THE SEED Garden Journal started as a personal desire to learn how to garden. I moved from the high rises of Vancouver, BC to the local farmland of South Surrey. I began by eating local and in season as well as researching how to plan for the winter. The following year I sourced local seed companies and learned that we are blessed with the best climate to grow food all year.
Each season I planted a new test a crop to study the growth, height, amount of sun and water required and how much food one plant produced. I ate some of what I grew and more often allowed the plants to go to seed so I could learn that process too.
Along the way I learned about hand pollination. I was not willing to accept the rumor of diminishing bees and I noticed that I was living inside a town-home community void of flowering plants. I decided to tackle the issue in two ways. I hand pollinated my cucumbers and zucchinis the first year and planted edible flowers and herbs around our home and community.
My test garden grew exponentially. Birds, bees and butterflies arrived as well as excitement from the neighbors that our community was blossoming! Soon quinoa, rhubarb, bergamont, and chocolate mint shared the common space along with the tree frogs.
Originally this journal was for me. Gardening, cooking and photography is a part of my lifestyle and I didn't think about turning it into work. Recently, I realized that creating for the love-of-it is the perfect thing to share.
I designed the journal to be used for my/your 28 favorite garden plants for 5 years. As much fun as it is to buy exotic seeds I've learned that simplicity is best. Plant what you love. Everything begins from a seed whether that be a seed of an idea or the seed of a plant. Focus on what you love and it will grow exponentially as well as the community around you. Bless the Planet.