Monday, February 2, 2009

Organic Gardening Season - Beginners Welcome!

Soon, you too will be sprouting seeds that will turn into spectacular vegetables! Photo Credit: jade19721 on Flickr

The seed catalogs are here! Whoooeeee!

I never knew how much fun looking at photos of tomatoes and reading descriptions about types called things like "Mortgage Lifter/Radiator Charlie’s” could be. Yes, it’s true, we don’t have television (at least one that’s hooked up to anything besides the DVD player). But it is currently a bone-chilling 19 degrees outside – I’m inside, by the warm and cozy fire. The cat is at my side, purring, and I am surrounded by a dozen delicious seed catalogs.

Amish Paste Tomatoes - one of THE best types to make your own pasta sauce and catsup.

Snow is on the ground but summer grows in my heart as they arrive by the armful, filled with gorgeous photos and irresistible descriptions. How is a mere mortal to choose?

Jalapeno peppers. Imagine them diced into your own fresh salsa, or stuffed with cream cheese. Yum!

The Milkweed Mercantile is proud, happy and excited (well, let’s just say that I am proud, happy and excited) to be carrying seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Located in Virginia at Acorn, another intentional community, SESE is a marvelous operation. By purchasing SESE seeds you support organic farmers, keep heirloom and open-pollinated species in production, and have the opportunity to grow some of the most delicious vegetables and herbs around. What’s not to like?

Chioggia Beet - have you ever seen anything so gorgeous? (Besides Hugh Jackman in "Australia," of course...)

We’ve carefully selected the seed varieties that we like the best and have had good luck with. But that’s not all. No, we’re not giving away ginzu knives, but we are including our favorite recipes with many of the seeds. And every Wednesday we’ll be walking you through the gardening season, step by step right here on A Passion for Green Business, the official blog for the Milkweed Mercantile. We’ll start with the basics – soil preparation and germination, and move to preparing the garden beds, transplanting the seedlings, dealing with pests organically, harvesting, and then canning/preserving and cooking. Yum!

Success is practically guaranteed. You can SO do this!

Click here to take a look at our selection of seeds.

We are humbled by and grateful for your business - every single pack of seeds that you buy helps us craft a sustainable life here at Dancing Rabbit. In return, we will do everything we can do to support you through the gardening season and in your own sustainable life!


  1. I'm just starting my seeds. Amish
    Paste and Mortgage Lifter are two I'm trying out in our harsh weather. Great to see you offer seeds. Any drought tolerant types or hot weather seeds in your collection that you'd recommend?

  2. I am excited about my first real attempt at a vegetable garden and I am really looking forward to your posts.

  3. Greetings. I'm glad to have come across your blog. I am gung-ho to start my own organic garden this year and need all the help I can get!


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