post and will come back to check out some more, but it is 2:30 a.m. so I think it is time to turn in! BTW I have a blog on homesteading if you are interested come and check it out!


Monday 4th of February 2013

wow, I didn't know that the soil blocker was that old. I've only had one for a couple of years, but I love it.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll have to check out your blog.