although it is nowhere near time to start any seeds, i thought i would do an inventory of our seeds here on the blog for future reference and to get ready for starting our seeds in the next few weeks. jambaloney is going to build us an access database so that i can sort through and return report metrics on our seeds, but he has just been too busy with other stuff. however, we both realize that if we are going to do this "homestead" thing and try to grow as much of our own food as possible - then the happpy-go-lucky manner in which we used to garden back in the city will have to change. of course, i will keep hardcopies of our inventory as well!
oh and a nifty thing about the Manor? the previous owner appears to have been very interested in herbology - he left 3 big binders full of hand-written notes about different herbs, their use for a variety of ailments, and how best to take each one: tea, infusion, in food or topically. as i have been interested in herbology for years, i was quite pleased by this find! he also planted several herbs like chives and rosemary - both of which were thriving last summer. the only problem is that they self-seeded all over the front lawn!!! i, of course, saved seed from both herbs as the chives were to die for and the rosemary too! i will be digging up both from the lawn and moving them to a more appropriate place this spring. regardless, i have bags of saved seed from them to last several lifetimes!!!
in addition to that - we have naturally-occurring medicinal herbs growing wild and all over the place here - such as St. John's Wort, Heal All and Evening of Primrose!!! Can you believe that?!?!?! so of course, we have bags of dried flowers from all of these, as well as saved seeds from each.
for now i am inventorying our herb seed. a lot of these herbs will self-seed and come back once established, but i still think it is important to have extra seed on hand to share and trade. i think being able to grow your own food is an incredibly necessary skill to have if SHTF - but i think that it is an essential skill to be able to save seed from that food that you grow to be able to provide for yourself, and others, in the future, if S really does HTF!
oh and one last thing - all of our seeds are certified organic and GMO-free!
AMARANTH: hopi red dye, polish, elephant head
BASIL: low growing lemon, purple ruffles, sweet, greek, italian large leef
BEE BALM: panorama
BORAGE: blue, white
CHIVES: regular, and seed saved from the ones that were already growing here
CILANTRO/CORIANDER: calypso, confetti
CLOVER: red and naturally-occurring
CONEFLOWER: narrow-leaved and from seed saved 2 yrs ago
CRYSANTHEMUM: edible shungiku
FEVERFEW: flore pleno
FOXGLOVE: common, large yellow
HEAL ALL: naturally-occuring
LAMB'S QUARTERS: good king henry and naturally-occurring
LAVENDER: hidcote blue, lady, butterflies
LEMON BALM: common and from seed saved 2yrs ago
NASTURTIUM: strawberry cream, whirlybird, alaska, empress of india
OREGANO: vulare, greek
PARSLEY: champion curled, italian
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE: naturally-occuring
SAGE: garden, white, painted
SAVOURY: summer, winter
ST. JOHN'S WORT
THYME: summer, magic carpet, english
well that's the list of our herb seed. i am still on the lookout for bergamot, sumac and sorrel. i am going to ask jambaloney's mom to get me some sumac - it grows all over ontario but not here in cape breton.
next up will be an inventory of our vegetable and fruit seed.