Early Spring Seeding

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It’s been rather warm here over the last few days, and although we’ve had some rain, totals for the year remain quite low.  I was able to take advantage of recent rains, and scattered some seeds out in the various food forest plots – white and red clover, some carrots, and various herbs.  In other seeding news, I spent some time over the weekend starting some things in 4″ pots.  Mostly herbs – lovage, mint seeds collected from Lassen National Park, hyssop, sage, San Juan tobacco, and pimpinella, but also henbane and meadowsweet, potential ingredients for gruit, a mixture for bittering and flavoring beer that predates hopping.  I don’t brew beer myself, but I do have friends that do, and they’ve expressed interest in collaborating on some old-fashioned concoctions, such as this pilsenkraut recipe.

I also recently planted a 6-in-1 espaliered apple (I can’t quite remember the varieties), and a honeycrisp, both of which I plan to keep pruned very short, inspired by the low apple fences at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, which every gardener and plant enthusiast should make a point of visiting!  I hope to spend the upcoming weekend in the garden – an early spring is making for lots of early prep work…

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6 Responses to Early Spring Seeding

  1. Nice.
    Where did you plant those apple saplings?

  2. Catherine says:

    Hi Zack,

    I am a PhD student at Virginia Tech and my dissertation will be on community/public food forests (edible forests, forest gardens, etc.). Do you happen to know of any in your area? (or elsewhere!) If you have information on any, please let me know as I am trying to locate as many as possible through an internet search first. Thank you!

  3. I’ve also been chucking seeds all over the food forest. Seeing things show up months later when I’ve totally forgotten what I planted… that’s my kind of gardening.

    • zack says:

      Agreed. I’ve got garlic and shallots coming up in places I don’t remember ever burying them. Surprise gardening.

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