I was the lucky recipient of 3 art pack seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Click here to learn about the seed library. These delightfully designed art pack seeds were presented to me by my Master Gardener volunteer friend, Ginna. It was a surprise and very much appreciated gift.
The following is from the seed library’s web site:
“The Seed Library grew out of a germ of an idea at a small town library in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. Over the past nine years, the idea has grown and blossomed into an online seed library focused on the Northeast and a full seed catalog for all gardeners. Today, the Seed Library has its own seed farm where open-pollinated seeds are grown, saved, and packed by hand. There are close to one thousand seed library members and thousands more buy our unique Art Packs and heirloom seeds every year. Seed Library gardeners can feel good about thier seeds because we care as much as you do about preserving genetic diversity and saving seed stories.”
Even their book marks (left, front; right, back) are unique (above left photo).
The seed library seed farm is about 1 hour north/west of where I live. Would so love the opportunity to visit the farm.
Every year the seed library commissions contemporary artists to interpret a distinctive selection of the heirloom varieties in their seed catalog. Click here to view the collection of art packs. (Seeds are also available in garden packs.)
The 3 art packs I received are as follows (click on photo to enlarge):
Natalie Merchant has earned the reputation as a songwriter of great quality and a compelling live performer. She calls the fertile Hudson Valley home, where she has been busy gardening and seed saving for 25 years.
Patricia Dominguez is a visual artist and naturalist. She researches the paradoxes that lie in the environmental systems of comtemporary society, using naturalism to reconnect people to their natural spaces.
Jessica Pollak is an illustrator obsessed with food, travel and patterns. She spends her days in her Providence, RI, studio creating art that is cute, funky, fresh and with a sense of humor.
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Finally got around to starting some of my seeds on Saturday, March 2. Hoping to start the Rosa Bianca eggplant and other seeds this week.
You probably noticed, from the above photo, the 2 different colors of potting mix. The cell packs with red color potting mix are filled with cocoplug, the cell packs with black color potting mix are filled with pro-mix.
Couple years ago while walking through a local garden center, I came across 24-pack Jumpstart Cocoplugs on clearance for $1.00. I had wanted to experiment with cocoplugs, so could not pass up the bargain. Bought all that was available and shared with my garden friends.
Completely forgot I had the cocoplugs. Discovered them few days ago while decluttering.
These cocoplugs are amazing. The diameter of each is the size of a US quarter (see above left photo, the shiny round thing is a US quarter) and height is ¾ inches. But when soaked in warm water each expands to completely fill one of the black cells.
I sowed Chinese celery in 2 6-cell packs, one with cocoplug the other with pro-mix. Sowed Ping Tung eggplant in 2 4-cell packs, again, one with cocoplug the other with pro-mix. (The other 6-cell pack is salad scallion.)
Will there be any differences in the germination and the overall health of the seedlings?When I have the results at a later date and I will let you know.
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