Personal Projects - Seed Collecting
I recently decided to take a day, every fortnight, to assign to my personal projects.
Well, that idea went out the window, and the one day a fortnight turned into one day every now and then when I get the chance. 'So be it' I say. We do what we can hey !!
I'm becoming more and more obsessed with my garden and the produce I am growing. It tastes so good. Fresh food, grown by us, no chemicals not even any organic sprays. It's humbling to actually grow food. It helps me understand that if I ever purchase fruit and vegetables outside what I grow, that I am getting them for virtually nothing. $4 for a lettuce when it takes at least 5 weeks of growing and nurturing to get it to a harvestable point.
It can take 6 months to grow a fist of garlic and that is just the time it takes once you have prepared the soil and prepared the cloves for planting. Since growing a lot of my own food I have not been able to take fruit and veggies for granted. I just know how long it takes to grow a simple cucumber or bean. I look at huge supermarket grown capsicums and think " I know that is not grown over time and with patience". They are just too big to be real. The sweetness has been bread out of them for size and transportation requirements. The capsicums that I grow can be eaten like a crisp crunchy apple straight off my plants. The joy of growing food is endless and the joy of eating it straight off the plant is hard to equal.
It is my philosophy to just leave all the critters that attack my garden, yes I curse them on occasion, but I leave them to do their bidding. The worst I can manage is to squish a snail (it goes straight back on the garden) and squish some aphids or rub off a caterpillar.
So far so good. Sometimes it's heartbreaking to see a plant go down under the weight of aphids and cabbage moth butterflies but now the wasps are coming into my garden to even things out a bit. The balance of nature always teaches me so much. If we kill the pests what will their predators eat.
The project below is based around documenting how I collect the seed from my favourite tomato variety. I have grown these old tomatoes in my garden for the last few years , ever since I found them at a local Farmers Market. I still can't grow enough in my small space so I still buy them when in season at the Farmers Market as back ups.
Well here it is. A series of images that I will be using as part of my 'how to save tomatoe seed' project. I hope you enjoy.
There are little notes under each image to tell you what you need to do. Happy gardening and joyful eating.