It's that time of year when it still looks and feels like winter here in North Idaho, yet the thought of gardening needs to take place. Moh and I plan on having our own garden about equal to last year, but we also plan on having a greater involvement on the community garden project here in Sandpoint. Moh attended a meeting the other day with the Sandpoint Mayor, the Park Director, and the City Planner. The goal is to create a community garden in one of the city parks. Moh attended as the garden designer although the intention is to have several people involved collectively on the project. So far the plan has the go-ahead as long as the the plans are accepted and a non-profit group sponsors the project (for insurance reasons or something). Water will also be an issue because the city will not pay for the water. Anyhow we are hopeful that it will work out.
Getting to the cheap seed part, I recently found a seed company called Rougeland Seeds out of Oregon. They offer a bundle of 100 seed packets for only $40.00. The variety is great and are all heirloom open pollinated varieties. I figure it will an ideal purchase for ourselves and to be able to donate the extra seeds to the community garden. We also have friends that want just a few seeds for a very small garden or a container garden so we should have enough to simply give to them. I was a bit hesitant to buy that many seeds because I had already placed an order with Uprising Seeds which is a small Pacific Northwest seed company that sells only locally grown organic seeds. Still I feel with all of the extra seeds I will be able to provide a service to others by giving out seeds. So anyhow, heres to the upcoming garden season. I can't wait to get all of my seeds and start doing some indoor starts. Hopefully we'll be able to preserve even more food than last year.
Gorgeous Chard From Last Season