Garden Porn

It’s not fair.  The 2014 Seed Savers Exchange catalog hit my mailbox this week:

Seed Saver Catalog

Here’s the problem: spend a few minutes flipping through the catalog, jot down the seeds that look interesting, and then figure out just how many plants you want to put into the ground after the threat of frost is gone.  If you are like me you end up with something that would be on the scale on mini-farm as opposed to garden.

There’s Hop McConnel Speckled Corn, Jacob’s Cattle beans, Paris Market carrots, Two Inch Strawberry popcorn, and the list can go on for an entire page if I let it.  It’s not fair.  I want to spend my entire summer in a garden that encompasses my entire yard.  I want that garden filled with exotic varieties of plants that would surprise even the most intrepid gardener.  It really is garden porn.

For those of you who do not know, Seed Savers Exchange is an organization based in Decorah, Iowa that is dedicated to preserving open pollinated and heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties.  In Decorah the organization has a “heritage farm” that has a preservation garden, heirloom orchard, and even a rare herd of cattle grazing.  It is amazing how much gardening knowledge and biodiversity that Seed Savers is preserving in an era when that knowledge is being lost or consolidated into the hands of a few mega corporations.

I really encourage everyone to check them out or a similar organization closer to your home.  Be warned, however, that you may find yourself with one too many seed packets for your garden and spend the first few weeks of spring wondering how you can get around the city ordinance against front yard vegetable gardens.

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  1. Pingback: Friday Linkage 2/7/2014 | My Green Misadventure

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