My addiction for gathering the goods goes into over time once summer ends. I spend the month of January in my conventional greenhouse preparing seeds, organizing my home for Spring, and enjoyed the Winter activities outdoors. The treasures I grow in the greenhouse winter over well but the fun begins when it is time to start seeds. Many of the seeds I start in the greenhouse were gathered from my summer garden. Owning my own greenhouse allows me to get in the garden earlier then others in my hardiness zone and I get a little crazy about seeds. A close friend of mine told me ‘You are acting like a crack addicted with all this talk of seeds!” I can’t help myself.... in this post I share gathering and saving seeds.
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My main source for collecting seed information has been from interacting with others who enjoy growing on Twitter and Facebook. It’s as easy as putting a ‘hashtag’ (#) on the front of the key word and you will get TONS of information on Twitter. 2009 was my first year researching about what others are growing. It was a huge success as I collected tons of information along with seeds to grow. Below is a list of places I found seeds.
Blogger Seed Swaps
Another wonderful source for finding seeds is the Garden Blogger Network. A few of the seed enthusiast are holding seed swaps on their sites. I didn’t participate in any of these because I have a few dear friends who follow my BGgarden on Facebook who sent me some of their favorite seeds to try out this year.
( Thanks Glenda, Debra and Marcy!)
I do believe this is the first year I didn’t order any seeds from catalogs that are sent in the mail. I have been trying to cut back on having so many extra papers, magazines, and other paper goods sitting around my home so I did cancel a few subscriptions. I did place online orders at a couple of sites that had a great line up of WHATS NEW for 2010. If you want me to order at your site there MUST BE a link to some new items that grab my attention. I am always looking for things that no one in my area are growing. I will share these seed companies as the products arrive so I can give you the scoop on their customer service!
Support Local Growers
Locally I found seeds at Hoens’ Greenhouse in Holland, Ohio. I found a wonderful collection of new annuals to add to my garden this year. I can’t leave a garden center without buying a pack of seeds. It has been exciting to see seed displays popping up in the most unusual retail locations.
Save Seeds From Years Past
Each year I save many seeds in a handy file box. The seeds are sealed in a zip lock pouch and the file box is kept in my home in the coolest location. Storing the seeds in the proper conditions will ensure healthy seeds to use for at least 5 years.
Saving Seeds From The Garden
In Autumn 2009 I shared a short video about storing seeds to be used for spring 2010.
Find this video on my old YouTube Channel : BGgarden Live
To prepare for planting I grabbed my bags out of storage of the plants that I would be starting in the greenhouse. I am starting some Rudebeckia this spring in the greenhouse from these seeds. The rest of the collection will go right into the ground after all danger of frost has passed.
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When my pup Olivia and I go out walking we always take note of all the different flowers or the seeds they dry into. Just think of all the really cool things you can grow when you start from seeds you collect.
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