I just received my first 2014 seed catalog in the mail. Bountiful Gardens is a really good choice for seeds.
Now is the time to think about whether you want to save seeds starting with next year’s plantings. You’ll need to learn about the seed saving requirements for the different species you might want to save (minimum number of plants, cross-pollination protection from related varieties, etc.) and then choose appropriate varieties for your bioregion, garden microclimate(s) and types of growing beds (raised, sunken, container gardening, trellising, greenhouse, runoff capture site, etc.).
From the Bountiful Gardens website:
Bountiful Gardens is a non-profit organization and a project of Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula which does garden research and publishes many books, information sheets, and research papers, some in other languages. Ecology Action operates a research mini-farm in Willits, CA and promotes the GROW BIOINTENSIVE™ method of food production
Bountiful Gardens sells untreated open-pollinated non-GMO seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. We are able to offer many varieties as Certified Organic, Natural, Biointensive or Grow Biointensive™ sustainable seed. CCOF Certified Organic Handler, CDFA OP #23-0336.
Specialties: Rare and unusual varieties. Medicinal herbs. Super-nutrition varieties.
Biointensive books/videos for growing soil sustainably using mini-farming techniques such as double-digging, intensive spacing,and companion planting.
I bought the hard wheat seeds that I grew for several years in a community garden plot from Bountiful Gardens.
Adapted from Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains: A guide to high-altitude, semi-arid home permaculture gardens, 4th edition, 2013:
An eco-agricultural system that can be a gardening method for permaculture zone 1 is biointensive mini-farming. Biointensive farming has been practiced by numerous cultures for thousands of years. It is designed to allow people in poor, overpopulated, land-scarce countries to live healthy lives on the least amount of food possible. It was created as an organic alternative to synthetic chemical-laden Green Revolution techniques. The nonprofit Ecology Action was formed to promote biointensive techniques.
Biointensive farming emphasizes annual food crops, biennials grown as annuals, and raised bed organic gardening techniques that allow people to grow the maximum amount of food calories and nutrients on the smallest plots of land possible. See p. 105 for a listing of high-yielding biointensive crops.
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