Here is a partial list of seeds I’m bringing to the exchange.
Many are seeds I’ve saved myself so they are being selected for our neighborhood and are organically grown.
Check out the interesting article in the New York Times Sunday Review from March 3 called ‘Look Carefully at Those Seeds’ by Margaret Roach. It’s about how seed companies that sell conventional seed are using a lot of chemicals to grow them and this not only pollutes obviously but selects for plants that need those conditions. She states that looking for companies that are not selling GM seed is very important, but this issue is too. Hmm.. why don’t we grow seed ourselves, organically, locally so we know it’s chemical-free and will do well here, under organic gardening methods? Oh wait! We are doing just that. Come to the seed exchange on March 21 and join the movement.
Pole bean ‘Kew Blue’
Bush bean ‘Orca’ (‘Calypso’)
Brussels sprouts – purple
Brussels sprouts ‘Jade Cross’
Purple orach (Mountain spinach)
Escarole Cichorium endiva ‘Broadleaf Batavian’
Endive Cichorium endiva var. crispa ‘Olesh Tres Fine’
Watercress Nasturtium officinale
Red Shiso (Perilla, Japanese basil)
Sorrel Rumex acetosa
Poppy ‘Mother of Pearl’ Papaver rhoeas
Breadseed poppy, Papaver somniferum – large red and purple mixed
Calendula – Yellow and Orange Calendula officinalis
Calendula ‘Zeolights’ Calendula officinalis
Calendula ‘Porcupine’ Calendula officinalis
Giant Angelica Angelica gigas
Love-in-a-mist – Very pale blue/white Nigella damascena Edible seeds
Nasturium ‘Empress of India’
7-up Plant Stachys coccinea
Castor Bean Ricinus communis
Mexican marigold Tithonia rotundifolia
Malva alcea ‘Fastigiata’
Sunflower, several varieties
Morning glory ‘Grandpa Ott’ and other varieties
Balloon flower Platycodon grandiflorum (also medicinal)
Flowering tobacco Nicotiana sylvestris
And lots more random seed packets!