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Well, it has been a long time since my last entry. A lot of things have happened. We now have 6 heirloom seed assortments. All 6 cans are now offered as an Ultimate Seed Supply. We have released our Sprouting Seeds 1 Year Supply and an entire line of sprouting seeds in 4 different sizes from 8oz to 46 lbs. To see all of the new products, go to our products page.
It has been a good year and we are looking forward to a busy spring season. We have also brought on new retailers and we are grateful for the business.
This is an interesting business. Most seed people start a seed business because they love gardening. Once you start, you realize that you have created a business that seriously impacts your favorite hobby. Although, I wish I could say that my thumb was greener. I am by no means a gardening guru which means that I have to rely on the expertise of others with far greener thumbs than my own.
I am happy about our new sprouting seeds line. Sprouts are super healthy, easy to grow (a plus for me) and full of life. At this point, we have 16 varieties / blends of sprouting seeds and we are hoping to add more over the next few months. We also will be offering sprouting seeds accessories like sprouters and etc…
If you have any questions about the new products (or old ones for that matter), please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me directly at 435-462-2015.
I have been thinking a lot lately about "the wisdom of the ancients". I would imagine that the phrase brings to mind many different things for different people but overall, people today seem to be putting more and more stock in old things vs modern things. We love vintage cars and though most of us wouldn't build our homes the old way, we want our homes to look old so we use false stone and brown stuccos that give our homes an old earthy feeling. Much of the world is turning to heirloom vegetables, whole foods grown the old (organic) way and ancient remedies to solve the modern health problems that now plague our society. In the realm of Spirituality, more and more people are turning either to the "new age" movement which consists of old ideas re-hashed for a modern audience, or the fundamentalist movements. Of course, many of these forms of worship are far distant in ideology and practice but one thing that they have in common is the fact that they are old and that seems to give them more validity in and of itself.
I too have been enchanted with old things. I what to know the way that things were in the beginning – the way that God intended them to be. And yet, I have wondered if in some areas we have not been deceived by the idea that because a thing is old, it must somehow hold more value than it actually holds. I have especially seen this in the health food industry. I have seen many people convinced that a certain plant would cure everything from tumors to arthritis to hang nails because some ancient civilization ate that plant and since we still find the plant in nature today, it must have been saved by the providence of God to cure our cancer, mend our hang nails, fix our marriages, solve all of our financial problems and make us happy in every way imaginable. I have wondered what would have happened if apples had gone out of style 1000 years ago and were recently re-"discovered" by some young entrepreneur – now that would be a product you could get behind and tell your friends about. Most of us know deep down that the solution is more holistic than that but we also seem to feel that there is something from which we have strayed which is causing all of our problems and if we could only figure out what it was, we could get back on track and the rest would straighten itself out.
From the above you might believe that I don't put stock in ancient wisdom but I do. The longer I live, the more I realize that we have strayed from the Truth in so many ways and I long for that which is timeless. I believe that there are certain principles by which the Earth and everything on it are governed and when we adhere to those principles we are blessed and when we stray from those principles, we suffer. The wisdom of the ancients is not only old but it is eternal and always new. It is the wellspring of life. I hope to return to old things but not just a few old things – I desire to return to everything that is permanently, eternally good. That doesn't mean that I intend to forsake every modern convenience, but it does mean that I desire to let go of everything that is not permanent and cleave to everything that is eternal.
In any case, these have been some of my thoughts of late. If you have any comments or thoughts on the subject please share them with us.
Well, it seems that everyone is getting ready for big gardens this year. That is awesome, as I feel that the time is approaching when we will need to grow our own food. However, you may also want to consider doing a smaller garden and spending the excess time doing one or all of the following.
1. Create a passive solar greenhouse. I am convinced that having the skill of growing food in a greenhouse will be hugely beneficial as we enter hard times. A greenhouse helps with pest control, creates a growing environment that can be used year round and can prevent hail damage.
2. Do your own starts. Although this seems like a small thing, it may not be as easy as you think. Even if you don't do all of your starts this year, at least do a few and find out what obstacles you will need to plan for if you do end up needing the skill in the future.
3. Start collecting your own seed! Of course, in order to do this you will need to plant non-hybrid, heirloom seeds. This is so important. It is one thing to know how, but another to have actually done it and been successful at it. Make it a goal that this year you will collect all of the seed you can and that next year you will collect the seed from your biennials.
