Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A seedy story....

Once upon a time there was a girl who had far too many seeds....... in fact it is a problem for any keen gardener that you can not resist buying just a few more seeds.....!!!

So the seed situation is as follows.....

I have a lovely box of seeds which I have organised very successfully, in fact this is the best storage system I have ever had and it is brimming with seeds, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The dividers are bits of cardboard which I saved from the bin in the mill and folded not quite in half so that the title is proud. It is then really easy to remove all the contents and sort through them on the table. An old cardboard box was the perfect size, all for nothing!!!

But there is another pile of ordered seeds which came from http://en.runabergsfroer.se/ which is an excellent Swedish seed company with a good ethos and attitude and they have loads of really good information on their website. The link above is all in English and is highly recommended reading for anyone in any country.

Then there is the other pile of seeds which I got from a very interesting organisation. http://nordgen.org/index.php/en/content/view/full/2/  I will be trying to save as much seeds as possible from these seeds as this is the reason they are giving them away free! They are all seeds from the Nordic countries, local varieties not available in the seed catalogues. I am looking forward to seeing what happens when I grow them.
I have:
From Denmark I have leek, melon and cucumber seeds
From Sweden I have melon, 2 types of soya, onions, chives, swede, carrots, flax and a poppy.
From Norway I have Brussels sprouts, white cabbage, turnip and peas.
From Finland I have broad beans
From Iceland I have cumin

They are kept cold (it's cold in Svalbard!)  and much dryer than normal so in the yellow pot there are 3 packets which need to absorb water from the atmosphere for a few days

It will be really interesting to see what will happen with them all.

I have also ordered a few from England but I thought it would be a good idea to use as many sorts from Sweden as in many cases the seed has been saved here from hardy plants.

From another Swedish company I ordered some other stuff including a decent size bag of fodder beets for the animals to eat over winter. I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

In the shop the other day the large seed stand drew me in and a bought just a few more..... just a few...oops!

I have been asking around for sugar beet seeds and although we are quite far north for growing sugar beet on a commercial scale I would like to try and grow a few and see if I can make sugar! Then today a surprise came through the post. A packet from the seed suppliers of Sweden  I am not sure how it got here, someone must have asked......thank you whoever you are! How exciting!!!

It has been a warm day today and it really feels like spring is here, cant wait to get out in the garden properly!!

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