Gina, who is inspired by “…The heirloom tomatoes at the San Francisco farmers market: “Heaven on earth to me! I’d love to grow some of those myself.“
Paula, who spent her, “…childhood years on a working farm, and didn’t appreciate it until I went away to college. Now I’m becoming passionate (obsessed) with where my food comes from, so I’m planning on starting my garden this year.“
And even though I said only two winners, I threw in a third because there were so may entries and I couldn’t help myself.
Beth, who says she is inspired by her first harvest from her first vegetable garden, grown last year. “Meager as it is, it was really exciting to have food we had grown ourselves, and seeing it now just gets me excited for how much more we can try to do this coming season.“
Thanks everyone for inspiring us by telling us what inspires you.
I showed a photo of this plant when the leaves are fully emerged in the post about Erika’s unusual house plants.
This is what it looks like when the tuber is just beginning to come out of dormancy. At this stage the plant brings to mind a flattened potato crossed with an African violet that has exceptionally soft and velvety leaves.
Here’s a photo of a flower that had just fallen from the larger plant:
If you’d like to learn more, I’ve found this page to be very helpful. It includes photos of other Sinningias in their native habitat in Brazil, which goes a long way to explaining the kind of growing conditions it prefers.
I hear that snowstorms have hit many of you, and that a bunch of snow is set to dump all over my region sometime late this week. What better time to get excited about seedstarting?
This weekend marks Montreal’s 10th Annual Seed Fair (aka Seedy Saturday & Sunday). It’s a two day affair featuring free workshops and presentation, and a seed exchange table. Dozens of local seed producers will be set up to sell their organic and heirloom vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds.
I’ll be there signing copies of my book and will be giving a presentation on Sunday afternoon.
I’m really excited about this event. Toronto’s Seedy Saturday is my favourite garden event, hands down. I’m curious to experience it through a different city with their own local vendors and sense of community gardening spirit. Plus, it’s held at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, which just happens to have the best greenhouse I have visited as of yet.
Saturday, Feb 13 – Sunday, Feb 14
10am to 4pm
Montreal Botanical Gardens | Jardin botanique de MontrÃƒÂ©al
Pavillon d’ accueil
4101 Sherbrooke Street East
A list of vendors and speakers can be found here.
To promote the event and my book, I will be doing several media interviews this week:
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010.
CBC Radio Noon (Montreal)
Friday, Feb 12, 2010.
The Tommy Schnurmacher Show – CJAD 800
The Kim Fraser Show – CJAD 800
Saturday, Feb 13, 2010.
The Chris Robinson Travel Show – CJAD 800
I really like the stem.