Growing from seed is building food resilience

Who remembers the start of lockdown 2020? I think my last shopping trip before the shops shut was a quick trip out to buy frost cloth and gumboots — I suspected it could be a long winter, and I’d need more fresh food in the garden if the shops ran out of produce.

I’ll never forget the sickening feeling in my stomach to see the shelves of vegetable seedlings empty. It was a reminder of how precarious our food system is — and not just the FOOD system, but also the GARDENING industry.

My local garden centre in March 2020: no vegetable plants left

That trip to my local hardware store fostered the wish to help more people learn to become more self-sufficient, to grow their own food, and to grow it from seeds, save the seeds, make their own seed raising mix, make their own potting mix, and even make all their own compost.

One of the very few silver linings to the 2020 lockdown was seeing enthusiasm for gardening. We may be back to our normal(ish) reality in New Zealand, but I recommend you still keep up the good gardening habits you aspired to last year.

One of the more popular resources for seed sowing is the biodynamic moon planting calendar, which I update each month over on my website. You can go get your copy here.

Oh, and another handy tip is to make your own seed raising mix. Here’s a recipe that I’ve found works really well.

DIY Seed raising mix recipe

Good luck with your seed sowing this year!

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Compost Coach based in Titirangi, West Auckland, New Zealand. Using biodynamics to help home gardeners make top quality soil.

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