It’s time to start seeds for spring planting. The University of Central Arkansas’s Sociology Department loaned us space in their anthropology lab to start our seedlings this year. Our greenhouse isn’t suitable for that. Dr. Bowne and several members of his Environmental Anthropology class are helping us out. We sure do appreciate their generosity!
Our tomato varieties include Ozark Pink, Green Zebra and a few more. We’re trying some hotter peppers this year like Chocolate Habanero, but we’re also growing some sweet ones, too. There’s an assortment of herbs and flowers, which include a gorgeous black hollyhock that Thomas Jefferson grew at Monticello. We’re excited about planting two varieties of potatoes in a couple of weeks. And, of course, we’ll be planting a lot more stuff, but you’ll have to come out to the garden to find out exactly what!
We’ve got several events planned at the public library this week, and they all focus on the wonder of seeds. Join us for our first meeting of the Green Reader Book Club on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:30. We’re discussing The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray. Thursday, February 5th we’re screening the documentary Seed Swap at 7:00 and will have one of the filmmakers on hand to introduce the film. And, on Sunday we’re having the Faulkner County Seed Swap from 11:00 until 2:00. It’s free and fun for all ages, so stop by.
Did you know Faulkner County Public Library created the first seed library in Arkansas? Seed libraries are important and so are seed swaps, but unfortunately, there’s a growing concern that they’ll be shut down. Saving and trading seeds are as old as agriculture itself. Click here and here to read more about this threat and what you can do to help.
Dark leafy greens are what's in season, and we're dying to try this interesting spinach soup!
Until next time, happy gardening and seed starting!