Oh, I’ve been a busy bee over here in seed bank land. Lots of things to do since getting the seeds, and lots of updates are needed to this website to reflect said changes.

The seeds are currently going through germination testing and should be available soon for distribution, so you’ll have to hold on just a bit longer for that.

A lot of the work has been behind the scenes, updating and maintaining the database that holds all the seed bank information. But I’ve managed to get a healthy amount of updates and goodies up around the website.

  • The 2011 grow out list is up and ready for viewing.
  • Brand new article on saving lettuce seeds is up.
  • The list of seeds in the bank has been updated as well.
  • In a week or so I will be putting out a call for any growers interested in helping out by growing out a variety for the bank. It’s pretty simple – I provide you with the seed, and then you send back seeds at the end of the season. No cost to you, all you need is a little bit of garden space and the commitment to send back the seeds at the end of the season so we can bank them. I’ll be posting more information on that soon.

    This week on the twitter chat I help co-host, we’ll be talking specifically about setting up and maintaining your own seed bank. Interested in joining? You need a twitter account to participate, and be sure to check out our website at Seedchat.com for all the information.

    Until next time!

    The Seeds Are Here!

    So on this eve of Christmas eve, I just wanted to post a quick update (and photographic evidence!) that the seeds – all of them – including the new additions for 2010 are home safe and sound.

    The next week or so I’ll be cataloguing, separating, storing, and figuring out quantities that will be up for sale in the yearly fundraiser for the seed bank/what will be given away. The last week of 2010/the first week of 2011 will have a post up saying what is available, and will contain a full list of the new additions for now, just as a teaser, I’ll list a few of the fantastic varieties:

  • Tomato ‘Vorlon’
  • Tomato ‘Black Pear’
  • Pole Bean ‘Mr Tung’s’
  • Pole Bean ‘Poltscka’
  • Lettuce ‘Freckles’ (which I thought was an OP variety, but might actually be a mis-named older heritage variety, and my new favourite lettuce by the way)
  • … That’s it for now, but there are many more to come. Stay tuned, and have a Happy Christmas everybody!

    Slocan Snow Peas Get Banked

    Slocan Snow Peas

    Slocan Snow Peas

    I warned it’d be a little quiet around here until we got to our new home!

    Things are all lined up for the big move 750km away to Victoria, BC. Most of the grow outs this year will be saved by a wonderful volunteer who will be taking care of the garden after we leave here in just under two weeks. Fortunately, however, I’ve been able to save a few seeds myself (it wouldn’t feel like a whole complete year without me being able to save at least some seeds!).

    Pictured above are the Slocan Snow Peas that have been harvested, dried, and banked. The weather has been really tough this year on some of the plants, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to get as much as I was hoping for. However, there’s more than enough to be banked, and some will be available to those who wish to grow out this variety as well. They’ll be offered up early next year along with the rest of the varieties I’ll have available.

    I really ended up liking these, despite me not being a pea person. It was difficult not to just go out and eat them all on the vine when they were young they were so tasty. I’ll be updating the Slocan Snow Peas page as well with some more details and growth information. I’m hoping to get to it before the move happens, but it might not be until after then. I’ll be sure to add an update when that happens!

    New Articles & Additions To The Bank

    Busy week this week. With summer (finally!) taking off, and hot weather upon us, I’m rushing around isolation and coaxing the tomatoes for seed into the seed bank.

    I’m also very excited to announce that I’m in discussions with two other seed banks – both also located in Canada (one local to me, the other is the seed library run by Seeds of Diversity) so we can work together with distributing varieties and backing up each others stock to ensure safe preservation of our varieties. More news on this later, but I’m extremely excited about this new development!

    There have been two new additions to the seed bank this week:

  • Tomato ‘Pruden’s Purple’
  • Tomato ‘Red Robin’
  • Thank you to the donors of that seed!

    A few new articles up this week as well:

  • Seed Saving Techniques – Beans & Peas
  • Seed Viability Chart
  • Three or four new articles will be popping up over the week as well, stay tuned for those.

    I would also like to announce that one of the varieties the Populuxe Seed Bank is sheparding this year, the Slocan Snow Peas is finally starting to flower! I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this variety tastes.

    Until next time!