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Seedlings, not seeds

One of the most gratifying things about putting out the word that a patio garden is in the offing has been the offer of seeds from friends near and a little bit far. Seed shopping? Nope. Don’t need to.

One of the offers came from a coworker, who told me she had a variety of heirloom tomato seeds and some Tokyo onions, a varietal that she described as somewhere between a green onion and a leek, and that is excellent when doused with brown sugar and soy sauce and thrown on a grill until caramelized.

“We pretty much throw them in the dirt and they grow,” she said.

“That sounds like the right kind of plant for me,” I replied. “I’m definitely in.”

A few days later, she popped her head back in the office. “I’m afraid I’ve communicated incorrectly about the seeds,” she said. “I may have been unclear.”

I assumed that she was about to tell me she didn’t really have any seeds, and that I was pretty much SOL on that front. I have one of those minds that makes up the story in absence of any sort of facts, so sure enough, I was already figuring out which one of my other friends might be able to share some of their seeds.

“I can’t give you seeds,” she said. “I’m going to have to give you seedlings. I already have them all started.”

Good people of the Internet, I cannot emphasize enough what LITTLE problem this is. Someone else will have done the work for me. For all intents and purposes, this is like going to a store and buying seedlings, except I don’t have to buy them. All I will have to do is throw them in the dirt in the wine barrels and call it done.

Of course, there is no dirt in the wine barrels yet. So, there’s that to be taken care of. Ahem.

5 Comments on “Seedlings, not seeds”

  1. #1 Susan
    on Mar 12th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Yum. Those onions and that preparation style sounds delish!

  2. #2 Heather's Garden
    on Mar 12th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Uh, you’d better get on that — the dirt situation I mean. I want a coworker who gives me heirloom tomato seedlings. All my work colleague wants to give me is rosemary from her vacation place in Tucson. Rosemary’s the only thing I have growing in my kitchen right now!

  3. #3 Nova @ Organic Home Garden
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    lucky you. wish i have a coworker like that. oh wait, i don’t work, so a friend or a neighbor like that will do. hehe.

  4. #4 inadvertentgardener
    on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Susan, doesn’t it?

    Heather, I know! I know!

    Nova, yeah — totally. :-)

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