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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Okay, it's another image of these colorful Marigolds. I love its kaleidoscope look and feel in the garden. So why not collect these seeds for next spring? Just the other day a neighbor hesitated when I asked if she wanted some for next year. Her response - "I don’t do good with seeds.” Well, if there’s one ‘keep it simple and easy’, Marigolds would fit that bill when it comes to collecting and replanting the seeds for next spring. And if you grow a veggie garden, this is an annual ‘must-have.’ You’ll notice less insect problems with your tomato plants. Plus you can’t beat the bright and cheery color when the rest of the garden is in its ‘growing out’ stage. So if you planted any annuals this season, give a go at drying, storing and collecting seeds for next season. It’s really not a huge investment. Plus, this whole process can be extremely meditative. If they sprout, well, you guessed the upside – it’s incredibly rewarding.
But onto one more thought or Wednesday seed. It’s what’s trending in the garden world for 2014. I mentioned a few trends (per the Garden Media Group) in previous blog postings but this one might seem surprising for this gender & age group. “Young men 18-34 are spending $100 more than the average gardener. They are grilling, growing their own hops for beer, and taking the kids out to play in the dirt.” Maybe it’s that reward factor as John Lubbock wrote years ago. “All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.”
So there you have it - Wednesday’s seeds. It’s a substitute for Wordless Wednesday. I’m always trying to mix it up a bit to hold your interest. P.S. Hopefully for the email subscribers, you’ll receive today’s post and yesterday’s as well. Oh, these daily technical dilemmas. It makes you want to do something meditative. Hmmm, like setting aside time to collect seeds for next spring.
And if you missed the spicy pumpkin soup recipe on Holiday Monday, make sure you check the post link here. It’s great weather for soups and toasting pumpkin seeds.
Image by Ann Bilowz © Wednesday's Seeds (Marigolds)
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