I finally got around to starting some of my seeds. It’s been two weeks since I first planned on starting them, but somehow (always somehow) I managed not to do what I wanted to. So, I have the beginnings of a vegetable garden-onions, leeks and tomatoes. I’m not doing as much variety as I want to this year, just trying to keep things basic. However, I cannot buy boring (normal) varieties, especially when there’s so many interesting ones to choose from. So I’ve planted Paul Robeson tomatoes, Cipollini Onions and Bleu de Solaize Leeks. In many ways, I’d much rather have planted purple tomatoes, and red onions, and all sorts of exotic varieties, but I’m not sure that anyone else would eat them!
While I was planting the seeds, I started dreaming about later this year, when I can start saving seeds. I’m learning more and more about how to select and save seeds-for suitability to my climate, robustness, fruitfulness and so many other qualities. I’ve been reading this book called Botany for Gardeners, which is an amazing book, and I absolutely love it. It starts at the basics-cell structure, plant structure, growth and all that, and then moves on to reproduction and adaptation. The next chapter that I haven’t read yet is called Strategies for Inheritance. It should be a good help in understanding how to be the manipulator in my own little microcosm of natural selection.
Oh, and I also started some Echinacea, because life’s really not complete without flowers!