We have just returned from the 31st annual Guelph Organics Expo held at the University of Guelph campus, and their theme this year was called ‘Seeds of Cooperation’. Our purpose for going was to in fact buy seeds for our mini-indoor greenhouse, so it was ironic that seeds were the focus of this year’s event. We bought a few varieties of spinach, lettuce, and mini heirloom tomatoes – to keep it simple until we can move some of our plants outside in the Spring. In case you haven’t noticed, we are living in a metropolis area, which means the only ‘land’ we have rests six floors up in a pot.
This gave me inspiration for a series of posts I hope to put together in the coming weeks, including indoor/balcony/city gardening, GMO seed and the risk associated with them for farmers and the public, as well on updates on our attempts at being ‘farmers’ (… just as a side note, although I am passionate about food, and read about it to near excessive ends, my thumb is far from being green…)
But for this post, I wanted to show the different types of seeds we purchased. I was really surprised how different looking similar varieties were! Using a trusty quarter for scale, I hope you find the differences amazing too (especially the spinach!)
This first set are from Urban Harvest Garden Alternatives who produce open-pollinated, organic seed.
Peacevine Cherry Tomato (lycopersicon lycopersicum).. selected solely on the name..
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
Italian Large Leaf Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This next batch is from The Cottage Gardener. This company is also dedicated to preserving and producing organic, heirloom seed.
Long Standing Bloomsdale Spinach (est. 1925)
Strawberry Spinach – centuries old, originated in Europe, actually produces a strawberry-like edible red fruit!
Heriloom Romaine Lettuce Mix
Any finally, we were given a packet of Marconi Bush Beans from Greta’s Organic Gardens and USC Canada and their Seeds of Survival campaign which promotes the importance of saving seed and its connections to global betterment and food security/ food sovereignty. This is my area of interest and I will be posting soon on just exactly what this means, hows its different from ‘food security’ and how we can all take part!