|Colourful Carrot Mix Organic Seeds at Cubits on Etsy.|
|Organic Watermelon Radish Seeds at Cubits on Etsy.|
|Organic Easter Egg Blend Radishes Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
I love vegetables, I always have, and if it was up to me, I would be happy to eat salads and baked squash and grilled zucchini and eggplant all day long. For various reasons, that is a dangerous proposition for me, but my love of vegetables, the fresher the better is a reality. Where did it start? Well, I honestly think this one goes back to my childhood and a lovely cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. I was a very lucky kid to grow up with a place to go to every weekend and all summer long, there were very few rules, lots of things to do, and we had a huge property, even by today's standards.
|Organic Alibi Hybrid Pickling Cucumber 30 Seeds at Black Ridge Trading Post and Gardens on Etsy.|
|Radicchio Rouge De Verona Organic Seeds - Red Italian Chicory at Florentine Garden Seeds of Quality on Etsy.|
|2011 Tomatoes - White Currant Seeds, Naturally Grown, Organic Seeds at Frog Pond Gardens Organic Seeds on Etsy.|
|Organic Heirloom Peacevine Cherry Tomato Seeds at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
|Organic Seeds - 3 Packs of Your Choice at Hollis Plus Hunter on Etsy.|
|Vegetable Garden Organic Seed Pack at Hollis Plus Hunter on Etsy.|
|Organic Garden Seeds, 6 Organic Heirloom Seed Packs Of Your Choice at Hollis Plus Hunter on Etsy.|
|Organic Heirloom Purple of Sicily Cauliflower Seeds RARE at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
If you have access to a backyard, hopefully you have a compost container out there, if you do, you are likely brewing up some of the best natural fertilizer than can be had. If you have a small patch of land, even just a few square feet, you can create a little patch of heaven in your own backyard. Some neighborhoods offer community gardens, places where you can sign up for a plot of land, often at no cost, to grow some fresh food for your family.
|Organic Heirloom Broccoli Romanesco Seed RARE Gourmet at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
|Organic Heirloom Blue Pumpkin Jarrahdale Seeds RARE at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
My point is, there is no reason to buy heaps of 'long distance' semi-fresh foods when you can grown at least a few of them in your own backyard. Have a picky eater in your house, a child that claims to 'hate' vegetables? School programs that have children participating in a vegetable garden project often find that kids are far more likely to try foods they have grown themselves. The faster you can get a food from garden to table, the higher it is in nutrients, and the better the flavor. Refrigeration is death to the flavor of the tomato, mushrooms that are washed are tragically ruined, and carrots are meant to be heavy and juicy, not dry looking and frail.
|Organic Heirloom Onion Red of Florence Seed RARE at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
|Organic Heirloom Sugar Snap Pea Seeds at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
So let's see, you can save money, grow without pesticides and herbicides, you can have vegetables and herbs literally at your fingertips, your kids are more likely to eat the veggies you grow yourselves, and you can reduce the carbon footprint caused by the long-distance shipping of perishable goods. WIN - WIN! Not only that, but you can grow the things you like best, the varieties you treasure, and you can go organic in the true sense of the term. There are a handful of Etsy sellers that have the most magical and lovely Organic Seeds for stunning varieties of veggies available for purchase, and now is the time to start thinking about your spring garden.
|Organic Heirloom Eggplant Diamond Seed at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
|Organic Heirloom 3 Beet Variety Seed Blend - BEST SELLER at Kenyon Organics Heirloom Seeds on Etsy.|
First things first, know your zone. Find out what will grow in your area of the country, and what is less likely to thrive. Second, plan your garden size, and where you will put it, then watch to determine the sun exposure vs. shade in the average day. Find a local garden supply store that supports home gardeners. Plan for the supplies and tools you will need for your garden. Don't think you have to buy everything, up-cycle is the key to making this a great project. Use an old cake sever as a trowel, if you need to grow some seedlings before directly planting in the garden, find a series of small cups or glasses that can be used, or even use a cardboard egg crate as a perfect seed starter. Reclaimed boards or wood scraps can make great stakes for your plants or can make the perfect box frame for your garden, helping keep weeds out without chemicals.
|Organic Parsnips Harris Model Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|Organic Victoria Rhubarb Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|Organic Spring Lettuce Mix Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|Organic Carrot Cosmic Purple Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|Organic White Pumpkin Seeds Casper White Pumpkins at Cubits on Etsy.|
|Organic Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
Even if it is just something you jot down on your 'something to do someday' list, having a look at these pictures will help to inspire you to try your hand at home gardening. If you are a seasoned gardener, or ready to give it a good shot, then it won't be long before spring arrives and you will have a chance to tastes these sweet treats from your garden, and savor the flavor that can only come with knowing you grew something with a little elbow grease, a lot of love, a the sun, soil, and seeds that are the recipe for fabulous garden fun.
|Organic Round Zucchini Squash Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|Organic Jalapeno Pepper Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
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|Organic Perfection Savoy Cabbage Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Nimble NiteCap Seed Co. on Etsy.|
|LiMa beAn Heirloom Seeds From Our Organic Garden at Pailanita on Etsy.|