Getting Seeds Organized for 2018

I’m an organization junkie.

Knowing where things are, what I have, and what I might need just makes me feel better—this is true with everything from the pantry to the closet to the garden. (I read that sentence to my husband who smirked and rolled his eyes because he knows it’s true!)

I try to keep my seeds organized throughout the growing season but things get a bit messy by late fall. So, I spent some time recently going through my seeds to get them re-organized.

Here’s before:

Relatively organized but I took the time to throw out empty seed packets, make a list of replacements, think about what I could justify buying, and set aside giveaways.

And here’s after:

I group seeds in both main and sub categories. Like this:

  • Cold weather
    • Greens – lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, etc.
    • Peas
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Turnips
    • Bok choy
    • Etc.
  • Hot weather
    • Tomatoes
    • Beans
    • Cucumbers
    • Squashes
    • Etc.
  • Herbs
  • Annuals
  • Giveaways

Now I can get started on the fun stuff – browsing my favorite seed catalogs and ordering new seeds for 2018!

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Are We Worthy? Thoughts on Bears Ears

I want to shout “Yes, this nation IS worthy.” But are we?

Teddy Roosevelt quote, my Grand Canyon picture

In 2012, the husband and I took a fabulous road trip through Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon among other places. The beauty and cultural significance of this part of our country cannot be overstated.

This is not a political post. Instead, it’s an awareness post. News comes at a fast and furious pace these days. It’s not always easy to keep up nor is it always to get to the heart of the matter. I’ve spent some time reading about Bears Ears over the past week and have found a couple of resources that resonated with me personally.

So, if you want to read more about Bears Ears and what the recent decision could mean, check out this article. Also, check out The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition if you want to help Native American tribes.

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What I’m Listening To: Pollinator Pathway

We all know about the plight of honeybees. In fact, most save the bees campaigns focus on them. However, did you know honeybees aren’t native to North America and were imported to the United States in the 1600s?

And, did you know the myriad of native bees, butterflies, moths, and other native pollinators also need help?

Want to learn more? Listen to this podcast.

In Defense of Plants founder Matt Candeias recently interviewed Sarah Bergmann. She is the founder & director of the Pollinator Pathway. It’s a long podcast but well worth your time. You’ll learn about things like ecological judo and the lack of biodiversity in farms.

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