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New! The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition – From Seed To Seed!

The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition:  From Seed To Seed

It’s time! It has been exactly one year since we officially launched The Growing Challenge. And now it’s time to add some spice. So this year, we’re adding a twist for a new advanced level that goes something like this: Grow a new crop from seed this year, nurture it organically, and then successfully harvest enough seeds to grow next year.

This may sound difficult for some of you, and that’s ok. We’re all in it together. But really, this can be very simple if you want it to be (or not, if you want to challenge yourself with more difficult seeds to save!).

The only thing is, you really do need to plan ahead and do a little research. That’s why we’re starting the challenge now! So I’ll provide some information here, but I recommend also picking up a GREAT seed saving book. It’s one of my favorite gardening books, period. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners. You can find it at your local bookstore, library, gardening supply store, or at Seed Savers Exchange (which is a great place to find seed, too).

Here’s Some Enticement…

Why Grow Your Own Food?

1. Growing your own food tastes better and is more nutritious.

2. Gardening is a good workout and improves mental health.

3. By being outdoors among the elements, you can learn about local wildlife, appreciate small beauty, and become one with the seasons.

4. Growing at home reduces your carbon footprint and energy usage. By gardening organically, you eliminate the petroleum products used in farming equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, food packaging, storage, and transportation.

5. You can have fresh, local, organic produce all year long by planting a four-season garden – long past the day your local markets and farms close for the winter.

Why Grow Food From Seed?

1. To save money. It costs just a couple of dollars per packet for many seeds. When you plant starts from a nursery, you pay a lot more per plant. (Hint: if you don’t want a whole pack of seeds, share seeds with other gardeners to save even more money.)

2. For greater variety. The varieties of seeds available are nearly endless – the different flavors, colors, and growth paterns of tomatoes alone is astonishing.

3. To support sustainable farmers who bring you the seeds. You have the option of buying open pollinated, organic, biodynamic, sustainably grown seeds – supporting the environment and farmers alike.

4. To further reduce your carbon footprint. A small seed packet sent in the mail takes much less energy than a much heavier seedling (and its soil) that has most likely been transported long distances from its original home.

5. To become more self-reliant and adaptable to economic changes and energy supply issues.

Why Save Your Own Seed?

1. To save more money. You can grow crops for years without spending a cent on seeds!

2. For fun. There is certainly pleasure in nurturing a plant from seed, learning how it propagates, and actually harvesting the seeds. It’s quite empowering, actually!

3. To preserve biodiversity. By saving heirloom seeds that have been passed on through generations, you can help preserve important crop diversity.

4. To create new varieties with particularly desirable qualities. You can create crops uniquely adapted to your backyard microclimate. Also, you can select seed from the plants with better flavor, greater frost hardiness, earliest blooms, prettiest color, and more.

5. When you are entirely the master of your seed, you know where it has been, from what plant it originated, what has been sprayed on it, what soil it grew in, and important details about how it will grow in your garden.

The Rules Are Simple

1. Plant at least one new crop from seed, grow it organically, and save the seed to plant next year.

2. Check in here when I post Seed To Seed or Growing Challenge posts (more or less once/week). Or if you have your own blog*, you can write about your gardening there instead – or in addition. The point of #2 is to learn from one another, inspire one another, and build our growing community. So please share questions, thoughts, and discoveries as they come up.

3. Sign up in the comments below!

*Please note that you do not need your own blog to join! But do let us know you’re participating by making a comment below, and be sure to check in here (Rule #2)!

Doodad

Here is a doodad you can use to help spread the word and to remind yourself of the challenge. Post it on your blog, place it in your sidebar, and/or print it out and tape it to your refrigerator!

The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition:  From Seed To Seed

The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition:  From Seed To Seed


To add a button to your blog, right-click on the image and save it to your desktop. Then upload it to your blog as you would any other image, with a link to:

http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=703

Oh, and once you’ve uploaded the image, check to make sure the link works and the image loads correctly. Feel free to email me if you have any problems and I’ll see if I can help.

