Jeff and B love to go around the garden saving seeds together. It’s something they’ve always enjoyed the two of them so they are our official seed savers in this family. B has been collecting seeds and planting seeds since he was first able to do so and he’s always coming over with a handful of some sort of tiny seeds to show me. Lately they’ve been collecting vegetable seeds (celery, lettuce, peas, kale, collards), herb seeds (catnip, chives, nettles), and flower seeds (calendula, zinnia, cosmos, marigold.) They re-purpose all sorts of containers to hold their seeds and right now we have a whole windowsill full of them.
Jeff had tools malfunctioning, orders waiting to be finished, and a to-do list nothing short than overwhelming. I watched him step away from it all for a few minutes, join B in the garden with containers, and fully enter the world of seed saving. I like listening to them, watching their hands work side by side, and snapping a picture or two before heading back to my task of taking pictures of the newest buttons for the shop. What a great way to take a break from the workshop on a beautiful day and get out in the sunshine. And come spring, all those seeds they saved will be such a blessing. Our spring tradition is to bring out the “seed drawer” with all the jars and containers full of the seeds and each year the large majority of the seeds we plant are the ones Jeff and B have saved, I’m so grateful to them both.