The weather is finally feeling like Winter. Time to light a fire, have a warm drink and snuggle up with some seed catalogs!

OK, you’ve got your compost going and now you need to purchase seeds. The catalogs are coming out now and you can purchase seeds from a variety of places. Just make sure, wherever you buy, that the company honors the safe seed pledge. It reads:

“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative,We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”

We typically purchase organic seed, but sometimes the variety we want isn’t offered as an organic. That’s OK, we purchase it anyway. Hey, not everything is available as an organic, and there are some varieties we want to try, so we have decided not to get too hung up on that. We figure, as long as the seeds are not GMO, it’s all good. We like heirlooms the best, but also buy a few hybrids.

So have fun checking out what the seed companies have to offer and order now for next season. (We just received our order for next season….I went kinda crazy, but it’s a great variety with many new veggies and herbs to try.)

IN THE GARDEN: Eric finished building the bed!!! WHOO HOOO!! Now we have to line the bottom to keep gophers and moles out, make the soil and put it in the bed and we are ready to plant. We’ll work on that this weekend. Eric is also working on building the compost pile and that’s just about ready. It’s about 12 feet long and almost 4 feet tall. I think the plan is to make another, once this one is complete. It will do it’s thing for a few months and should be ready when we are in the Spring. Since completing the second bed, Eric is rearing to go on the next one. I’ll take pictures soon and put them up on the blog.

We are also going to take a trip to the nursery and purchase some composted manures to supplement the first bed. Then we can plant. We’ve decided to leave the Bright Lights Chard in the first row and use it throughout the winter. Soon we’ll cover it with row covers. Actually, we’ll be covering all the planted beds with row cover to keep the birds out and make a mini green house to keep the ground and plants warmer.

We have potatoes growing in the lower beds. Funny, you just can never harvest all of the potatoes. So we have quite a few that seeded themselves. I was curious and dug up a larger plant, just to see what was happening underground. I dug up 3 great big yukon golds. Yummm!! Today I noticed a marble sized purple potato on the ground – I think Sadie dug it up and left it. Lot’s of gopher activity down there too…boy will I be glad when we have all raised beds.

The seed has no idea of being some particular plant, but it has
its own form and is in perfect harmony with the ground, with
its surroundings … and there is no trouble.
This is what we mean by naturalness.
– Shrunyu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

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