Sprouting From Seeds

It’s gardening season. I just have a few more seeds coming in and I’ll get started. But not going to talk about my garden. Going to talk about seed sprouting. Specifically saving seeds from things and sprouting them yourself.

You’ll see all over the Internets, all over gardening magazines, all over the gardening world and plant world that you shouldn’t save seeds from things because they may not be as good as the parent tree/plant/bush. But let’s think about this.

All over the world before a lot of modern practices in agriculture we saved seeds and sprouted things. We cross pollinated to hopefully create better hybrids. We failed and we succeeded. There are over 6,000 apple varieties in the world. Those came from careful selection, random mutations, and chance findings. There are over 10,000 tomato varieties in the world. All from seeds.

So why are you encouraged in so many sources not to save and replant seeds? It really comes down to profit. This ideal of keeping money flowing into people’s hands. Is there a chance you could get inferior plants? Yes. But there is also a chance you could get superior. And there is a chance you could get the exact same thing. But seed companies, want to make money so this idealism that you shouldn’t save seeds was pushed many many many years ago.

So my thoughts. Save your seeds and save some money. Create new varieties. Create more genetic diversity. It is how we keep the human food supply going.

Sprouting From Seeds

Life has gotten so hectic lately. I have this thing to purge such  things and yet I have not been using it. I still feel burned on it. I feel that I should go else where, but at the same time I have this. Since I have it I should use it.

Right now I do not wish to talk about the chaos going on. Right now I want to talk about something I believe strongly in. Climate Change.

Now I have friends all over the spectrum of the topic. That’s fine. Yet I have been asked how I can believe in climate change. For me it is a very very simple thing. I have seen it happening.

I love the outdoors. I love nature. I’m obsessed with plants. And honestly when I was a teenager and young adult I was skeptical about the idea. But I used my own eyes, ears, and hands. My feet took me places. I saw spring coming earlier and earlier. I witnessed the change in streams and rivers. The change in forests and fields. But these are smaller things…. Yet I saw changes in weather. Subtle but still there. Still consistent. I also have seen animal and insect behavior change. These things I saw with my own eyes… But my mind took it even further.

I thought of the world like a garage. We have all our stuff in it. All our things. You park your car in it. If you sit in your garage with your car running what happens? So what happens if we keep pumping shit into our water? Shit into our air? What happens? It’s not going anywhere? Yet we keep sending it up at a faster and faster rate… This can’t be good. It just can’t be.

So with these things I’ve seen. With these thoughts I’ve had. I have been an avid supporter of action for climate change fore many many many many years now. But I become so disheartened by others.