Popping down to the post box is one of my favorite things. Sometimes a bright red envelope bursts from the box or a happy postcard from far away. I may even find a brown paper package all tied up with sting… This week, blue box no 48 has revealed two delightful surprises.
First, my latest consignment of open pollinated seeds arrived from Living Seeds. A fat envelope bursting with treasures. As you are no doubt aware, many of the commercial seeds we buy are hybridised and often the seed they produce is not viable when planted again. This means we have to keep on buying seed rather than saving our own seeds to plant. Open pollinated seeds are those pollinated naturally, by wind, insects, birds. Each season, seed we produce in our own gardens becomes better adapted to local conditions. Seed companies focus attention on just a few types of seeds so by saving seeds we contribute to the genetic divestiy of our food supply and local food security. Living Seeds also supply some interesting old fashioned heirloom varieties – check them out. www.livingseeds.co.za and also www.organicseeds.co.za
I just have to hurry up and eat all the lettuce flourishing in my beds to make space for the detroit dark red beetroot, green sprouting broccoli, purple dragon carrots, yellow pear tomatoes, meter long green beans and red ruby chard. How exciting!
The next treat was the arrival of a copy of ‘Grow to Live’ by Pat Featherstone of SOIL. Charmingly wrapped by the organisers, Yuppie Chef, in pink paper and funky straw and sealed with tape which declared “life’s too short to flip an egg with any run-of-the-mill spatula!”
I won this book by joining the recent Eat for the Earth Campaign held on World Environment Day. What a lovely idea that was – I hope they will repeat the event next year. I already have a copy of ‘Grow to Live’ which I consider the most wonderful food growing resource and look forward to giving my extra copy away to someone special. It is South African and relevant in so many ways. To quote the cover “a simple guide to growing your own good clean food”. Pat Featherstone is a true food hero and believes that “simple abundance” is the way to live. I couldn’t agree more. For me, one of life’s greatest luxuries is being able to pick fresh greens right outside the back door. Look up www.soilforlife.co.za They have some delightful videos to watch about the important work they do.
I think I’ll make my next post about the Eat for the Earth lunch…