Heirloom Vegetable Seeds

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Heirloom Seeds saving the future

What Really Comes out of the Closet?

My Seed Saving Secrets


Furtively, I sneak into the bedroom closet. Way back over in the corner, do you see it?

Shrouded in a collection of scarves, deep in the back recesses of dust bunny heaven is my sagacious stash of heirloom seeds.

My palms are sweating, and my pulse is racing. Nervously, I lick my lips.

It’s one of life’s guilty pleasures, sorting packets of promise.

Tomatoes, peppers, lentils, and collard greens are all there. Are y’all tingly?

When the garden catalogs arrive, I dutifully inventory the closeted seed collection. Varieties must be scrutinized, so I know what to order, trade for, beg for, or hmmmmm “retrieve” from others gardens.

I organize the booty by family…you know tomatoes, peppers, and beans.

I love this exercise! It’s exhilarating!

Are there enough tomatoes? Of course not!

Do I really need another variety of eggplants? DUH.

Is there cause to order more peppers? Hello?

Come planting season, Reality sets in.

Charlie doesn’t approve of twenty tomato varieties, stockpiles of squash seed, and collections of cucumbers. Charlie, the Reluctant Gardener.

I only show him what I want him to see.


Did you notice that double secret seed stash hidden on the top shelf of my closet, masquerading as a gift bag?

Don’t tell Charlie! Giggles

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More about Seed Saving

Trading Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Bill’s Best’s Berea Farm

Appalachian Seed Swap

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.