So Please Join Us!

In the comments, include your name, blog if you have one, where you’re gardening, and what zone you’re in (find your zone:  U.S., Australia, CanadaEurope, South America, China. For other regions, I don’t have links so give it your best guess.). Let’s have some fun!!

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235 comments to New! The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition – From Seed To Seed!

  • Hi Melinda, I like the new seed saving twist! I’m gardening in Melbourne, Australia and am pretty new to the challenge, but have been growing our food (or a fair chunk of it ) for quite a few years. I guess we would be in a cool/temperate zone, it can get hot in summer and it gets cold in winter but not snow cold (we live on the coast).
    At the moment we are eating beans, zucchinis, silverbeet, lots of different lettuce, beetroot, snowpeas,kohl rabi, capsicums,carrots, potatoes, garlic, spring onions, and herbs (sage, parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary, ect), all from my garden and the community garden I belong to. We are having quite a lot of meals that are almost completely local, which is quite an achievement for us! Soon tomatoes and sweetcorn will be ready as well!
    I have just bought some new seeds that I have never grown before (scotch kale,red russian kale, siberian kale, tuscan kale and quinoa) so I think these will be my challenge veg for the late summer/autumn season.
    Hope all the northern hemisphere gardeners are still finding something fresh to eat, even in the middle of winter.
    I have just planted a new bed with bush beans, cucumbers and melons, so I hope we will get an extended harvest later on in the season. Happy gardening, eating and holidays!
    Jules

  • I’m in! Sounds great! I think I missed out big time last year so I’m glad to be a part of it this year. I was hoping to save seed anyway so this will be a good way for me to learn more and stay motivated. I’m gardening in Caro, Michigan which I think is Zone 5. I’ve already got a few posts up over at my blog Married to the Farm, including a list of all the seeds I ordered last week.

  • This is perfect timing! Over the weekend I placed my order for all of the heritage seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year. I live in South Central Pennsylvania, right in the middle of zones 6 and 7. Last year I saved some seeds but this year I’m making it a priority.

  • Jen

    I’m in! I’m in the midst of planning my first square foot garden and choosing my seed. So much fun!!

    If anyone can recommend a favorite heirloom tomato, I’d be grateful. :) I’m having trouble choosing from the long list at the seed company.

  • Of course I’m in! Just ordered seeds this weekend to round out my supply. Hopefully next year it will be a much smaller order. :)

  • Oops, I forgot the other info you wanted.

    Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, Zone 7, and my blog is:
    http://beecreative.typepad.com/

    I’ll probably have a garden update posted this weekend.

  • Perfect timing! I just started reading Square Foot Gardening and my seed catalogs arrived last week. I attempted seed to seed last year by planting a whole garden full of heirloom vegetables. Sadly, the only seeds I got around to saving were cucumbers. Guess I could use those for this challenge.

    My garden is in Wisconsin, Zone 4. I will be posting about it at my blog greeen sheeep:

    http://greeensheeep.blogspot.com

  • I’m game, what a great way to up the ante!

    Given the close quarters and number of varieties of the same species, I’ll have to tie a ribbon on the ones that flowered ahead of its cousins, don’t want to end up with any hybrids now.

    So far I have saved fennel, garlic chives, swiss chard, and pole beans. I would really like to get a strain of cucumber that is well adapted to my area since it is popular in our house, so I might focus on that and bush beans.

    I’m in zone 5 by the way.

  • Oh, yay! I was planning to start saving vegetable seeds (already started some flower seeds) this year! Now I’ll have extra incentive to do it!

    I’m in Connecticut, which in zone 6 or 7, depending on which map you’re looking at! Our proximity to the coast is what I think makes it confusing.

    Oh I’m so excited!!!

  • Love this challenge. Just chosen my seeds for this coming spring. I do have a few that I saved last year and hope to do better in 2009. I garden in Nottingham, England so it’s a bit early for us yet.

