This would be wonderful. I just bought 70 mg of Burpee Chamomile seed
for 1.79. This equates to US$ 11,600.00 per pound.
Can you cite a responsible reference where I can read about the
EJ in NJ
If you need german chamomile seeds, I got tons...literally...it has become a
weed on our property...and it gets tall...over 5ft...I would pay people to
take the seeds I harvested last year if I had the money to pay them...
Add to this the 2008 acquistion of Netherlands based De Ruiter Seeds.
"Unlike the Seminis business, which is primarily directed at the
open-field vegetable market, the bulk of De Ruiter's business is for
greenhouse growers, known as the "protected culture market," which
Monsanto said is the fastest-growing area of the vegetable seed
Good compilation of info, Billy. And thanks for the Stromme cite.
Ya' know, this brings up another problem, involving supporting your
local nursery and grower. What is the source of their seed?
Not the open pollenated seeds, at least not yet, but Mon$anto et al. are
buying them up and discontinuing them. That is where Seed Savers
Exchange comes in <http://www.seedsavers.org/ .
There are good nurseries that support open pollinated seeds like Nichols
SQ9H>, Victory Seed Company <http://www.victoryseeds.com/ , Fedco Seeds <http://www.fedcoseeds.com/ , and others, so we aren't quite up against
it yet. Learning to save seeds, would benefit us all.
"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being
Ha....you must be another of those kooks! ;-)
One of the problems with saving seed, at least in my experience, and
not having acres and acres upon which to grow, is variety selection.
Fer instance, we like three varieties of cucumber, Japanese Climbing,
Suyo Long, and Yamato Extra Long... and at least two of us are
unwilling to budge....at some point we're going to have to come to
agreement on one variety/year for three years, or go thru the caging
routine and all that.....feh.
Many veggies don't require strictness to prevent cross-pollination,
but some do, as you know.
One also needs to observe what, if anything, the neighbors are
Finding others in your area, or joining seedsavers, is a way to spread
varieties around and maintain purity.
Anyway, just my nickels worth about one problematic factor for me. I
want to grow them all!!!
Charlie, playin' with his crayola mainly
Oh sure, but doing something is better than doing nothing.
I find I am getting more "crazy" (radical) about plant- and
wildlife-related things as time passes.
My neighbors? They are not on the same wavelength at all.
Sigh. People are so... ?blind? ?uncaring?
For those of us who do see, this is puzzling at best. Shouldn't
the life of the planet, of its flora and fauna, outweigh things
like monoculture lawns?
I was thinking about this a tad (well, I frequently think about
the issue as a whole, since there are constant reminders of it in
life) and thought I would relate one little thing. I knew that a
former relationship had NO hope when the other party said casually
said that he used pesticides and herbicides to appease his
neighbors. Casually. As if it made no difference!
It would be nice for all if like-minded people could live in some
sort of community. I had hoped to move someplace where MY views
would not bother neighbors, but now I have no idea where I am
I am rambling....
Think of us as a bell some saints some evil with a lot of real folks in
Got watch our with the idea that before you can comment one has to
remove the stake in ones own eye.
Your other may have changed in time.
A commune ! Well communes are made of people some like "The Farm aka
Steven Haskin's" and some like "Jonestown aka Jim Jones" . Like minded
folks may sound neat but differences may promote growth and afford the
idea of progress to unfold. Nation states can fall in this likeness
trap very easily.
No one will notice if you take a low key approach and keep your views
to yourself . Where ever you move to there you are . Hippie stuff
could hell myself.
I'm attracted to rambling myself but also encourage social
interaction / studies. May learn new tricks :))
Bill Reminded of Richard Feyman's book title. "What do you care what
anyone else thinks."
"Seed to Seed" -- By Suzanne Ashworth.
Can't recommend it enough.
This book is "The Holy Writ" (credit for the dubbing to Gary) of
seedsaving and well worth the money. The link I posted also has an
amazing collection of heirlooms and you get good measure for your
money. I've been using them for a long time. They are deserving of
I buy various seed brands. I wish I could purchase Shaker seeds, but
recently I was looking for flat-leaf parsley seeds at Home Depot. They
had Ferry Morse (1.89) or Burpee (1.09) for a packet. The amount of
seeds was not important, so I bought the Burpee which contained more
seeds than I need (I will save most of these for next year). To my
surprise the Burpee packet contained a smaller sealed foil packet to
keep the seeds fresh. Never seen this before, but I give Burpee a
thumbs up for packaging. I will have to see how many of the 55 seeds
germinate in the 10" pot.
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