One of the things I really wanted to do this year was keep all of the growers together, kind of like a little community where we could all share with each other how the grow outs for the seed bank are going. I sent the word out to all the fabulous growers, with an invitation to share a blog post or to send me some words and/or pictures. Here’s what we have so far this season!
Hazel in Ontario who is growing ‘Orange Jubilee’ and ‘Yellow Perfection’ for the seed bank, made a post on her Folia journal here. ‘Orange Jubilee’ seems to be doing great, but unfortunately ‘Yellow Perfection’ doesn’t seem to be doing quite as well. (as a side note: Hazel also started her own seed bank on April 6th – whoo hoo!).
Jenn in California is growing ‘Russian Persimmon’ and they are looking fantastic sitting in her greenhouse, waiting for their turn to be planted in the garden.
Xan in Illinois is growing three varieties: ‘Blondkopfchen’, ‘Bramki’, and ‘Ferris Wheel’. All three have been hardening off outside, with ‘Bramki’ hitting it out of the park, and ‘Ferris Wheel’ coming in a close second. She’ll even be donating some seedlings to some organizations! Read more about it here.
On my side of things, I’ve been a busy bee these past few weeks getting the gardens ready. I had to dig up to gardens and completely redo two others out of sheer neglect. With the heavy lifting of all that done, and with the cold nights coming to a close, it’s finally time to plant, which is what I’ll be doing this weekend. I have already started planting, including Irish Conners pole beans, which I’m really hoping for a good year for. I posted a bit more over on my blog with the legumes I’ll be growing.
I must admit it feels a bit late here for me to be just planting out the tomatoes now, with the locals assuring me that this spring has been an especially cold one, and planting out can usually be done about 2-3 weeks earlier. I guess the Kootenays hadn’t quite had their last of me and followed me to the west coast for one final hurrah.
As a side note: the projects page has had a bit of an update showing what projects are being started this year. More information will be added to them soon!
Solanum grow-outs for 2011
I know it’s been a little quiet around here as of late, but lots of things have been happening behind the scenes, let me tell you! To make it a bit more easily digestible, here’s a handy bulleted list:
The seed sale is still going on! It’s now been opened up to people outside North America, as well as having several new varieties added for sale. Some varieties are really running low, and once they’re out, I won’t be re-offering for a few years. Get them while you can! Visit: kelly.etsy.com
You’ll see there have been changes made to the actual site, nothing insane, but just to make it a little easier to read. To view articles on seed saving techniques of different plants, as well as other articles, click the link over to your left, and then click the page you want to be taken to. Easy! Nothing’s been taken down, just (hopefully) better organized.
STOW – The seed tip of the week – will be back in action tomorrow. There’ll be a new one posted every Sunday, so keep checking back for that!
There’s a brand new projects page up and running that’ll be constantly updated with current projects going on by the bank. Some new and exciting projects are in the works, so keep checking that page (and this blog!) for updates
We’ve had some more additions to the bank thanks to some awesome donors, with even more on the way! Check out the seeds in the bank to see what they are.
That’s it for now – more things are in the works, stay tuned.
I just wanted to post a quick thank you to everybody who responded to my posting for growers. The response was unbelievable! All varieties now have shepherds for this year, and their seed samples have all been posted. You can check out the list of growers here, many of whom will be blogging about the varieties they’re growing for the seed bank.
Thanks again to everybody who responded, and stay tuned this time next year when I’ll be posting more varieties that need shepherds.
If you’re interested, please check out the annual seed bank fundraiser here, where you can purchase seeds from the seed bank, where 100% of the profits go to help keeping this seed bank going.
Don’t see any seeds you’re interested in but still want to help? You can send a donation via paypal here.