  • SusanB

    I’m in. I’m in southern NJ — zone 6b or or the top edge of zone 7. Last year I planned to save tomato seed and got distracted at the wrong time.

  • Sign me up! I saved much more seed last year than ever. This year’s seed order is almost all Op Heirloom varieties.

    I am in zone 4.

  • I’m in (with a bit of a head start–I saved my pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin mentioned in my blog post)! I’m also new to keeping a gardening/green living blog, so it’s exciting to be sharing the link with you all AND getting my first “gadget”. :) I live in Kentucky, in zone 7. In the next few days, I’ll begin outlining our saga to turn our wasteland backyard into a fully functioning garden (our first attempt at raised beds!) as well as posting some pics of last year’s haul (from the rental house whose backyard we dug up….).

    http://hobbitsfeat.blogspot.com

  • monica

    I love the concept of the ‘seed to seed’!

    Do “volunteers” count? Some of them are pretty stubborn and just keep coming back. Why go to the store and have to replant when I can just let nature do its thing.

    I have found that the dried beans in the stores that people buy for soup will germinate if you want to save a bundle and then you can plant as many as you want. Same thing for potato and sweet potato. You may not be able to get them to sprout if they have a chemical to prevent them from sprouting to give them longer shelf life. It is worth a try and for us that really need to watch the budget. . .

  • Oh, I don’t know if I can do this. I don’t know anything about saving seed!

  • I’m in! I started my veggie patch last year, and now have 3 raised beds. I think I’m getting a little obsessive really as I already saved my own seeds for this year from basil and tomato :)
    Once you taste tomato fresh off the vine, there is NO going back!

    I have 2 new tomato varieties to plant this year, and plan on working on more space for edibles :)

    Di

  • I’m in. I’m in central MA — zone 5b.

    This is going to be a real challenge for me as I can barely grow vegetables. Most of my gardening is in my hydroponic garden which I guess isn’t organic. So I guess this year I’ll have to plant more stuff outside. Count me in. I bought some organic seeds at Home Depot today. I don’t remember exactly what I bought but I’ll pick from what I bought today.

  • I’m in. I’m kind of new at saving seeds. I saved a few last year but it wasn’t really very organized. Great challenge.
    I’m in East Central Iowa- Zone 5a.

  • monica

    Oops I got so excited that i forget to mention things like we are going to plant SWEET CORN!! I think that we are going to grow the pole beans to go up the stalks and use the innoculant to get the beans to bring in the nitrogen. I will be checking back frequently as usual–I love your challenges!!

    Does anyone have a zone map that is current? Most of them seem to have a copyright date from the late 80′s or 90′s. Since everyone is so worried about global warming–they probably can’t keep up with where the boundaries are. We live in Ohio about 20 miles south of Cedar Point and Lake Erie.

  • Ooh, I’m up for the challenge! I’ve only just started saving some of my own seeds and I’ve no idea yet of they will be viable for next season but, hey; nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  • Count us in! I actually saved basil seed from last year’s bumper crop and was just getting ready to think about starting it – woo hoo!

    We’ve thought seriously the past several years about saving tomato seed – so maybe this will be the year to do that!

    We’re in Zones 8-9 (Portland, OR) – we’ve got 1/2 an acre. Our current main garden plot is about 20′ x 50′, there are several auxillary plots, and we’re planning on expanding some this year, as well.

    We’re really excited about getting the garden going! I think we’ve got maybe 90% of our seeds here – and are getting ready to start strategizing what to start first!

    Great challenge, Melinda!

    Blessings,

    dina

  • Alana

    This was our goal anyway, but now you’ll help keep us on track! Thanks for the awesome blog support, as always.

  • Great timing! I just posted on seed swapping (http://milkingweeds.blogspot.com/2009/01/seed-swap.html) and will certainly be growing some plants in 2009 from seeds saved from 2008!