Just remember that sometimes the skill may be far more important than the thing itself. Plant that big garden if you need it for your family but make sure that you set aside enough time to learn what you will need to survive and thrive long term.
I have been thinking a lot lately about cold climate gardening since we just moved to a colder part of Utah. Though we are only 40 miles from where we were before, we are 1500 feet higher in elevation which makes a huge difference in temperature. From what the neighbors have said, we don't dare plant most of our vegetables until after Memorial Day and then pray that there are no late hard frosts.
The good news is that those who lived here before us raised grass fed organic beef and their garden plot is covered with several years worth of composted manure.
Our plan to combat the cold is as follows:
- Plant many of our plants indoors and transplant after memorial day.
- Use PVC and plastic to create for our plants cold weather greenhouses of sorts to extend the season.
- Tell the plants we love them. Yeah – I know. That sounds very hippie-ish but I think it works and it makes me feel good.
- For next year, I would like to have an underground greenhouse built which will allow me to plant many of our plants in doors and extend the season a lot later.
If any of you have ideas on how to battle the cold, please let us all know.
I know that this is probably a pretty long post for a blog but I guess I am taking license since it is my first one. I hope that you enjoy the story of my first and best vegetable garden ever.
When I was five years old, my family lived in what we referred to as "the big house on the hill". The big house on the hill was a home that my father rented in the little town of Roosevelt Utah. Most things from that period of my childhood have dimmed from memory but there are a few things that still stand out.
For one thing, the big house on the hill was BIG. I have no idea how big it really was, but to a five year old boy it seemed enormous. It was gray and had the feeling of being very old and very run down. Considering our financial position at the time, this is probably the case as such were the only homes that my parents could afford.
Besides being old and gray and run down, it's next distinguishing characteristic was the fact that it had scorpions. I know. It WAS pretty freaky. Apparently, there were not enough to run us out but just enough to keep us on our toes. We probably only found half a dozen in the few years we lived there, but to this day I cannot think of that house without the image of a small white scorpion coming to my mind with an involuntary shudder.
My father had always had a green thumb but the first year that we lived in the big house on the hill, Dad decided to plant a BIG vegetable garden. He was very excited about the project and showed several of his friends the garden plot that he had picked out. They all said the same thing. "You'll never be able to grow anything there Bob! It's all rocks." And it was. It was so full of rocks that it took about as much work to get the ground ready to plant as it did to weed it once it was planted.
Now, many of you are probably asking yourselves "why didn't he just make raised beds and save the family a ton of work?" Well, I guess you would only understand if you knew Dad. Dad didn't think like most other people and now that I look back on it, I wonder if using raised beds would have seemed to him to be something akin to cheating. If he covered the rocks with beds, he would still know that the rocks were there even if you couldn't see them and even if he had the most gorgeous vegetable garden in town, he would feel that he had cheated his way around the rocks.
Years later, when the family would get together they would often remember the garden at the big house on the hill, and the first thing they would always mention was how much work it was. The funny thing about my recollection of that garden is that I don't have any first hand memories of working in it. I was little and I am sure my workload was proportionate to my size but for some reason, I don't remember the work at all. I remember my sister sitting on the front porch complaining about the work and I remember stories about how hard everyone worked but I don't remember the work itself.
The second thing we would mention was the incredible harvest we had that year. To this day, when I think of what a successful healthy garden should look and feel like, I think of that garden. I still remember the looks of satisfaction on my parents faces as they described the beautiful produce that the garden produced. I remember my mother spending hours and hours canning vegetables that came from that garden. But, what I remember most was Dad and I walking through the garden in the cool of the evening after he got off work picking fresh peas and eating them out of the pod. Mom would say "if you keep eating all those peas off the pod, they'll never get to the dinner table!" and they never did. As I remember, she finally gave up and Dad and I ate them all just as they ripened and for some reason that was OK. Mom must have decided that Dad had earned the peas for all of his hard work and I think I got in on the reward just for being cute.
I have grown a few gardens since, but I have never grown a garden that felt quite like the one on the plot by the big house on the hill. It was my first and best vegetable garden ever. Of those who were there, I am the only one left to plant more gardens. Perhaps that is the reason that I chose this story as my first contribution for this blog. They are no longer here to fill in the gaps that I don't remember and it is a good memory; one that I don't want to forget.
If you have any good gardening stories, please share them with us by posting a comment. Good Luck and Happy Gardening!
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