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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 7, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
This thread is a contest for the Piggy Swap members. Anybody is welcome to post and share their thoughts though prize is only for the swap members.

Here is the rules:

Tell what makes you a seedaholic. You may make as many posts as you want. Contest will run until I get ready to send out seed boxes. When I get ready to send out the seed boxes we will have a voting box to see who had the best post. The winner will receive a surprise in their box. Thumbs up

Example: You know your a seedaholic when... You can't stand to be seperated from your seed, go to sleep and wake up, can't hear, only to find you fell asleep in a pile of seeds and now have one stuck in your ear.

Ok, so have fun and let's hear what makes you a seedaholic. Hilarious!

ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 7, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Well, it seems so easy to answer that question, but it's not.
I'm a seedaholic because I want to grow every wild plant from anywhere in the world that will grow in my zone 6. For that reason I'm always exchanging seeds and I also collect seeds in the wild. Sometimes I only see seeds and don't know what plant it is. That causes sometimes problems because once I collected seeds of a very invasive plant, the Tussilago farfara. The seedheads looked so beatiful Hilarious! Although I got a lot of requests for the seeds (it's a medicinal plant), it took me 4 years to get rid of it Rolling on the floor laughing And to be honest: I never want to grow that plant again. Thumbs down
I'm also a seedaholic because I always try to harvest seeds from my plants. I always harvest too much seeds, so I end up with too much seeds of some plants.
But I'm also a seedaholic because I think saving seeds will help to keep diversity and let endangered plants keep alive.
And like all the other seedaholics - from early spring when the first seeds are ripe until late autumn- I'm always thinking about seed gathering and which people I can make happy with the seeds.
And I think you all will recognize this: Husband/children want some attention, but you say: sorry, I really have to check these seed offers first, those seeds are gorgeous, I really must 'oink' for those. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
And last, but not least, I'm also a seedaholic because my gardenfriends from all over the world are offering me often seeds I can't refuse *Blush*
ImageArleneB
Jan 7, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I can't top that!
Imagechristine00
Jan 7, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
i'm a seedaholic cause i want to try every pretty flower and veggie out there! its just such a joy to see those little seeds sprouting, totally makes my day! Hilarious! nothing better then seeing the seeding tray full of little green rows of baby plants and transplanting them and watching them grow through late winter when everything is ugly and brown outside. it helps that i have a greenhouse and that we sell flowers Rolling on the floor laughing keeps my place from being completely overrun!
and its so fun to look forward to seeing the blooms and know that you started them all from seed! seeds are just so full of promise and so fun to dream all winter of all the beautiful things to come! how exciting!!
Imagejoseph
Jan 8, 2014 1:59 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I am a seedaholic because I love eating. Most of the foods that I eat were grown from a seed, or ate something that was grown from a seed. Seafoods would be the one exception, but living more than 600 miles from an ocean I don't eat much seafood.

I am a seedaholic because when I grow from seeds that I save myself I can select for tastes that are most pleasing to my taste buds. I can get robust flavors and glorious textures that are not available in commercial varieties. I can select for plants that produce more food in my very difficult climate. In some cases because I grow from genetically diverse seeds I can even select for unusual traits that allow an otherwise unsuitable species to produce food in my garden. Last summer I was finally able (barely) to grow Mixta squash and Runner beans after years of failure.

I am a seedaholic because it satisfies my ego to think that I might be leaving the world a bit better for my children and neighbors. I am a seedaholic because it connects me to a line of farmers stretching back to a time before writing existed. I am a seedaholic because I daydream about leaving behind new centers of diversity to be discovered by scientists after the next dark age. I am a seedaholic because I fantasize about domesticating additional species and even about creating new species.

I am a seedaholic because I love running my fingers through seeds, and sorting them. I love threshing, and stomping, and winnowing. I love beating bean vines with a stick and pulling the husks from corn to see what wonderful colors are inside. I love putting multicolored lots of beans or corn into bottles as decoration. I love out-clevering the birds that would voraciously eat the sunroot seed. I love figuring out ways to store seeds to keep them safe from bugs and mice.

I am a seedaholic because it allows me to hang out with other seedaholics, and that is a great place to hang out. I am a seedaholic because my garden produces a multitude of common ordinary seeds which can be swapped for exciting fascinating seeds. Meh corn seed for glorious dahlias? Heck ya! Who wouldn't make a swap like that?

I am a seedaholic because I love popping corn and boiling beans.

I love the smells. The earthy smell of chard seeds, the fruity smell of muskmelon seeds, the poisonous smell of potato seeds, and the doughy smell of wheat.

I love the textures of seeds: large smooth runner beans, rough beet seed, small smooth rolly-polly radish seeds. I really disliked the caltrop-shaped spiky seeds that showed up in my spinach landrace, but those have been deselected.

I love the sound of seeds being winnowed: The sharp staccato of bean seeds falling into a steel bowl and the gentle pitter-patter of turnip seeds. I love to hear gourd seeds rattling around in a dried up fruit. I giggle when I think about the sound of seeds shifting in a box to startle the recipient.

I am a seedaholic because I love filling my truck with vegetables to take to the farmer's market to fill bellies. I really really love that, not just a little. I love tossing corn to the chickens and collecting eggs until that fateful day when I break their necks and feed them to my family. I love eating!!!

