Current Seed Bank Holdings

One of the things I love most about having everything all in a database now (a migration which took a ridiculous amount of time, but thankfully something I did before the seed bank got as big as it is), is that I can draw up these super handy little reports easy as pie.

So, as of May 8th, 2011 – I’ve created a handy little report of anybody who’s interested to peruse. It lists everything that is currently held in the bank, contains its name, variety, historical, and growth information.

If you’d like to view it, you can open it as a .pdf here.

You’ll notice I do have a few blank spaces, noticeably in the historical info of some varieties. If you have any information to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

A Few Updates

Oh, there’s lots going on here at the seed bank, even though it’s been a little quiet on the old blog here. Above is a photo of some of the seedlings that are being grown out this year. Here’s a few things that have been happening:

  • Lindsay of Lost & Fawned did a fun interview with me about the seed bank. You can read that on her website here, and even get a taste of a few things I have planned for the future
  • Lots of garden building! As our new home came as a total blank slate, there has been lots of digging up lawn and rebuilding of old gardens that previous residents had just let go to pot.
  • Lots of new additions have come in from wonderful people who have donated their seeds to the bank. It all makes me wish I had much, much more space than I do. There’s at least 20 new varieties of various plants that I’ll be adding to the database, and updating the seeds in the bank page to reflect those new additions (which I will post a separate update about when they are finally added!). Interested in making a contribution to the bank yourself? You can do so via the brand new fancy address we have:
    The Populuxe Seed Bank
    Suite 175
    110-174 Wilson St
    Victoria, BC
    V9A 7N7
  • Last but not least, there are still some varieties available for distribution! You can get more information on how to request seeds on the Current Seeds for Distribution page.
  • The Seed Tip of the Week will also be resuming next Sunday, stay tuned!

    Until next time…

    Current Seeds for Distribution: Now Updated!

    The page listing what seeds the seed bank has for distribution is all updated and waiting for your requests! We have a stack of seeds just waiting to find new homes and new gardeners who will grow, save, and distribute these themselves!

    Click here to go to the page to peruse the list of what is up for offer.

    The only thing different about this year vs. last is that I am requesting a small amount of money to offset shipping costs, so while I wouldn’t think of charging a dime for the seeds, unfortunately Canada Post keeps hiking their rates each year!

    If you have any questions about the seeds, growing them, saving them, or even requesting them, don’t hesitate to leave a comment here on this post, or head on over to the contact page and send a private email that way.

    The season is quickly approaching, let’s get growing!

    Here We Are

    It’s been about two weeks now since the big move, and here we are, still settling in! The seeds are in their new home, and my lovely volunteer back at the old garden is working his fingers to the bone, I’m sure, saving all the seeds from the plants I left behind.

    I know a lot of you are anxious to request some seeds, they’ll be ready shortly, and I’ll make a big announcement here!

    Please be sure to check out the updated Slocan Snow Peas page. It has new photos and growth notes from 2010 on this fantastic variety that has made its home in the Kootenays, but has origins in Japan.

    Until I get my list all updated of what’s available for distribution, please keep checking back regularly!

    And Away We Go

    Been working like a busy little bee the past week or so!

  • I’ve been trying desperately to find some more private seed banks around the world to link to, and I’ve found a handful but not many. If you’re aware of any, please feel free to shoot me an email via the contact form, or leave a message on this post with a link.
  • The first of the brand new articles up are tomato seed saving and pepper seed saving.
  • I’ve also been going through and adding photos to the seeds in the bank where I have images. And some point I’ll have photos for all of them (at some point). Ones currently added are ‘Black From Tula’, ‘Dr. Wyche’s Yellow’, ‘Fantome Du Laos’, ‘German Cascade’, ‘Green Zebra’, ‘Japanese Black Trifele’, ‘Moskvich’, ‘Purple Prince’, ‘Tlacolula Ribbed’, ‘Yellow Pear’, ‘Yellow Ruffled’, and a few others.
  • I’ll also be hosting the weekly garden chat on Twitter about seed saving this coming Monday, 6PM PST (9PM EST). If you’re on twitter follow the #gardenchat hashtag on Monday night to follow along! After the chat I’ll be sure to post a link to the transcript so even if you can’t follow along or aren’t on Twitter you’ll be able to read the conversation.
  • That’s all for now!