The 12th annual, and my 2nd, local Seedy Saturday was this weekend. It’s kind of the only time I feel a crazed shopping rush often aka “retail therapy”. SEEDS! Seedsseedsseedsseeeeds! I get a little wild.
All the pretty packages pulsing with the energy of potential, and all the pretty names of cool new (or old) varieties. Even though I know how far one seed pack can go, and I come armed with a short list of the varieties I actually need, I can’t resist impulse and just-to-make-sure purchases.
And then there’s the trade table. No risk at all to try some free new seeds.
We stayed for all the talks, and I learned something from each one. Stay tuned for forays into vermiculture and mealworm cultivation.
The last talk on seed saving by Chris Sanford gave me an aha moment about crossing. Embarrassingly simple, and something I already knew from general biology, but somehow never got when it came to seeds, because the word “species” is rarely heard when you’re talking about vegetables. Of course, the same species of anything, plant or animal, can interbreed. That’s a definition of species. And the categories of fruit or vegetables we may talk about, like “squash”, or “melons”, or “beans”, those names aren’t of species, so squash of the same species can cross, but there are multiple species OF squash. I know, I figured this out awfully late.