What's going in your garden?Submitted by jruss133 on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:03
These are very exciting times! After relying on old stock and the much appreciated wild treasures for two years I'm now making preparations. It's time to dig my heels into the garden, to trade sweat for bread.
It's a great deal for me. When I was challenged to do the math it was undeniable. Take two kernels of corn and a sharp stick. Poke two holes in the ground, drop in your seed, and step on it. With a little maintenance those two seeds become hundreds. How does a a 10,000% return sound? Yeah, sounds good to me too.
I've learned a lot from you folks and I'm back for more. What are your plans? Browse rareseeds.com for some inspiration. Share your progress, even your failures, if you dare.
And if you don't have a piece of earth to start, consider the waste places. Learn to use a new wild edible. Make it a game. Each one is worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars over a lifetime. If you have thirty bucks lying around, Sam Thayer's books on wild edible plants are excellent. No tillage required, just dress it and keep it. What fun!
As always, remember the law, respect the gleaner's rights, and respect the land. Give it rest. Avoid mingled seed. Then you may reap the benefits of rain in due season, and watch as the Creator of heaven and earth rebukes those who would devour.