Saving vegetable seeds, sowing resilience

mixed spice seeds

Seed saving might sound like a difficult thing to do, but it’s really not. Plants make seeds, whether we harvest them – or even notice them – or not. It’s just a plant thing to do.

So it’s no great stretch to imagine yourself plucking those seeds and putting them into a jar, is it? If you know how to grow vegetables, you know how to grow vegetable seeds. Continue reading “Saving vegetable seeds, sowing resilience”

Buy vegetable seeds online?


Seeds Now! is once again open for business. They have caught up with their orders, and are accepting new orders now (US delivery only)!

AND! There is a contest on to win a HUGE gob of seeds and seed starting pods, and more!

AND AND! They have weekly draws for super prizes!

Just ignore that stuff below. It was regarding the temporary closure of the shop, due to being swamped with business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and people realizing that they need to have more control over their food. And that’s a good thing. : )

In my past articles, I have suggested that you can buy vegetable seeds online from Seeds Now!

I have just found out that they are not accepting orders at this time. They are swamped with orders that they are trying to fulfill,. You can sign-up to be emailed when they are once again taking orders.

And it looks like most other seed companies are in the same boat. Botanical Interests in the US is still taking orders, although they say their delivery times are a bit slower than usual.

West Coast Seeds in Canada (where I buy my seeds) is also reporting slower delivery times – up to 45 days! And I’m sure it’s the same all over.

Many local nurseries are offering online, email or phone ordering, and curbside pick-up. That way you can support a local business, without the risks of in-store shopping. I think that’s a great way to help your local economy and keep small businesses afloat during these difficult times.

Tempting as it might be to order your seeds online, the delays could put you past your local planting times. So it might be worth your while to phone your local nurseries to see if they are offering curbside pick-up, and support them with your business.

I hope everyone is staying home and staying safe.

Health, Hope & Happiness



What is a permaculture food forest, and how do I get one?

Sketch of a food forest

A food forest is the Holy Grail of permaculture. It’s what so many of us aspire to when we think of the ultimate home food system. It is a system that not only feeds humans and animals, but it can provide for other needs as well, such as crafting and building. It is a stable and long-term system that provides a wide variety of foods, with a minimum of input. Continue reading “What is a permaculture food forest, and how do I get one?”

Vegetable garden ideas: 7 ways to take advantage of all the space in your yard to grow food

roof top planter

You probably think that in order to have a garden you need to have a large flat piece of land with the ideal amount of sun, perfect soil, a rototiller, and any number of tools and amendments. Well…you don’t.

If you have even the smallest yard, you can grow food. If you have some containers, boxes, or anything that will hold soil, you can grow food. And you don’t need any special equipment. Continue reading “Vegetable garden ideas: 7 ways to take advantage of all the space in your yard to grow food”