    For those new to seed-saving, I recommend the book “Seed to Seed” by Suzanne Ashworth as an indispensable resource.

  • Count me in! Hoping to expand my apartment garden this year…I’ll be handling everything out on my back porch, because the front landing definitely isn’t an option…no pollinators, so the tomatoes never bore fruit. The western exposure of the back porch has me concerned, so I’ll invest in a little shade cover. I’m in zone 9a, I think (Jacksonville, FL), so pretty great conditions and less room for excuses. Still deciding what to plant this year, hopefully about half a dozen herbs and some select veggies. Thanks for the motivation!

  • Our main seed saving efforts have been concentrated on the easies: runner beans, green beans, broadbeans, potatoes — we’ll be doing all open-pollinated varieties of things this year, and hope to get back into saving tomato seed, for example. And to grow enough peas to not eat them all up, for once! And we always have elephant garlic, sunchokes and rhubarb.

    Remember propagation, too! This is a year that we are emphasizing “sprigging” with hazelnuts, pussy willows, and Oregon ash. We’re also transplanting Douglas fir from the wild.

    And trading!! We’re trading elephant garlic and lilacs for a quince tree.

    risa b

  • – Monica, IIRC if you watch the potatoes at the stores (especially the “poor people” stores that get less fresh stuff) they sometimes put out a five or ten pound bag that has sprouted quite a lot, in spite of the retardant. These will work, though they may not produce as much or be as disease resistant as the expensive certified seed potatoes. Cut them into several pieces with the sprouts on each one, wait a day, and then plant them about a foot aprt under hay, right around the end of frost.

  • I’m in! (and I’m very excited:) Reading ‘Seed to Seed’ is actually on my list of New Years resolutions and it came in the mail yesterday (yipee yahoo).

    We are in the Central Valley California…zone 9.

    My blog address is

    http://fotosbymeg.blogspot.com/

    thanks for inspiring us to try these kinds of challenges!

  • I’m joining the challenge. I’ll be growing my garden in Chapel Hill, NC which is in Zone 8. This is my 1st garden in this house (we’ve lived here for 1.5 years). I’m looking forward to learning a lot!

  • Rob

    POsted about your challenge on my blog and forgot to comment.
    Allright I am in for another year of horror and torture over my broccoli.
    Get out the salt shakers and kill the slugs. This is the year I grow broccoli!

  • Rob

    PS I will be doing some seed giveaways this week! Giant pumpkins, swiss chard regular pumpkins!

  • monica

    Rob–I have been thinking much about your broccoli nightmares, and wonder if ‘diatomateous earth’ will help. It says they are algae that are crystalline and the bugs that try to crawl through get cut and bleed to death. It is supposed to not hurt the bees or the worms, though. I think that we are trying broccoli this year too, after many unsuccessful attempts.

    Does anyone have a good site to look for products that are “truly” organic (as in more than just part of the advertisement to get you to buy the product). What exactly determines whether a product is natural and organic?

  • I’m so pleased you’re all joining in the fun!!

    Thank you, Deb G, for the push to start the challenge!

    Everyone, go check out Milkweeds’ post about seed swapping – great inspiration!!

    And check out Rob’s blog for seed giveaways!

    LOL, Rob, you’ve got me worried about your broccoli – I keep thinking about it. I’m going to write a How To Grow Broccoli post, I can just feel it. Something, anything to make that baby grow!!

    monica, volunteers…. I’m going to say no on that one. ; ) I’m puttin’ my foot down to say that you have to deliberately save seed. So reseeding annuals don’t count! (Nice try though!) Also, do be careful about crop rotation – you don’t want to keep letting tomatoes grow in the same spot every year, for example, because your risk for disease and soil nutrient depletion increases dramatically. I’m so glad to hear you love my challenges!!

    The map I link to in the last paragraph of the post is a 2006 version, so it’s the most current zone map out there. Oh, and I’m posting about finding seeds tomorrow, so come back tomorrow and I’ll answer that question. : ) Re: natural vs. organic… “natural” is not a regulated term, so anyone can use it for anything. “organic” is much more regulated. “biodynamic” is organic as well, and even more regulated.

