Garden Notes for Seedy Folks (Underwater)

On Saturday we celebrated the Solstice in the dank gloom of this unseasonable cold and wet June. Since we could not have the customary outdoor bonfire, we lit a candle. I thought about our poor peppers, sitting in saturated mud, and the tomatoes with their toes testing the temperature of a few inches of standing rainwater. I also thought about each of you, hoping your gardens were surviving the weather. I thought about all the first time gardeners; rest assured, budding green thumbs, that this has been one of the most difficult springs in memory.

This season has been full of challenges here at Seedy Farm. It reminds me that no matter how hard we work, or how experienced or inexperienced we may be, as gardeners and farmers we must learn to work with what is: the weather, weeds, the slugs, flooding, deer. Growing is a continual process of letting go. Using organic techniques and open-pollinated plants is an acceptance that we can't control nature. By working with, not against, the natural world we become a part of or local ecosystems and contribute to the health and vitality of our communities.

As we continue to learn what two people can accomplish running a homestead farm and Seed Library, Doug and I have come to realize that we need to accept our own limitations in terms of energy, time, and focus. This means allowing the Seed Library to change in ways that make the most sense for the current conditions. We may lose some seed crops this year, to flooding or deer, but many will thrive. One change we are making is that the newsletter has become a blog. The blog format allows us to update when we have time, add quick seed saving tips more frequently, and cut down on the number of emails we send. We hope you will all find that the blog format is useful to you as well.

You will not receive these blog posts in your email inbox. However, there are many ways to follow the blog. You can visit the home page of the website at anytime and scroll down to see the most recent blog post. You can visit the blog archives, sign up for RSS, or follow us on Twitter where I post blog updates as well as relevant articles and happenings.  We will continue to use this email list for workshop and event announcements, online sales, and to let you know when the annual catalog is ready.

Thanks again for being part of our seed saving community. The sun will shine again, the peppers will perk up, the tide will recede, and our gardens will show us what it means to be resilient.

Stay seedy,

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5 thoughts on “Garden Notes for Seedy Folks (Underwater)”

  • Leo

    Keep up the good (gulp) work. It is always refreshing to read honest reports about what is going on in someone's garden. Painfully refreshing. But the world of gardening writers needs more Henry Mitchells to get us through the wet (and dry) spells.

  • Dennis Bressack
    Dennis Bressack 06/23/2009 at 2:30 am

    Great article. It's good to hear that we are all in the same boat, so to speak. Yes, this has been the wettest June in recent memory. The plants in my 3000 sq ft organic garden are in limbo waiting for the sun and warmth to jump start them. My only saving grace is that I plant in raised beds, which keeps them out of the water. Of course, the slugs are having a ball. Every morning I pick them off, and give them a new home in the woods. I have been able to enjoy my baby greens and optimistically keep planting.

  • Lonnie

    Thanks for the update. On Long Island the rain has been getting us pretty hard as well. I planted two boxes with the USB salad seeds, and a bunch of them have bolted. Could it be due to the extreme amount of rain? It certainly isn't from not enough water....


  • Ruth

    Ken , Your photos make me want to cry. Those little seedlings helplessly drowning. I know why mine are not doing well . What a shame. Hopefully , July will bring some great sunshine and we will be on our way to successful planting. I picked out so many rogues, I have nothing left. :-(

  • zazel loven
    zazel loven 06/29/2009 at 9:58 am

    please let me know what a rogue is -
    thank you!


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