Tag: Gardening

Garden Seeds Mushroom Photos

Miriam started her second year of online school with Blue Sky School on September 5th. For PE she needs to do different physical activities or exercises for so many hours in a week. After she had spent most of the day inside setting up her school area and doing online school work, I came in and told her I found some cool mushrooms I wanted her to come out and take pictures of for me. Read More …

Grand Champion Heirloom Garden Seeds

I encourage my children to enter things in the St Louis County Fair here in Chisholm Minnesota.  This year my girls each won $76 dollars in prize money.   Big sister won Jr Grand Champion in the art division for a scratch art picture she did.  Marietjie won Grand Champion in the agricultural division for our turk turban squash we grew here at Garden Seeds.  The Fair holds a youth Mr or Mrs Potato Head contest Read More …

Pictures of Garden Seeds’ Property

Garden Seeds’ property is on Countryside Lane which is a half mile long deadend road in Balkan Township in Northern Minnesota.  Standing in the road by our garden looking east you see where the road ends at our neighbor’s gate in the picture above.  Looking west you get the picture below. Most days the only people that drive by are the mail man and the neighbor, so Marietjie rides her bike in the road back Read More …

Landrace and Heirloom Seed Companies

Each month we here at GardenSeeds.org try to promote a Landrace and/or Heirloom Seed Company.  We do not go about this in any scientific way we just pick one that interest us.  If you would like to recommend a seed company to be featured please contact us. We usually try and blog about our featured Heirloom Seed Company to draw more attention to them, but I have been kind of lazy the last few months.  Read More …

The Universe Beneath Our Feet

Here is a pod cast that talks about the life in the soil.  There are millions of living things in the soil that are working to help the plants we see above the ground grow.  We can not live without the fungi, bacteria, etc. in the soil.  There is a food web in the soil that consists of the fungi, bacteria, and the roots of plants all working together to feed each other.     Read More …

Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the combining of trees and shrubs with the raising of other crops or animals.  The USDA Agroforestry page says that in order for a farming system to be considered Agroforestry it needs to be intentional, intensive, integrated and interactive.  There are several different Agroforestry farming methods.   Silvopasture is growing trees in the pasture.  The trees are spread out so that the pasture grasses will still grow.  The cows and other animals that Read More …

Featuring Heirloom Seeds

For the month of February Garden Seeds is featuring Heirloom Seeds Seed Company.  They have been selling heirloom seeds since 1988.  All of the varieties Hierloom Seeds offers are open pollinated (non hybrid) and have been grown by generations of backyard gardeners.  Heirloom seeds are non-GMO seeds.   Here is some of the trivia that is posted on Heirloom Seeds website: Eggplant was once believed to cause fever, epilepsy and insanity.  This  misconception was circulated Read More …

Food Security – Heirloom Seed Banks

Food security is vital to our very existence. Most people collect money and/or gold to save up for a time of need. These same people will gladly give you all their gold in exchange for food when they are hungry. We at Garden Seeds believe that the lack of genetic diversity in our country’s seed supply could one day lead to a famine. Just look at what happened to Ireland in the 1800’s because everyone Read More …

From Seed to Shining Seed

They wrote an article about Basswood in the local newspaper entitled From Seed to Shining Seed.  It tells how he is out to see the world by hitchhiking or taking buses.  The article tells how Basswood meets people to learn about their way of life.  “’When he works for room and board, he is really there for a free education,” Scot said. “Many people actually pay permaculture farms for the privilege of working on them Read More …

Fungi Course

Basswood and the Fungi Crew made it to the Fungi Academy in Guatemala.  About six hours after Basswood sent me the message that he made it safely he sent a message saying he cut his hand pretty bad and had to get stitches.  He said he has to go to the clinic for daily dressing changes.  I was worried that he would not have enough money to pay for all that.  He wrote back and Read More …