Fall Parsley
Fall Parsley

I was reading blogs the other day and I noticed a lot of people were talking about adding plants to their gardens this fall. I know  late summer sales have passed here locally, and I did not go near any places where plants might be…..the reason why…..  . I am a  plantaholic!

Everbearing Strawberry Patch
Everbearing Strawberry Patch

I am a person that does not like clutter in my home, but I married a man who is a pack rat. He can not throw anything away. Over the years if we wanted to throw something away/give it to Goodwill we would have to sneak it out of the house since he would inevitably  say,” Wait, don’t throw that away, I can find a  use for that…”  That is a great way to be, but only if you actually use the stuff you save! I use to tell him, “You need another house for all your stuff.”……oh how easy it is to look at someone else and see their faults ,which often are things,you don’t like about yourself….. I pack rat plants on our property. I have food growing in as many places as I can find. This year, I have been wondering where I can put cranberry bushes. I thought they are short and handle some shade, and would taste so good…hmmm, but do I have the room…  I have been thinking lately, maybe I need another yard for all my plants! I am a  plantaholic!

Old fashioned Petunias, marigolds, cosmos, celery leaf, sweet potatoes, basil, tatsoi, zinnias, nasturtium and china aster
Old fashioned Petunias, marigolds, cosmos, celery leaf, sweet potatoes, basil, tatsoi, zinnias, nasturtium and china aster

The other day I was helping my neighbor solve a  landscape problem in her yard. As we walked through her yard for a bit ,to help come up with a solution, I looked up at our lot (my property sits a bit higher than hers) and thought, “Wow, my yard is filled from corner to corner with plants! I do not have any lawn to speak( squash is running every where this time of year) of and I am glad that we do not anymore, but looking up at my lot it was evident……., “I am a  plantaholic!

Dianthus Black + white + Blue Scotch Kale
Dianthus Black + white + Blue Scotch Kale

Well, she had to look no further since I had a plant stuffed in my yard that needed to be free! It needed to spread its branches and it could not  in my plant-packed-lot. It will look great covering another neighbors weedy area that she was tired of looking at when she sat on her porch. I realized as I  returned to my yard, I have everything I need and I really don’t need anymore perennials, fruit bushes, or dwarf fruit trees( enough food for everyone)… I have to learn to NOT open plant catalogs with those beautiful pictures. I do not go to any plant stores unless it is for tools, dirt, fertilizer etc. I feel I have my problem some what under control…but now I have a new problem….

french marigolds, purple pole beans,  gold marie vining pole beans,  black cherry tomatoes, moskvich tomatoes, calendula, signet marigolds, and basil
french marigolds, purple pole beans, gold marie vining pole beans, black cherry tomatoes, moskvich tomatoes, calendula, signet marigolds, and basil

I have become an  annual “seedaholic”…this is one problem I don’t need to get over since it is manageable! Right?If you think about it seeds are  perfect! They don’t take up much space, cost a lot of money, it is endless how many you can collect,  you can trade, share, and save money by keeping your own seeds! You will never be bored since they are different sizes, shapes, colors and challenging to save(something new to learn) each year…..As I plan my garden next year, I ponder what new heirloom egg plant, tomato, bean, lettuce or herb I just have to try next year….all I need is a seed and I will always have a new plant to enjoy.

I purchased this seed from some farmers that said it was lemon squash. This is not Heirloom Lemon Squash. I was hoping to save some seed this year, but I won't be able to. I 'm not mad since this squash is producing quite a lot for two plants!
I purchased this seed from some farmers that said it was lemon squash. This is not Heirloom Lemon Squash. I was hoping to save some seed this year, but I won’t be able to. I ‘m not mad since this squash is producing quite a lot for two plants!

Becoming a “seedaholic” is perfect for someone trying to grow food on city lots. I can grow many new varieties each year, save the seed to my city’s climate.

This is Heirloom Lemon Squash. I put out four squash plants, and two were the cross and two were "true" Heirloom Lemon Squash.
This is Heirloom Lemon Squash. I put out four squash plants, and two were the cross and two were “true” Heirloom Lemon Squash.

I have a seed saving rotation, I just grow one variety out each year and then save all the seed. If a seed is “viable” for 3-8 yrs, I can grow many new vegetable, herbs and annual flowers to rotate in my small Urban Potager. I don’t have to recover from this addiction since it will help others, for example, I will save seeds that are acclimated to our area and share with others:-)

Written by Robbie

M.S. Education, , Organic Gardener, soil + nature lover, former modern dancer

9 comments

  1. Robbie, I recognize the symptoms…you are, indeed, a plantaholic! If I even mention buying plants now, my husband becomes agitated and complains that there is no more room left…he just doesn’t understand. 🙂

    1. Marsha,Thank you so much for commenting, I was wondering if I was alone in the world with this problem-lol. It was so much fun creating our urban potager space over the years, but there comes a point where you have to stop going to plant stores and browsing. Well, I know people that have an obsession with shoes, clothes, shopping in general,so at least being a plantaholic gives back to the environment, and we can just compost our clutter:-)

      1. And…we do share our plants with others…when you stop and think about it, we really are the Johnny Appleseeds of the modern world! 🙂

    1. I know, I was thinking that the other day..what is up with the lemon vegetables, robbie? They don’t taste like lemons! The Lemon Squash is my favorite, but very hard to find. I contacted some seed growers to ask if they would consider growing some out, so we don’t lose this heirloom. They did contact me back and said they would check into it for next season. There is only one company that has this old heirloom. I sure hope people start saving the seed from this great heirloom summer squash for backyard gardeners. The vines are more semi-bush and really fit into a smaller growing area which most of us with little space have in an urban area.

    1. LOVE O-Seed-D…married to a psychologist! Too funny!!! We sure are kindred spirits-just stopped by your blog and LOVE it!

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