Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weeding and Seed Collecting

Although the weather is still really nice right now, it is starting to warm up during the day and before too long, summer will creep in and temperatures will go up, up, up.
Since the end of our growing season is near, we decided to do a weed and seed activity at The Secret Garden today.
I brought envelopes and colored pencils and markers so that we could get creative with our seed storage.
And one of our newest volunteers who is doing a course in sustainable gardening brought some of her own French Marigold seeds to share.  A garden visitor helped to label and package them.
I had a teeny tiny shiny garden guest of my own who was overseeing my seed sorting and storing.
One of the eight-legged variety that was hopping all over the place.  I'm not a spider person but this one was pretty amazing with it's silvery appearance.

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.
(Catlin Matthews)

Happy Saturday!


Lorrie said...

The world is an amazing place. As you collect seeds, we are getting ready to plant them. Growth happens all over the earth.

Teresa Kasner said...

How do you communicate with the other secret gardeners? Text? I think it's so neat how you all meet up there and make the world a better place.. weed by weed.. flower by flower. I think you're wonderful. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love gardening and I can only imagine how fun this is. The handmade labels are so, so sweet. Our growing season for annuals is so short I don't plant from seeds. Next month I'll be able to get some plants in the ground. So looking forward to it!

Jane x

Gattina said...

I have to admit that I hate garden work, but I love to sit in a beautiful garden ! Difficult isn't it ?

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Tammy!
As a newbie follower I don't know much about "The Secret Garden" yet, but I've enjoyed reading about your seed packets today! Just think there will be lots of us, with our coloured pencils at the ready, off to buy seed packets ready for seed collection time!
We are just beginning our growing season here, and DH is planting seeds as I write! Oops, I'd better get out in the garden now!
Love the silver spider ..... I'd never heard of such a thing!!!
Barbara x

Tanna said...

Love your community garden and the wonderful creativity you instill at every step. =) blessings ~ tanna

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
That was a lovely time spent in your Secret Garden with others.
Such tiny spiders are cute and not scary, even the big ones I love to photograph though.
Sending you hugs,

Kit said...

I love your idea of hand drawn seed envelopes! So pretty. I can't wait for our flowers to start showing up. :) Kit

Jennifer Hays said...

I don't think I've ever seen a French marigold before. How beautiful! I love the idea of a secret garden. This sounds like such a nice thing to do.

Amy at love made my home said...

It is so nice that you can save the seed and grow from one year to the next.

Linda said...

As another reader commented, as you're collecting seeds, we are just beginning to plant ours here in Central Illinois. :) Anyway, looks like a lovely way to spend your day and although I am not a fan of spiders, that's a pretty one indeed.

Have a great week!

Quinn said...

I saved seeds from some of my perennial flowers last summer, and as I've been eating the candy roaster squash and the pumpkins through the winter, I've also saved seeds from them. My weakness is remembering to label the saved seeds...there may be a lot of Mystery Gardening in 2017!

Laurie said...

I just love those decorated seed envelopes!

Preeti said...

Great!! I also collected few seeds this year. Earlier I had some hybrid plants whose seeds won't germinate, now I got few heirloom varieties.

Createology said...

I am not certain jumping spider and I could coexist. I had a tiny spider on my truck dash and I was fine with just watching him...until he hopped right towards me! A slight scream and grabbed the closest map made quick smash of Monsignor Spider. Thankfully I was not driving. I adore your seed envelopes with the pencil drawn flowers to identify the seeds contained within. Wishing you continued good weather dear.

Darlene said...

Love your seed packets! Great idea.

Jodiebodie said...

Hi Tammy,

I am catching up with your news after spending lots of time in my own Autumn garden. No matter which hemisphere we live in, it is always a busy time at the change of seasons.

You do the same as I do with seed saving and writing on the packets. I love that you have turned your seed packets into works of art. It is useful for sharing with others who don't necessarily speak the same language as us.

I usually use envelopes for different varieties or harvests of a plant (e.g. lettuce, red, green, oak leaf, hearting, etc.) and then pop all the different little envelopes into paper bags (e.g. winter lettuce, summer lettuce). I like the paper bag system because I can write more information more easily on the front and the bags catch any little seeds that might occasionally escape their envelopes, plus there's room to store the little labels that mark the planting spots in the garden bed.

Your regular quotes are lovely thoughts to carry with me during the day.
All the best with your end of season activities, Tammy, and I hope the heat takes its time in arriving to give you a bit more time in the garden.

Have fun!

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