At the end of the last growing season I had a lot of my seeds set out in preparation for drying and subsequent storage. Unfortunately one of my family members tossed them out. I was livid because I had spent time making sure I'd get a lot of seeds, fought birds, plant snatchers and the odd foul ball from the neighbor's yard that always seemed to land directly on a flower head.
A lot of my work and vigilance went down the drain- or should I say down the trash can. When I questioned my family member that tossed them out I was really surprised by how unsympathetic the reaction was.
"Whatever, they're just seeds."
Actually they were MY seeds that I went through a lot of work to collect. And they were going to be used for trades and to build up the number of plants in the garden.
"They're just seeds that grow some plants."
Seeds grow more than just plants. It was the realization that saving the biggest, nicest seeds from the best crops would result in better crops and that realization allowed our expansion out of the cradle of civilization. Because of seeds I've met a lot of really cool people on the internet and have been exposed to plants I could never afford to buy let alone find on a seed rack. From my experience seeds grow friends. The generous seed traders I met on GW not only shared seeds with me but I was able to give seeds to others, I shared seeds and seedlings with my neighbors. These seeds that came from across the country helped beautify my community and I found myself having conversations with people in my neighborhood who I had never really spoken with before. From my experience seeds grow a community.
In the middle of my rant (which fell on deaf ears) it dawned on me that I had created my own personal tag line.
"Seeds Grow More Than Just Plants"
The next time you're faced with someone who doesn't understand your need to buy seeds, stop your car along the road to harvest a seed pod or go out into your garden at night flashlight in hand to check on the ripening seed pod(s), explain to them that they're not just seeds and that "Seeds Grow More Than Just Plants."
I used a Sony Cybershot Digital Camera, a sheet of white paper and an opaque take out container to take the photo of the Castor bean you see on this blog entry. If you want to reproduce the effect of a pure white background in some of your photos see this mini-tutorial entry on my other blog. If you have questions feel free to ask them in the comments section of that blog entry.