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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Glorious Seeds


Sow true seed march 2015

It was a chilly 5 degrees when I left for work Friday morning. After work I had to run to Hayesville and I was amazed by the frozen features I saw along the way. There were icicles hanging from branches, frozen waterfalls cascading down road banks, and every patch of dampness had turned itself into an ice skating rink.

After my errands were completed I headed home looking forward to stretching out by the heater to soak up the warmth. Little did I know sunshine and hot weather were waiting on me too.

My Sow True Seed arrived on one of the coldest days of the year. As I looked through the box and dreamed of the coming summer garden I swear I felt the warm sun on my bare arms and smelled freshly turned dirt.

Sow True Seed has signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig & the Acorn garden once again this year-and I couldn’t be happier. Their seeds are top notch-if you’ve never visited their website-click here to jump over and browse. Sow True Seed offers a large selection of open-pollinated, non-hybrid, and GMO-free seeds. The company features heirloom and certified organic seeds-many of the varieties have been grown in western North Carolina for generations.

The great folks at Sow True Seed have asked me to deputize Blind Pig & the Acorn Squash Reporters @ Large this year. So if you like to grow squash and want to try a new variety-be on the lookout for more details.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    January 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Looking at my neighbors’ and daughter’s gardens, Onion sets and potatoes are in the ground, spinach, carrots, and Kale are being harvested. These are the few things that our cold weather snaps don’t bother too much. I hope to get my spring garden ground ready soon since I didn’t get a winter garden in and get potatoes and onions in the ground. May put some carrots in although around here its a bit late – they are so much sweeter when harvested during our “cold spells” – and we have been in the teens recently but it warms up into the 30s and 40s during the cold spells and into the 60s and 70s otherwise.
    – – – just ramblin’ and thinking about garden joy.

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    b. Ruth
    January 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Now that is a warmer day, my thoughts are turning to seed planting. I sent for Sow True Seed catalogs and reeived two…one for the hubby and one for me or one to pass on to a friend.
    We are going to cut back on garden this year….oh yeah, last famous words! Always, always end up planting more or about the same.
    I just might try that Acorn Squash planting experiment this year, since I have that big permaculture box, the better half made last year. The soil should be just about perfert this year.
    My arthritis makes it hard for me to cut those thick squash skins, but can manage to cut one in half, scrape out the seed, put in some butter and brown sugar and bake it little skin nearly off…LOL
    Yummm, love those winter squashes fixed that way!
    Thanks Tipper, and Sow True Seed…will place an order soon as I can make up my mind…so many hierloom bean varieties!

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    January 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Squash is one of my favorite vegetables, spaghetti style especially. I look forward to your future information. I also enjoy acorn squash. I have never tried to grow any squashes.

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    Festus Haggen
    January 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Fried yellow squash is probably my favorite food. I also like it in soups and casseroles. It is really easy for me to grow, in fact year before last, two hills took over most of my little garden. I can’t wait to see what being a Deputy Squarsh Reporter entails.

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    Ken Roper
    January 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Sow True Seeds has been a blessing to
    the folks in the Appalachian Mountains, especially having seeds after all the rains we had last year.
    It’s Cold as Nantahala Kraut again
    today. As I started to work, sleet
    covered my windshield until I only had a peep hole to look out of. The wipers just skipped over till I got almost here. I’m looking forward to
    plantin’ time again…Ken

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    Marc Kruger
    January 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Tipper, It is certainly a small world. My wife Carol and I visited with long time friends this year who live up the hill from Lake Chatuge. Their mailing address is Hayesville. You certainly live in one of the most beautiful and friendly areas of the country.
    Thank you for the Sow True Seed information. I do not grow hybrids and stick to the heirloom varieties. I will visit their website and no doubt place an order. Our growing season here in Wisconsin is short but most things grow quickly. Okra is one of the normally Southern plants that is extremely fruitful as I always have enough to share with family and friends.

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    January 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Still very cold here too. Just looking at the picture warms me with thoughts of spring and a summer garden!

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    January 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    My husband loves to make a garden and got several pkgs. of Sow True Seeds from one of our daughters for Christmas. He cannot wait to make that garden!

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    Chuck Dodds
    January 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    You make my day just by letting me receive your blog.
    God Bless You. You are so real !

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    January 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    We are getting additional seeds from Sow True Seeds this year (those we didn’t harvest ourselves), actually going there to visit their store and talk with them a bit. I enjoyed participating in your/their bean experiment! Looking forward hearing more about the squash project and being deputized!
    Stay warm:)

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Sounds so beautiful there even with the cold weather. I wish I could participate, but I live in a condo.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Now that is a warm cheerful thought, Tipper. I look out my windows and everything looks grey, cold, and dead. I open your post this morning and it’s full of hope for luscious green plants, sunshine, and fresh vegetables.
    Thank you and thanks to Sow True for all they do to preserve REAL FOOD!!

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