January 29, 2009
by: jovial_cynic

Last week, my oldest daughter and I rummaged through a cup full of harvested broccoli seed pods from my garden, and we collected seeds to start planting. I enjoy gardening, but my favorite part is harvesting for regrowth -- either collecting seeds or spreading out root clusters to have more plants. Having bushes that grow fruit every year is nice also, as that requires very little work. Whatever the case, the idea of being self-sufficient in the garden appeals to me. In theory, one should be able to start off with seeds or starter plants that they either purchase or find, and after that, never have to worry about somebody else providing seeds again. Aside from a desire to add variety, every year should involve an increase in plants without relying on the purchase of new seeds. I mention adding variety as an exception, because I just spent about $50 on seeds from 30 different plants. That's a lot of seeds. And in theory, I shouldn't have to buy more, unless I want more variety in the future.

Here are some of the broccoli seed pods, and a couple of seeds.

And here's the raised bed of strawberry plants that started out as a single plant I found in my yard when I first moved into my home. I've got about twenty plants now, and since I relocated all of the plants (you should relocate strawberries after two years; strawberries suck up nutrients from the soil pretty quickly), I expect to have quite a few berries this year.
np category: farming


Jonesy said:
I found your site via: LifeHacker > Holy Scrap Hot Springs, and from what I've read so far I find your site interesting and inspiring. My wife and I just bought our first house last year and we have a plot set out in the backyard for a garden that we're eager to get started this Spring. I'm looking forward to finding more info from your site about gardening.

Thanks and keep it coming!

February 07, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Jonesy -

Thanks for stopping by. I like what they're doing over at HSHS.

Take pictures of your garden and post it online somewhere. It's always neat to get constructive feedback.

February 07, 2009

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