    Jen, most of us don’t know much if anything about saving seed. That’s the fun! We’ll learn!! Seriously, though, it can be very simple. For example, saving bean seed is as simple as growing the beans, letting a few pods dry on the vine, and then put the beans in a jar until next year. NOT DIFFICULT!! So… you in??!

    risa b, good point – propagation is a great tool to have up a gardener’s sleeve, too!

    Ok, keep signing up!

  • Your welcome! :)

    And I agree about the beans, supper easy. Garlic is the same (saving cloves from year to year, very easy).

  • I’d love to sign up and help keep myself accountable. We are just starting out with a new garden this year. We live in VA, in zone 8. I have no idea how this seed saving thing works but am eager to learn!

  • We live in CA, zone 8/9. I’ve been saving seeds of what I can last year, so I’ll try to save more this year! Last year I saved my tomatoes, bok choi, peppers, chinese chives, onions, sorghum, okra, elephant head amaranth, zucchinis, pumpkins, bitter melon, lettuce, perilla, basil and a few others I can’t recall.

  • I’m finding it a little scary, Melinda… But I guess I’m in!

    Oh man, now my heart is racing.

    I can do this…. right?

  • I’m in. I’ll pick something easy like winter squash and beans. Well, I’ll try something else too but I’m a bit intimidated. ;-)

  • Hmm usually the new crops aren’t the ones I want to save seed from. I usually want to save seed from things I know that I’m going to grow again. I just got pole bean seed in the mail from a blogging friend and really want to save that from year to year, along with the zucchini another is sending me, but I’ve grown zucchini and dried beans before. I want to save seed from the pineapple tomatillo I’m growing this year. I’ve never grown a pineapple tomatillo, though I have grown regular ones. Is that different enough? Or do I have to go farther down my list? I’ve never grown a tithonia before and I suppose I could save the seed from that, but I don’t know yet if I want to. I’ll know by the end of the summer. Ditto with some of the weird greens I’m trying this year – Mustard Spinach, Strawberry Spinach, Tyfon-Holland Greens. I may not want to save their seed but I might. Time will tell. So I’m in. I’m just not sure what to save yet :>.

    So my info:
    Daphne, Winchester, Massachusetts, USA, zone 6
    Daphne’s Dandelions

  • Briel

    I’m in. :)

    Last year I saved a few seeds but not too many and I kind of let it slide towards the end of the season. This year I want to do much better (of course). Especially since I recently discovered seed swapping and I am so addicted that I have to be careful not to trade away all my seed. I may be becoming a tomato seed collector…

    New, never before grown, heirlooms this year…

    Beets (haven’t yet decided between table or sugar)
    Ground Cherry
    Sunberry
    New Zealand Spinach
    Muskmelon

    Lot’s of “old” heirlooms, mainly peppers and tomatoes. But I’ve saved seed from them before. Oh spring, please hurry before I have too many seeds, plant them all and am utterly overwhelmed in summer.

  • I’m in! I hope to save seeds from a few things this summer, but for the challenge it will be broccoli! Thanks for the new challenge!

  • Yipee! I’m so glad you’re all excited about this. I am, too!

    Jen and Green Bean, You can do it, I know you can. I just want to remind you how you felt when you first started growing plants from seed. It was a little scary then, too, eh? But YOU DID IT and you did it well!! I have full confidence. I’ll keep you two in mind as I write more posts about this.

    And looks like we have a few veteran seed savers in our midst, so I bet they’ll help us all learn. ; ) Check out Janice’s list!

    Daphne, I realize from your comment I wasn’t super clear. The main point is to save seeds you haven’t saved before. So I’m ok with your picking something you’ve grown but not saved seeds from. Does that make sense…? It’s a little late in the evening here. ; )

    Briel, ground cherries are one of my favorite things to grow. I love them!

