JSeed packets have arrived from Ukraine. Two deliveries to two addresses, work and home, to give them every chance. Many packages from organicseeds.top, in the center of the war-torn country. Of course, I over-ordered, but I feel the need to support them.
There’s our favorite Painted Mountain corn to replace the Mexican blue corn sprouts that pigeons have already eaten. I will sow some at home in pots as well as in small blocks on the site. There are two packets of Grandpa Ott’s Classic Morning Glory Seeds, although I don’t know where they will grow yet. There’s classic calendula and frilly Giant Sungold sunflowers for the bees and me.
Two huge bundles of mammoth dill are currently challenging me. They are the summery scent and taste of Henriette’s Danish childhood. I’ll bring some home from the beach and try to find the best place to sow them later. In addition, there are three other types of amaranth (Fox Tails, Popping, Elena’s Rojo) to complement the seeds we have.
It wasn’t like we really needed the seed. It’s so much more than somehow, growing their open-pollinated organic crops seems like a (very) small act of solidarity.
There is, of course, no more airmail from Ukraine, so if you order, be prepared to wait a bit for your delivery (mine took almost two months). Note: Much of the seed comes with a shelf life advisory (tomatoes, cucumbers: five years, Ukrainian pumpkin: 10).
Also be prepared to receive more seed than you ordered. Both packs came with freebies. I am currently struggling to find a home for Ukrainian Heritage Pumpkin, Cucumber and Zucchini. There is worse. Particularly in Ukraine. I count my bundles and my blessings.
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