“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.” Michael Pollan
Day two of the ‘Get growing Greenroyd’ project began this morning with the sowing of dozens and dozens of tomato, pepper and courgette seeds which will be distributed between the residents who start growing their own food with us, sowing so many of these particular types of seeds is important as they are nutritious vegetables that are out of the price range for many in the current economic climate. and with a packet of around 60 seeds costing the equivalent price of three or four supermarket tomatoes, the potential for growing hundreds of your own tomatoes for a few pence makes a great deal of economic sense on many different levels. After the seed sowing the bases of the two fruit trees were scattered with hundreds of chive seeds and compost, the chives help to protect the trees from some fungus’s, and since they are a perennial plant they help to keep weeds and other unwanted plants away from the base of the tree. But employing permaculture principles to an urban community setting we simultaneously work towards the well being of both people and local eco systems.
setting up a garden with our first grower
In the afternoon myself and local resident Jamie assembled the greenhouse for his front garden where his seed trays will be housed until they are big enough and strong enough to go outside, we also sowed a good number of edible flower seeds that are also beneficial to local pollinating insects. Later in the afternoon I met Jamie’s kids and both are keen to try and grow some fruit and vegetables in large pots, so as part of next weeks work schedule I will be seed sowing with Jamie and his kids on their return from School.