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Hello seedy folks! I’ve been busy like a bee over here the past month, processing the last of the seeds (thankfully due to the help of some fabulous growers, we did get some seed to offer for next year, despite my lack of a garden in 2013!).
Seeds of Diversity’s AGM
I also made the six hour drive to Saskatoon for Seeds of Diversity’s annual general meeting, as I sit on the board of directors. It was three days jam packed with meetings (great meetings – we have some fabulous things coming up for our members!), but possibly most exciting, we got to visit Plant Gene Resources Canada, including their seed vault. PGRC is the national seed & gene bank here in Canada, so needless to say for a seed and garden nut like me it was like visiting the holy grail of, well, seeds! The curator, Axel, gave us the tour and it was wonderful to be able to see what they were doing, how, and to drool a bit at the seed vaults.
I’ll be adding a post all about our trip to PGRC in a bit, which is also slated to appear in the Seeds of Diversity magazine for our spring issue, so stay tuned on that!
On The Technical Side Of Things
I’m also suffering from a bit of a data loss at the moment – the latest version of the seed bank’s holdings was unfortunately corrupted, which in turn has made it so I have to reconstruct a good chunk of said database. Let’s just say the backup failed and leave it at that.
Anyhow, with the number of seeds coming in at the moment, it’s a bit of a job, so I’ve been doing it in bits and pieces when I have time. Once I get that up and running I’ll be uploading the latest version, as well as seeds that will be available for distribution this year.
The Mailing List
You guys just keep joining! I know the list has been very, very light this year, but I fully plan to rectify that by shooting out a quick message to all the members of the list when the seeds are up for distribution (I’ll have some lower quantities, so those on the mailing list will get first crack at them before I release them to the general public!), and then in 2014 we’ll be back to our quarterly newsletters.
2014 Plans – Growers, Growouts, & More!
Not having the database means that figuring out which seeds need growing out for 2014 is happening a bit later than expected, but in a few weeks I plan to have all the information available, and of course I’ll be looking for my helpful gardeners to grow out varieties that I won’t have room for/my climate doesn’t allow for.
I’m also busily planning on my fabulous new garden for 2014! The house we moved into might be small, but the huge yard makes up for that. Which means, I get to turn just about a third of it into fabulous garden space! I’m intensely excited to have this much room to build a garden into – while Victoria gave me the long growing season, the space limitations really hampered how much I was able to grow out. Edmonton’s season might be shorter, but the big, full sun yard more than makes up for it.
That’s all for now – thanks for everybody’s continued support for this little project, and for everybody who sent in seeds to be banked. And an extra big thank you to my wonderful, amazing growers who help out every year by donating their time and garden space to ensure that this bank continues to be able to offer seed to the public.
Hello faithful seed bank followers!
It’s official, the mothership has landed. And while, technically, we landed on July 1st, there hasn’t been too much time for gardening or seed bank stuff.
However, with all the “joy” of moving behind us, I’ve been able to finally start thinking about, and reorganizing, the seed bank. Over the next few months I’ll be doing germination tests on everything banked, and starting to compile and organize what needs to be done for next year.
Fortunately, we’ll even have a bit of seed to share come late fall/early winter. I have made some contacts, and was even personally gifted a tomato myself as a move-in gift, so all is not lost this year, even if it’ll be a bit light! As always, we’ll have seeds to send out from previous years as well to everybody.
So stay tuned for updates on what might be coming available, and thanks for following along!
…. Here I come!
Just a quick post today to say that my whole day will be spent at Seedy Saturday (10-4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre). If you’re in the CRD, be sure to come. There’s of course the seed exchange, a bunch of talks, and a whack of vendors selling seeds and local foods. Seedy Saturday is where I get most of the acquisitions for the seed bank each year, so it’s always something I highly anticipate. Not to mention I’ll be volunteering with a great bunch of people, so it’s sure to be a blast.
In seed bank news: the grow out list is almost complete and will go up either tonight or tomorrow afternoon. Same with the seeds for distribution this year. I know a bunch of you have been asking for both, so stay tuned! I will be sending a newsletter out when that goes live (sign up for the newsletter is at the top of the left-hand column).
Have a good day faithful blog readers – I know I will today.
What a quiet year it’s been here on the ol’ seed bank blog. I do definitely plan to change that with this upcoming season, although the actual growing part might end up being a little tricky (more on that later when things are coming closer to being finalized).
I just finished up saving all the seeds from 2012 – and while I usually have an actual seed sale, this year I think I’m just going to do this distribution for cheap through this site this year (it hasn’t been updated yet, but this page is where you kind find what is going to be distributed). This year was a tough year for the garden, so while I don’t have as much as I’ve had in previous years to distribute, I do have some varieties that I am very glad to be distributing. Hopefully the quality will make up for the lack of quantity.
Over the next few weeks you’ll see this website being updated to reflect the new year – including my growing lists for 2013, as well as varieties that will need volunteer growers (I know I’ve already gotten a few interested people asking me about it – the enthusiasm is awesome!).
I’ve also been working on a Wiki located here that will house growth notes and photos of the varieties grown for the bank, and I’m hoping it’ll be a fantastic resource not only for myself, but also for you folks looking for information on seeds in the bank. It’s a little bare right now, but I am working on going through the multitude of photos and varieties myself and the volunteer growers have grown. It’s definitely a work in progress, but feel free to poke around for now.
That’s it for now – but if you are interested in becoming a grower, please do use the form located on this page to get in touch with me.
The leaves are all turning red and yellow and orange here in Victoria, and the nights definitely are a lot crisper than they used to be. I’ve whipped out my cardigans and jackets, and it seems too damned cold to walk around in shorts and tank tops anymore. Fall is here!
This blog has been very under-used this year. I had a few frantic emails from friends of the seed bank asking if it was gone; never fear, it’s still here! We’re still here and totally in operation, unfortunately there just hasn’t been much to share.
The tomatoes that did survive the prolonged stay in their seed starting pots are now just starting to ripen. Unfortunately with the dip in temperatures, I’ll probably have to ripen the majority of them off the vine and inside. The injury to my right wrist that delayed all my plantings seems to have been worse than just a sprain, and it’s still quite painful, which has lead to a very lacklustre year with gardening, because I just haven’t been able to put in the time required this year.
But, the nice thing with gardening is that it’s never a one-shot deal; there will always be next year, and that’s what I’m looking forward to now.
I’ll probably end up growing almost the exact same thing next year since I got such a poor harvest (if any harvest) this year. I’ll be bringing my peppers in to overwinter – of course they’re all flowering like crazy now, and I’ll have to pull those all off before bringing them in.
I have a second sowing of Slocan Snow Peas growing nice and strong right now, and the potatoes will be dug up imminently. There’s some Gabriola Garlic in the ground, and I’m looking forward to eating that next year.
The Cotztomatl are just starting to ripen now, and I’m looking very forward to sampling them, and hopefully saving enough seeds to share.
The ‘Agona Local’ tomato from PGRC has proven to be one of the best growers this year – it’s absolutely loaded with fruit (most of which I’ll probably ripen indoors) but it’s compact size and great production would make me think this would be a great variety for container growers. Stay tuned for taste and a more in depth post about that variety in a bit.
Thanks for sticking with the seed bank during a quiet year, and keep checking back for more updates coming soon!