    Jimmy Cracked-Corn, AWESOME – you’re very welcome!

  • I’m doing this. I’m in southern, coastal Maine. I had a great garden going on last year, but didn’t save any seeds. I can’t wait to learn a new skill.

  • Count me in! This is exactly what I put as my gardening goal on New Year’s Day, so this is a perfect fit.

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  • I’m in Melinda. Thank you for all you’re doing:) It’s that exciting time of year when we can plan our gardens again. Such hope! I really really want to be more successful with tomatoes this year (our altitude is 7,000 ft) and plan to use row covers to keep the day time warmth in overnight. Seed saving rocks!

  • I am definately in, I guess I did the challenge sort of have a head start but assuming new seeds I collected last year and am planning on planting this year doesn’t count though. I am thinking of at least collecting peas this year since they don’t have a great germination rate the second year and is part of my annual seed purchase.

  • How exciting! I was going to try to do this anyway, so it will be fun to join others in the challenge! I’ve already ordered heirloom seeds and heirloom tomato plants, hoping to save seeds from both. I’ll be gardening in North Central Texas, Zone 8.

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  • I just started next year’s garden and would love to sign up as well. I only do hydroponics, so I would have to bend the rules being “organic-based”. Regardless, this is a great contest.

  • Sign me up. I failed miserably last year, but I’m trying again. Thanks for doing this!

  • matt

    Sounds good to me! Zone 9 here in Florida – I grow Amaranth varieties I get from seeds of change as well rosemary roses bananas and large taro. I don’t harvest the taro rootslove theplant’s looks too much. Radishes grow well here pumpkins and kale toothough I just fail at tomatoes though I do not know why . Anyhow, a great web site and a great idea.
    Matt

  • I’m up for this challenge. I’m Sara and my blog is called Mama Craft. It has a little bit of everything in it. I live in Canada in Zone 3a. I have a small garden in the backyard, as well I am starting to grow indoors. That is a work in progress. I’ll put the little doodad up later on today. Thanks!

  • Hi Melinda, I’m in. I love a challenge. I’m a ‘seedaholic’ and I’m in zone 6 in Vaxholm, Sweden.
    I have my greenhouse and kitchengarden, I grow medicinal plants, herbs and spices, flowers and vegetables. I always grow my plants from seeds and preferably my own.

    I like to learn more, share questions and thoughts./ Tyra

    Here are my links:

    TYRA’S GARDEN

    THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA’S GARDEN

  • I really think I need some “viagra” or “Levitra” or “extense”-something to make that broccolli grow.

  • monica

    Then you would have Green Weenies. Ha you made my day with that one.

  • After much thought I am going to take your challenge! I grow from seed no problem, it is the saving seeds that will be the challenge for me, I am not organized by nature so to grow, save, label, and store will be a stretch for me. Thanks for the challenge and causing us to ‘stretch’ a little! Kim

  • OK, I can’t type either, I just corrected my name, ughhhh!

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  • Lauren

    Sounds like a worthy challenge. Count me in!

  • Hi! I’m Melody. You can find me at MerrieMelody.blogspot.com and in UT in Zone 6.

    Thanks for the challenge!

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  • Hi

    I live in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. I think it is zone 3?

    I will give it a go. This is only my second year of growing veggies. I have only used seeds before for radish which I did last year and this year. Everything else such as spinach/silverbeet, capsicum, pumpkin, cucumber, zucchini, beetroot, peas and corn have all been grown via seedlings instead of seeds. I had been thinking about seeds as it is cheaper for a start.

    Currently in the garden I have potatoes in which are from seed potatoes and this is the first year I have grown them. Am getting heaps. Have only three tomato bushes and they came from plants bought in the nursery, as did the spinach/silverbeet, lettuce, corn, zucchini and strawberries.

    I will looking at what I can add at this time of year using seeds and will let you know. I look forward to what others are doing. Great idea, thankyou :)

    Michelle

  • Hello!

