A few days back, single digit temperatures, nine-degrees to be exact fell upon Brown County, Ohio. I was shopping at Wal-Mart for paint for the bathroom when unexpectedly I saw gardening stuff. My cart, as if it had a mind of its own, made an abrupt left. I was in gardener’s paradise.
I couldn’t believe that Wal-Mart had their seed packets out in January. Ecstatically I was ready to purchase some, then I remembered
I had an order already written out and ready to send to Heirloom Seeds an organic seed supplier. Reluctantly, I put the seed packets back in their rack, determined to do organic whenever possible.
Now you may not think buying organic is that big a deal but let me tell you it really is. The non-organic seeds have absorbed so much of the herbicide/pesticide chemicals that they are resistant when sprayed with weed killer. Do a study on organic and you will be surprised?
My first lesson, that really sank in for me as to why organic is best, was when I was doing some spot -spraying with Round Up on our pumpkin patch weeds. As I read the label, I was freaking out at the warnings. Throw your clothes away if you spill it on them; Don’t wash with other clothes; Don’t breathe the spray and on and on. Oh my gosh, I thought, Is this crap going to kill me or the weeds first? Why am I messing with this? I viewed it as a threat from then on.
That was the beginning of the Organic Movement here at Cherry Ridge Farms. I’m not totally green by any means, but I am when I can. I read the labels now. I feel like the choice is ours as to what or how much we put into our bodies. Would you want to drink a ½ cup of chemicals & hormones etc. or would you like the whole cup? Of course we would like not to have any, but less is best. In other words, buying organic makes sense. Little by little, try to be organic and healthy. Life matters doesn’t it? We don’t get another life.
We buy freezer beef and have done so for quite a few years returning to our roots on the farms we grew up on. Here’s my latest info on that one. The beef or dairy may not be feed hormones or antibiotics as listed on the advertising label, but the corn fed to our livestock may very well be the corn that has been modified to resist the chemical sprays our large scale farmers use these days. Now, I see why grass fed can be better, unless, your organic farmer can prove the corn fed to the beef has been raised organically. Bottom line, homegrown on your farm or from a local, reputable farmer is best. Then you know exactly what goes into your belly.
Needless to say, I put the seed packets back on the rack and headed out of the isle determined to stick-to-my-guns and buy organic seeds. Much to my surprise on the end of the header rack, I saw, as I made my turn, Burpee Organic Seeds. God is good, I thought. I had no idea they had an organic line but they too see the movement toward going by to the basics, going organic.
“Can you believe it,” I told the other seed- shopping -maniac in the store isle with me. “It’s nine degrees outside and we are buying seeds like it is May.”
“Positive thinking,” she smiled in heavenly bliss, as she added another seed packet to her fistful already.
I smiled too. We were in gardener’s paradise.
I have always loved seed packets. In fact, just the other day I remembered as a kid of nine, maybe ten, I mailed in for a Seed Selling Kit listed in the newspaper edition of Grit. I loved it then, I love it now. The plain seed packets were ten-cents each and came in a very nice display box. I loved holding the seed packets, but not as fond of door- to- door sales. Thanks to my mom and grandmother and aunt who always bought me out. My sales venture didn’t last long, but the memory did and a dear one at that. So let your kids try new things. I’m not in sales but I am still in the seed business, so to speak.
Planting a hanging basket, placed in front of a south facing window. Should have a harvest about March 17th. or sooner.
This morning, as you can see from the photo, I am going to plant a lettuce mixture. This recycled hanging pot from my porch Petunias will serve another purpose. I put it in my writing den, on top of the wooden box in front of my upstairs, southern facing window. It gets toasty warm when the sun is shining. In a week or so, I should have little green shoots coming up. That is always so exciting. In about fifty days or sooner, I should have something I can harvest. It is recommended to plant every two weeks for a continuous supply. Mid February, I will sow my cold frame, which before the cold snap, I was still picking lettuce and spinach in January. Unbelievable, I know, a first for me to extend a harvest that long. Sadly, the weather has been too cold to get started on my birthday greenhouse I told you about in a previous post.
Right now though, I am in heaven sowing seeds, looking to the future and recalling some fond memories from my childhood. I am anxious to eat a salad from the seeds sown this morning.
Today, send your seed catalog order, read up on going green or being organic. Sow something in the soil and enjoy some winter fun!
Sherry Mitchell-Farm Girl
To plant a garden is to believe in the future………..