The 'old' seeds are growing well in my little mini-greenhouse under the deck

There’s something so satisfying about seeing at tray of newly sprouting seeds – perhaps it’s the hope of good things to come, and of course, new life.

I found a large stash of seeds, mostly out of date, in the shed and decided to see if they’d grow despite their old age. I’ve been delighted by the results thus far – I must remember not to throw out out of date seeds in the future…

What instigated my hunt for the seeds – they were in a dark corner of the shed I’d not tackled yet since we moved here – was reading Depletion and Abundance by Sharon Astyk. Once I read past the detailed descriptions of the challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Challenge (which always freak me out), and the author’s suggestions for families to adapt and still enjoy abundance in their lives, I found a list at the back titled “Things you can do to get ready for peak oil, climate challenge and difficult times’.

I love a practical list of things to do, and one of the ideas that struck me most was having a three year supply of seeds to ensure your food security. That seems a lot! But  I guess with that kind of stash you’d be reasonably confident of having the ability to grow a range of your own nutritious food in harsh times, be they environmental, financial, or for health reasons perhaps.

That made curious enough look at what seeds I already had and ponder what I would like to have in a stockpile.

The start of my vegetable garden - the raised beds are a work in progress - soon to be filled with seedlings!

My must-have seed wish list (at the moment) would include:

  • Silverbeet
  • Perpetual Spinach
  • Butternut lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Scarlet runner beans
  • Squash
  • Asian Greens
  • Herbs – basil, sage, oregano, thyme
  • Seed potatoes – pink eye and dutch creams
  • Sunflowers
I’m sure I could easily double that list if I sat down with a tempting seed catalogue…  but they’re the main one’s that I can think  of that would support the way we eat and double as supplemental feed for the beasties.
I can’t imagine purchasing three years worth – though I think being a year ahead could be worth doing if I could store the seeds safely.
Saving seeds from your garden would also be a way to keep a supply without the costs of re-purchasing favourite seeds. My uncle lets some of his metre long zucchinis go to seed each year so he has enough for the next season – a very good idea given he had to get the original seeds from his homeland of Italy whilst on vacation.
Bizarrely enough, after having pondered the difficulties and challenges presented in ‘Depletion and Abundance’, and having already written this post, I picked up today’s newspaper to find it a front page article outlining the potential benefits to agriculture in Tasmania from climate change.

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