    It will be some time before I will be planting this year’s crop, but it’s time to start planning!

    I’m in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, hardiness zone 4a.

    Here is a post to give you an idea of what I am planning for this upcoming season:

    http://nefaeriaofetsy.blogspot.com/2009/01/seeds.html

    Thanks!

    Laurel

  • Hi!

    I’m gardening in Crete, Illinois (northeast Illinois, about 30 miles south of Chicago). Our hardiness zone is 5.

    In my journal on the Freedom Gardens web site (http://www.freedomgardens.org/mecar/), I’ve posted what seeds I’ve ordered, plus other things that I plan to plant from seeds that I already have on hand.

    I’m ready for this challenge! Gardening won’t start here until April at the earliest, but I’ve got my seed order in, and am planning my 2009 garden. I’ll save seeds of everything that I can (tomatoes, lettuce, peas beans, etc.). It would be great if some of us could swap seeds, if we’re able to produce more than enough for next year. Can’t wait to hear about everyone’s adventures during this challenge!

    Mary

  • Hi, I’m in. I’ll be using some tomato and bean seed I saved from last season and I have already ordered my non GMO open pollinated seeds for this season. My Name is Susan, I garden in Southern California in zone 8b or Sunset zone 18 my website is how-green-is-my-garden.com. I think it is smartest to save seed from your best performers to end up with seed that grows best in your area.

  • Just an update . . .

    I am doing my experiment in zone 5 with snow peas in coco coir as a growing medium and the Roots Organic fertilizer line.

    Wish me luck!

  • Count me in! I’ve been on the fence about this challenge because I may be moving house, although staying in Oregon. I’m including both zones – 8 and 9.

    I’ll probably grow things at both locations, and all of my seed is OP from responsible suppliers. I did not save any seed last year, but will save as much as I can this year.

    New techniques for this year will revolve around composting and using my seemingly endless supply of bunny poo. Who knew seven angora rabbits could produce so much?!?

  • Welcome, newcomers! I’ll introduce you all in the next From Seed to Seed post.

    Mary, what a GREAT idea!! Let’s plan on having a seed swap at the end of the summer – perfect!

  • Is it too late for me to join? I’m in S. Central PA, Zone 6A. I just ordered new seeds last night because I didn’t have much of a garden last year. I will be using saved black-eyed pea and pinto bean seeds, though. (Unless we eat them all up!)

    I usually do my garden blogging on http://palocalvore.blogspot.com, although sometimes it bleeds over into http://yumminessnsues.blogspot.com.

    Looking forward to this-

    Willa

  • Well my seed arrived and I’m excited to grow my heirloom…ahhh gotta check my blog tomorrow to find out what I’m growing! It’s gonna be great!!!

  • Hi Willa, goodness, no – definitely not too late to join! WELCOME!

    Inadvertentfarmer, awesome. I’ll come see! We need to get on with our gardening plan and order our seeds. I’m drooling over the seed catalogs.

  • I’m in too!!! We just moved in the fall and I can’t wait to start my garden. We’ve got a completely blank slate.
    I’m going to grow a bunch of heirloom tomatoes, beans, peas, and salad greens. and I’m going to try vertical growing for my cucumbers and squashes. I can’t resist the need to grow purple potatoes. And with any luck my carrots, radishes and beets will grow more than just lovely tops this year.
    I also like the seed saving twist :)

  • [...] everyone!  So far there are 53 participants signed up for The Growing Challenge: From Seed To Seed. They [...]

  • We’re in! As a matter of fact, we’ve ordered all of our seeds already and are preparing our growing room. No plant starts for us this year unless we HAVE TO have a particular variety that we haven’t seen before… LOL

    Count The Shibaguyz in!!

  • Oh… we are an arborday.org 8/9 and a USDA 8a/b… I believe we are closer to the USDA 8a/b.

    (btw, the edit link wouldn’t work for us… but you know me and technology… :) )

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