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The little ones that have sprouted.

Some things are so easy: zucchini, winter squash, lettuce, carrots, chard, beets…even tomatoes. Some things are not, one in particular: peppers. I am having a go at getting these things to germinate. In my first attempt, I planted five varieties, a total of 15 seeds. I have three surviving plants. For round two, I planted 4 varieties, a total of 32 seeds. Six have sprouted, representing three of the four varieties. I had to abandon the warming pad because I had other veggies already sprouting that needed sunlight immediately. I have no good indoor place with direct sunlight. Luckily, several days of very warm weather helped some of those seeds to do what they do. But, why not the others?

I made a commitment to plant everything from seed this growing season. Aside from producing a garden full of delicious fruits and vegetables, growing from seed, heirloom and organic, feels like an act of defiance, a way to give the finger, so to speak, to companies such as Monsanto and all the legislation and regulation that support their practices. In years past, as I perused my local nursery for starts, a voice in my head would whisper, “You really have no idea where these come from.” Up until a few years ago it was very difficult to find organic starts. Recently, a link to this blog post, alerting backyard gardeners of Monsanto owned starts sold at many nurseries, has landed in my inbox, Facebook feed, and various other places.

Just before sitting down to write this post, a link to this article in my Facebook feed gave me one more reason to be vigilant about what the Monsantos of the world are doing to our food system. I could step onto my soapbox at this point, but won’t because the issue has been covered at length on various blogs, in documentaries, and countless news articles. If this is a new topic to you, the documentary, Food, Inc., is a good place to start. In my ire against Monsanto, I am driven to trudge on. Maybe, I just won’t have peppers (or too many of them) in my garden this year.  And, that is okay.

Acts of Defiance:

I am hopeful from many bunches of grapes this year. Last year the vine got sick and produced nothing.

Two varieties of garlic.

One of six tomato plants that have made it into the ground so far. Three more varieties on the way!

The Calypso beans with one corner of Swiss chard.