Seed swapping

Bowl of Loofah Sponges
Bowl of Loofah Sponges
If you’re a gardener, you’ve no doubt been studying the seed catalogs and reimagining your garden for 2014. It’s an act of faith and a testament of hope to plant a garden. Most of us have a limited amount of space to plant and a limited amount of time to be a farmer, so this early planning and ordering of seeds is so important for having a manageable plot. But who am I kidding? I always order too many seeds and underestimate the amount of time it takes to weed, harvest, and process the food I grow. Every year I try to learn from past mistakes, but new issues always crop up (no pun intended). This year I vow to plant fewer crops and concentrate more on the ones that I seem to be good at: beans, peppers, greens, garlic, and onions. Of course I’ll add in a few sunflowers, tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers…but I’m staying focused! And okra. I love okra.

Last year I bought loofah seeds. From just a few plants I ended up with loofah sponges to give as Christmas gifts and so many seeds that I could start my own loofah farm. But instead, I’m putting the seeds in my merch suitcase. If you come to a gig and request loofah seeds from me, they shall be yours free of charge. If you don’t have a garden but want to grow a vine on a trellis in your backyard or deck, give these a try. They look like big green cucumbers while growing, and then turn dry and brown in the fall. You peel off the hard outer skins and voila! You have a luxury bath item (which will also be full of seeds to shake out and plant next year).

If you have some fun seeds that you’ve saved, feel free to share them with me, which of course will totally undermine my attempts at staying focused.