Populuxe Seed Bank Grower Update

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.
  • Front Yard GardenOn 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!