Oh. Did I mention that I am a seedaholic? But what would become of me if I changed? I think that my entire personality would become unhinged and destabilized if I repented of being a seedaholic.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imageevelyninthegarden
Jan 8, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
I remember when I was small and my parents had a "Victory Garden". I remember that they let me plant some of the seeds. I remember the small carrot seeds. And then later I ate the thinnings...I was told why we had to thin them.

I remember the pea seeds. and the later I went out to help harvest the peas. And I ate more peas raw than got to the kitchen. Later on I got to plant some beans from seed. Later on I helped snap the beans, and helped to shuck the corn.

Todays' children do not know where their food came from...packages...from a store?? All children should know seeds. But of course, maybe a few will grow up to be seedaholics, but will that be such a bad thing?

Maybe that is the reason I have become a seedaholic. I want to grow my own food and take joy in the harvest, though I am not always so successful. A couple of years went by, with DH watering and weed-whacking the garden areas. It took me 2 years at a very slow pace, to get the areas cleared.

I am now in my 70's, but that will not deter me. I have survived a few surgeries...a knee replacement, 3 shoulder surgeries and another kind of surgery. Those are behind me now, and I am getting stronger now. Each year is getting better.

I have even been able to improve the ornamental areas and remove deer food into the fenced garden area. Of course, that is where I also plant my seeds for food. Tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, cilantro, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, carrots, beets,squash, melons, rosemary, oregano, thyme. Most of this is grown from seed. I try something new every year.

Of course I love annuals, biennials and perennials. I was sad to have to move all of my daylilies into the fenced garden area, as it was to be more room for food plants, but they were food plants for the deer. So I replaced them with several kinds of juniper, santolina, euphorbia, rosemary, lavender and boxwood. I am trying to make it look interesting, though usually "landscape plants" can be boring. It will remain to be seen. I had other interesting plants in that "Hot Bed" of which featured the warmer hues that my husband loves.

Due to many of you, I am beginning to learn how to save seeds of flowers and my own vegetables, as before I bought them or traded for them.

to be continued...

Imageevelyninthegarden
Jan 8, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
You know you are a seedaholic when you have a under-the-bed storage bin filled with seeds, that are actually under your bed! Hilarious!

(Out of the way and safe!)
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Lilydaydreamer
Jan 8, 2014 8:03 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY
You know you are a seedaholic when you purposely use up the condiments on the door shelf in the refrigerator just to make room to stratify your seeds!
LOL. "Mom, why are we having ketchup soup sprinkled with French fries?"

Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Lilydaydreamer
Jan 8, 2014 8:09 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY
You know you are a seedaholic when you spend hours, days, weeks, winter months planning crosses and dreaming about what traits the crosses will bring should you succeed. Lovey dubby
Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Imagerisingcreek
Jan 10, 2014 6:12 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
the double bed in the spare room is covered with boxes of seeds all filed in envelopes alphabetically
(and you want more seeds)

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ImageArleneB
Jan 10, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh my gosh, I am such an amateur!
Imageevelyninthegarden
Jan 10, 2014 9:40 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
risingcreek wrote:the double bed in the spare room is covered with boxes of seeds all filed in envelopes alphabetically
(and you want more seeds)

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I was going to send you some seeds, but it looks like you already have plenty.
Imagejoseph
Jan 11, 2014 12:58 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Oh no! Rising Creek, sorry about the seeds that I sent. They are 540319... Doesn't look like there is a box for them, and no additional room on the bed. Oh no!!!
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 11, 2014 3:43 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
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poisondartfrog
Jan 11, 2014 4:03 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Hilarious!
Imagerisingcreek
Jan 11, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I wish there was some cure for seedaholicism, but I just love all those little packets of seeds. All that promise of lovely flowers, or tasty veggies in those seed packets!!!
I do give a lot of my seeds away on a newbie seed project on another site. ( while I have a separate stash of newbie seeds that are donated, lots of times what people request arent in that stash, so I take from mine).

Also have an issue with bargains, Lovey dubby if a site sells, say 20 seeds for $1.00 and then sells 100 seeds of that same thing for $2.00 I go for the 100 seeds every time, even though I know I will never use the 100 seeds, it gives me more to trade or give away.

If my internet were taken away for the winter I would save so much money!

Evelyn- if you were going to send seeds to me for the newbie project, feel free. all donations greatfully accepted, and all go to newbies.
Imagegreene
Jan 11, 2014 5:31 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
All I can add is that I went to change the sheets on the bed and found a seed pod and some loose seeds under the pillow. I have no idea how they got there or what kind they are.

I dream of seeds!
ImageArleneB
Jan 11, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
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Imagejoseph
Jan 11, 2014 11:36 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Y'all are so funny with seeds in the bed. I don't allow seeds in the bed, except for the popcorn I can't quite get from the bowl to my mouth. And the beans that I spill when sorting. And what falls from the shelf above the bed. And what creeps out of my pockets when I lay down. And what the cat drags in from frolicking on the back porch where I winnow. Uh... Never mind. Forget that I mentioned not having seeds in the bed.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagejoseph
Jan 11, 2014 11:38 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

You know that you are a seedaholic when you put on your favorite pea planting jacket, and put your hands in the pockets to find the packet of seeds that you planted a year ago while wearing the perfect pea planting jacket.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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