This time last year I spent my lunch breaks and evenings watching my neighbours build their gardens. The activity around us was frantic as everyone rushed to complete their decks and fence themselves off. I was asked to keep an eye out for what was happening, because some of the neighbours had copied my mother’s U-shaped layout design. She wasn’t happy about it at all, and since my room — which doubles as my office — looks over the backyard, I was put on garden-watching duty.
This year though, my mother has come up with a new idea altogether for our garden. She wants to change up the layout a little bit and buy a few more plants. And, of course, start planting seeds. Beetroot and tomato seeds tend to germinate in colder temperatures, so we picked up some of those last weekend. The plan for this year is also to try harvesting seeds at the end of the season for next year.
On March 21, the Edmonton Seedy Sunday event is going virtual. You can buy seeds online from local vendors or sign up to listen to expert seed sowers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to just one day — organize a COVID-friendly seed swap with your neighbours! Sharing seeds in your community helps protect local varieties of plants from dying out. Whatever option you choose, the best part is you know exactly where your seeds are coming from.