Grow With Me

Happy Spring!

Grow it!

Grow it!

Now go out there and grow something!

Winter makes you realize how much you love Spring.  Certainly I want to appreciate all four of our seasons, but Winter 2014-2015 was a kick in the ass and why Plan A had to be set into motion. That’s ‘A’ for Antigua and where the Boyfriend and I spent a handful of days in February drinking rum punch and eating goat curry (with me pinching myself every day to make sure I was actually there).

I love Antigua

I love you, Antigua

But that was already a month ago and here I am back in the reality that is Brooklyn.   We said ‘hello’ to Spring a few days ago and she said ‘snow’ right back!  Just Nature letting us know she’s got the last word.  So I’ve got to get to planting before it’s too late!

The mighty basil seed!

The mighty basil seed!

I am getting a slow start this year, but it’ll have to do.   I pulled out the Cherokee tomato, basil, and zinnia seeds from last year’s crop and set up my mini-egg carton greenhouses.

egg carton greenhouse

egg carton greenhouse

With agribusinesses like Monsanto trying to control how we save and cultivate our seeds, I feel the imperative to learn as much as I can about saving seeds and putting into practice all that I learn.

Basil 2014

Basil 2014

My seed saving career is pretty new, this is only my first year growing basil from saved seeds and the second year for Cherokee tomatoes, so there’ll be lots of information to gather and digest.

Zinnia from seed

Zinnia from seed

And whatever I learn I will be bringing into my community garden so that more of our urban gardening coalition can enter in to the bigger discussion on how our food and plants are grown and harvested.

I grew this from seed!

I grew this from seed!

Tending to seedlings is a commitment.  Their success depends on our capacity to nurture life and keep that life going throughout the growing season (and beyond if you want to harvest seed).   And, if you think about it, this is the commitment the environment needs from us because if we can’t even keep a seedling alive what are the chances we’ll keep our planet in one piece for our future generations?

Saving seeds for a rainy day

Saving seeds for a greener planet

 

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