Seeds of Victory!

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
-Lao Tzu

Gardening Propaganda circa WWI

Cory and I have decided to open a small farm stand in the town of Winooski, Vermont. His father owns an empty lot on a main road he doesn’t use for anything, so we’re going to take advantage. We spent Sunday up to our elbows in the Johnny’s seed catalogue. It took far more time and many more spread sheets than we were anticipating, but we finally have our order organized. Thanks to the magic of excel we were able to compute the number of actual seeds we are going to get. 20,500! To seasoned farmers this may not seem like very many, but we started laughing hysterically. At one point, during the process, I looked over at Cory and asked, “Do we have any idea what we’re doing?” “None at all Babycakes,” he replied.

So I laughed some more.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Ho boy! So what with you being out in Vermont and all there are, like, uh, farmers there too right? You miiiiiight want to talk to some to determine which crops and types of plants do best and how to keep all the critters away, like deer for example, which will eat everything and anything in their path, or rabbits, who will eat most of what’s in their path.

    For a while, I had a notion about raising apples. I looked into it, and started reading up about it. I was born and raised in NJ, and we have plenty of apple orchards here, professional ones that make apple pies and cider and everything.

    When I started reading about what it takes to grow apples, I was completely horrified. Apparently the east coast of the U.S. is just about the worst place in the world to grow apples because every type of bug, worm, beetle, etc. lives here too and guess what they love to eat? Yeah, apples. Or apple tree bark. Or apple tree leaves. Or apple tree roots. It’s crazy!

    Did you know an apple tree can get “sunburned”? Well, apparently they can.

    You’re gonna learn a lot, but I hope for your sake you’re doing some serious local research so you’re not caught out later after putting in a gazillion hours and coming up with a few shredded heads of cabbage and half eaten carrots, you know?

    Also, I absolutely ADORE the book Blithe Tomato, which is a collection of 50 2 page short stories written by a farmer who graduated from Harvard (I’m pretty sure it’s Harvard) and then moved to Berkeley California to become a farmer. His stories are all about his experiences trying to sell his veggies at a local farmer’s market and the stories are written beautifully.


    • In an effort to be amusingly self-deprecating, I may have given the wrong impression. Cory has lived on the property all his life and his family has always gardened extensively. They also ran a Christmas tree farm when he was growing up and I’ve gardened for a couple of years in North Country climates. So, we’re not complete novices, but your advice is still sound 🙂 Thanks!


  2. I have never had much success in starting seeds inside…..good luck!


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