Behold the beautiful power held by the first day of spring. It’s a day of promise for everyone, but especially for those of us who love to tend the soil and plant a garden. It seems that I count the lingering seconds all winter long to remind myself that spring really is on the horizon. Now we’ve made it and it’s time to mark the occasion by dreaming of the coming summer’s garden.
In my recent post announcing the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange, I had mentioned that the seed exchange would kick off on the first day of spring. Well, if there’s one thing that farming and gardening has taught me, it’s that flexibility is key. A farmer has to be ready to change course at a moment’s notice, willing to throw off their best laid plans and move organically in the direction that time and nature allows them.
I’m doing just that with the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange. When I proposed this project, I never imagined that gardeners from around the country would still be signing up two weeks after I had invited you all to join. In fact, the entries were still fluttering into my inbox yesterday afternoon.
I don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so I am extending the entry period in order to allow more readers to sign up and participate. On next Tuesday, March 27, 2012, I will send each participant an Email with the name and address of the person their seed packet should be mailed to. In the meantime, please encourage your gardening friends and family to join us. The more people we involve, the more interesting this seed exchange, and our resulting gardening seasons, will be.
To make things a little more interesting, I’ll be awarding one lucky participant an extra prize: a collection of heirloom seeds for planting in their garden. The collection will include some of the beloved varieties grown here at 1840 Farm. I have been busy researching heirloom seed varieties and collecting a few to plant here at 1840 Farm . As you can see by the collection on the kitchen table, they include vegetable and flower varieties that will be finding their way into our 2012 garden. I will be sharing a few of these with the lucky winner. Several of them are species discovered during the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804-1806. I can’t wait to plant them in our garden and see them for myself.
If you would like to receive more than one seed packet (and send more than one packet) simply fill out the form as many times as you would like to participate. The seeds you share can be saved from your garden or purchased from a store. Gardeners and farmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome (end encouraged) to participate.
Good luck to all of you who participate. I’ll announce the winner of the 1840 Farm Seed Collection on March 27, I promise! Until then, I’ll be busy readying our gardens for planting. Mother Nature has decided to give us temperatures thirty degrees warmer than usual, and I’ll be taking full advantage. Like I said, a farmer has to be flexible, especially if it gives me an excuse to spend more time in the garden.
The spring 1840 Farm Seed Exchange has closed for 2012. If you are interested in participating in the 2013 Seed Exchange, leave a comment below and I will contact you next spring when the details are available.