Note: Register with mbthakar (at) yahoo.com or 412/736-8216. 20 person limit!
Seeds are really a bargain, if we share them. The event organizer has spent $350 for seeds that we will share amongst the participants -- about 60 persons, 20 persons at each of three events. Add in the cost of labels and envelopes -- and the shared cost is still just $10 per person, with 100's of seeds per participant and 30 kinds of seeds. These events are easy to do, as long as you are willing to help us split the seeds up!
New this year, heirlooms: Because people often ask if we offer heirloom seeds, I purchased some seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. Many of the seeds ordered from Fedco are organic, open-pollinated, and date from the 1800's.
More seeds: This year I bought more seeds per person, hoping that, if you like the seeds, you'll have some for next year as well.
Seed longevity: You have time -- even years -- to get those seeds in the ground! Tomatoes, melons and cucumbers last 5 to 10 years. Beets, broccoli, chard and radishes last 3 to 5 years. You will have at least 2 to 3 years for many vegetables. Be careful to get onions, leeks and parsnips in the first year. For a complete list of seed longevities, see:http://fedcoseeds.com/seeds/seed_saving.htm
Your stories wanted! Please plan to speak about your gardening adventures. I am looking for people to talk about growing cauliflower, corn, parsley, and melons. Or to share how to thwart animal pests, explaining GMO's vs. open-pollinated vs. hybrids, good recipes, the best veggies for our health, about veggies that can grow in fall and winter, etc.