The New Season
As the Winter Solstice approaches, the seed catalogs begin to pile up, and the want lists grow exponentially. Having the will to apply the shears of reason to these lists takes some doing. It may not be quite as difficult this year due to the increase in shipping costs.
I can not decide if the new shipping policy at Pinetree is a good thing, or not so good. The cost of getting seeds from Territorial is definitely approaching the 'no-can-do' limit, and that troubles me a lot. The research and seed production this company does is very valuable. Their support of the Abundant Life Seed Company after their devastating fire is admirable, and the joint venture can only benefit both companies, as well as gardeners who require excellent seed, and desire access to old and open pollinated varieties as well as the best of the hybrids.
As the battles rage to control the ability of gardeners and farmers around the world to raise crops and save seed for the next season, the importance of the Heirloom and OP seed suppliers becomes ever more serious. Some universities are no longer wholly on the side of hybrid variety development, and we see new open pollinated varieties every year from this source.
I enjoy communicating with gardeners on a few online lists. It is good to know how widespread the gardening network is, and how seriously most of these individuals are about the importance of growing edible crops for their families and communities.
It was pointed out by one list member that we who grow food gardens might actually be referred to as 'farmers'. The reason being, that in modern context, 'gardener' is usually used in reference to the growing of ornamental plants.