Chic Sustainability has moved to its new and improved location– chicsusatianbilty.com!
In my mind, a successful garden is the foundation of our new lifestyle. Growing our own food fulfills our need to cut cost, eat better, and be independent. So it makes perfect sense that I am over the moon excited about ordering our seeds. In my opinion, Logan is a little over ambitions with 30+ varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs and grains but what do we have to lose? I have almost no experience gardening, just a small herb garden back in Florida. Logan, on the other hand, grew up with a salsa garden so I will be totally depending on his expertise. Strangely, I am excited about pulling weeds with Amelia. Probably because the cold weather has kept us cooped up in the house.
After reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle we learned about the differences between hybrid and heirloom seeds and decided to plant heirloom. Plants grown from heirloom seeds produce stable, viable seeds meaning they after pollination, the cycle continues like nature intended. Plants from hybrid and genetically modified seeds produce a next generation of seeds that are sometimes sterile and nearly always unstable meaning you are not guaranteed to produce the same quality or variety of plant that the original seeds produced. Hybrid and genetically modified seeds are unreliable for continued food production. This means for us we would have to buy seeds every year and although the yearly cost of seeds is about a quarter of our monthly grocery budget heirloom is still most cost effective.
Then there is the question of organic vs. non-organic. The organic seeds are about 50% more expensive but we figured if we are going to do this we should do it right. This was a decision for our health but we hope that in the long run it will pay our pockets back too. Some day, maybe even this year, we hope to sell our excess crops and dairy products at our local farmers market. We know that organic sells better. Its as simple as that. We bought everything we could organic a few thing were not available.
Logan did some digging around on the inter-webs and found this little site Sustainable Seeds Co. Its not the best web design but we were impressed with the selection and the little back stories of the seeds where and when they originated are super neat. We ordered on Tuesday and our seeds shipped today, Friday. I’d say thats pretty fast service for a 30 item order.
OK, ready for the unveiling of the list?!? DRUM ROLL!!
Organic Allsweet Watermelon
Honey Rock Melon
Organic Brandywine Pink Tomato
Organic Large Red Cherry Tomato
Organic Roma Tomato
Organic Bush Blue Lake 274 Bean (Green Bean)
Organic Golden Acre Cabbage
Organic Tendersweet Carrot
OrganicHomemade Pickle Cucumbers
Original 8-row Golden Bantam Corn
Blue Curled Scotch Dwarf Kale
Organic Buttercrunch Lettuce
Super Red Romaine Lettuce
Organic Cow’s Horn Okra
Organic Red Cipollini Onion
Organic Wala Wala Onion
Organic Green Arrow Pea
Organic Jalepeno M Pepper
Organic Sweet Sunset Italian Pepper Mix
Organic Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
Organic Cocozelle Zucchini Squash
Early Prolific Straightneck Squach
Connecticut Field Pumpkin
Pennsylvania Red Tobacco (apparently Logan is going to grow and dry his own tobacco)
Organic Forest Green Parsley
Our seed shopping extravaganza totaled $86.73 with shipping.
This garden is going to be huge or split, not sure yet. Maybe next post will be our garden plan.
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