During the unseasonably warm weather of the past couple days, as I was standing outside thinking of what to post for Harvest Monday, I noticed this frozen, unharvested cucumber leaning against our house. My first thought was "Darn, I didn't get to eat that," followed by "Did I plant cucumber there?"
Not the right way to preserve cukes.
Let this be a warning to us all in the frenzy of seed buying season that we not get caught up in the joys of collecting those lovely little potentials. Too many will cause headaches as we try to fit them into our small spaces. If not because we lack physical room then because we lack the stamina and army of helpers to grow them. Figuring for failure temps fate as the suffit of seed will all germinate, grow fantastically and the usual mauraders will stay away. We will start contemplating eating salad for breakfast, wander the neighbourhood with armfulls of zucchini and wonder if pickled beets are acceptible stocking stuffers. In the fall, we will have waved the white flag to the weeds and be frantically trying to get in at least half of it before the snow is thick on the ground. Our children will be ready with the words, "Not that again." We will say to ourselves that next year we will not go crazy buying seeds. We will be sensible.
Worst of all, we will not even notice that there was a perfectly good cucumber growing right beside the driveway as the ideal snack to bring on a beach run.
Now back to buying and trading seeds...
*** Local Seed Companies if you can't wait for Seedy Saturday ***
These are suppliers that I have used before:
Gretas Organic Seeds
For a whole lot more listings, please see Seeds of Diversity