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Ready to Grow!

I was excited to receive these in the mail the other day, in the midst of one of our coldest, snowiest winters ever. This winter has reminded me of the winters we used to have here when I was a kid. Back then it was fun; now not so much!


Until it warms up enough to start sowing seeds, I’m going to work on a plan and calendar to ensure we have a steady supply of fresh produce this year. I was never really interested in growing anything beyond tomatoes, but last year’s foray into vegetable growing has changed that.

There are plenty of good resources for seed, but I decided on Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa, “a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds”.


  1. Chris Cole on January 24, 2014 at 8:31 am

    The Seed Saver Exchange has an excellent mix of heirloom varieties. I’m sure that you will find some very tasty items. But be aware that some of these cultivars will not be as resistant to plant diseases as the current varieties. For example many current tomatoes are resistant to VFN (verticillium, fusarium, and root knot nematodes). So keep a good watch on your plants

    • denise on January 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Chris, that’s great to know! I was planning on buying tomato plants locally so I should be okay there, but will keep an eye on everything. Can’t wait for spring!

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