ALMOST FOUR WEEKS AGO, I JOINED DAVE’S GARDEN (DG) to take advantage of the seed trading forum that they offer their members. See my original post on seed trading for the details. I picked DG to get started because they offered beginners like me a “kick start” package of free non-hybrid seeds to get the process started. After all, you can’t really trade seeds unless you’ve started saving seeds first.
On Wednesday my seed package from DG arrived. I was pleasantly surprised by the volume of seeds in the package. There were 29 seed packages included in my bubble envelope.
As you might expect, I’m a little skeptical about what kind of success I’ll have with germination. Still there were several varieties that I’m excited to be planting. I’m particularly interested in the Chiaggia beets, Bloomsdale spinach, red sails lettuce, endive and marigolds. At this stage of the process, it seems to be a pretty good investment for only $5 for the membership fee plus postage.
Marigolds and Beets
I was planning on starting marigolds from seed this year, so I was pleased to see three different types of marigold seeds in the package. I’ve typically included marigolds as companion plants to help prevent pests like hornworms and aphids where they could be a problem. My mother and grandmother always planted marigolds in their gardens to repel pests. My wife’s family, too. So I’m kind of maintaining the tradition.
I probably would have purchased Bull’s Blood organically-grown beet seeds instead. If seed trading is too much trouble or you want to buy seeds from a reputable source, you can get Bull’s Blood beet seeds from Amazon through this link:
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