Dreaming of Planting

We’ve bought our seeds and finished our preliminary garden plans.  I’ve mapped out the gardens, in my mind, and I imagine them all prolific and weed-free.

But as I type this the ground is frozen solid and covered in ice and snow.  We won’t be planting any gardens anytime soon.  Now is the time for dreaming of them.

We try to source as many of our seeds from local sources as possible.  But this year we’ve ordered lots of seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and from Johnny’s.  We’re trying lots of new varieties and moving to mostly organic seeds.

We’ll also be doing more of our own starts this year and trying to avoid purchasing transplants. 

The response to the CSA has been excellent.   We have several new folks signed up and we’re excited to become (hopefully) a part of improving the quality of their lives.

It’s going to be a great year.

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4 comments on “Dreaming of Planting

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    own starts – I did that in 1976 back yard Millburn, NJ, suburb

    • Bill says:

      I’ve been relying mostly on transplants I’ve gotten from other growers the past few years. Trying to make the transition to doing it all ourselves (even though we don’t have a green house).

  2. shoreacres says:

    I found the most extraordinary business biography of George Hormel while I was poking around learning about Spam and meat-packing. Here’s the paragraph that finally caught me, slowed me down and sent me back to read the entire section entitled “Business Development”.

    His inability to compete directly with the Big Five, but still operate a profitable packinghouse, led Hormel to devise a business strategy that emphasized quality over quantity and innovation over imitation. Years of experience in the meat business provided Hormel with the knowledge necessary to develop and produce quality products.

    “Quality was our only defense against the competition we had to meet from the big packers,” he wrote. “I constantly hammered home the need for improving our working methods to the end that we could produce superior food while reducing costs.” Reasoning that “by never ceasing to aim at perfection we should one day reach a quality-conscious group able and willing to pay for the best of anything,” Hormel saw an opportunity to create a niche market.

    The entire biography is fascinating, and the section on Business Development is clearly marked. You can find it here.

    • Bill says:

      That’s great. Having read Sinclair’s The Jungle recently, I’m pleased to see that Hormel was not an Armour. There are plenty of opportunities to sacrifice quality for profit in the food business.

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