This year I have learned so much about seed saving and good food.
My first attempts at food gardening both at my home and the community garden were fully colored by the depth of my ignorance.
At the community garden gardeners range from the novice like myself to the experienced.
My first approach like so many others at the garden was to get seedlings from the local nursery into my plot as quickly as possible to get that food growing, but the more experienced gardeners were slower to get going, spent time adding manures, compost and for our specific large amount of dolomite to break down clay.
Many of the also used heirloom seeds which resulted in not only stronger plants but also a wider variety of foods.
Another benefit that has evolved from the use of these heirloom seeds is strong seedlings appearing around the garden.
The crows for example have done a generous job of spreading tomatoes seeds and I have been thrilled to discover many welcome tomato seedlings appearing in my plot or growing wild in corners of the garden.
Seedlings from these strong seeds are easy to grow. I always save these seedlings knowing they will produce the strongest plants and quality food..
I spent so much money buying seedlings from the nursery last year but this year the seedlings seem to be supplying themselves.
Consequent of finding these seedlings I am also beginning my own adventure in seed saving to spread the joy of these strong plants even further.
Below is one of my current collections of seed pods and fruit seeds drying out in my kitchen.
This lettuce was a foundling. Has grown itself in a difficult area of my garden.
More great foundlings, lemon basil and apple basil bushes. Can't believe how quickly these grow and now always have some to share with friends and neighbors.
Still to ripen these little tomatoes from another stray seedling that grew from in its own strength and vigor.