Appalachia Gardening

Sow True Seed Sponsors Blind Pig and The Acorn’s 2016 Garden Season

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Sow True Seed has once again signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig and The Acorn garden as well as the Blind Pig & The Acorn Reporters @ Large planting project.

Sow True Seed is located in Asheville NC, they have a great website for those of you who live to far away to visit, and their seeds can also be found in racks all over the place. (go to this page to see the rack locations)

The company has a large selection of heirloom seeds and they strive to find varieties that do well in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

With an eye on the future, Sow True Seed has taken a stand to help ensure the purity of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds so future generations can continue to grow their favorite veggies, save their seed from year to year, and continue the circle of growing that our ancestors handed down to us.

Sow True Seed has an impressive selection of vegetable, flower, herb, and cover crop seeds.

  • They offer open-pollinated, non hybrid, and untreated seed-meaning you can save your seed from year to year with each new plant’s yield staying true to the original yield.
  • Much of their seed production is USDA Certified Organic-and they’re striving to increase their organic varieties each year.
  • Heirloom seeds-which are always open pollinated-make up most of Sow True Seed’s inventory.

Sow True Seed also offers programs such as:

  • Customized Seed Packets – think weddings, birthdays, anniversaries
  • A Donation Program – Sow True Seed donates un-used seed to qualifying organizations and groups
  • A Fund Raising Program for schools and other organizations
  • Garlic Fest – where you can learn all you need to know about planting, caring, harvesting, and storing your garlic

In addition you can get seed garlic, sweet potato slips, seed potatoes, garden collections, hand tools, tee shirts, gift certificates, and a variety of how to/gardening books from Sow True Seed.

Jump over to their website and while you’re there sign up for Sow True Seed’s great newsletter which is always a pleasure to read with helpful tips and gardening info. The newsletter is FREE. Be sure to check out the Sow True Seed Blog too!

Be on the look out for more information about the Blind Pig & the Acorn Reporters @ Large Planting Project in the coming days-this year’s trial vegetable is cucumbers.



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  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Bryant-I don’t think Sow True Seed carries those roses. But hopefully someone will chime in with a place that does! Thank you for the comment : )

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    Perri Morrison Smith
    March 2, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hi! I was wondering if you had ever run across a repellent for stink bugs that can be applied to the bright side of my house where they congregate near my door and windows? They are so very sneaky! They can get indoors through the tiniest crack, and are nigh near impossible to catch before they’ve hidden somewhere. If you have any ideas about these stinky critters, please share them with us. I noticed a couple today when it was warm, and I started dreading their return. Thank you!

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    Ed Ammons
    March 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    In the fall of 2014 I planted some onions and kept them mulched through the winter. I wanted to see what they would do in the spring if they survived the winter. They all survived and got an early start but all of them bolted. I harvested them along with my other onions and ate all but two. I had heard that onions that had bolted were tough and too sharp tasting to eat, but these were as good as the onions I planted in the spring.
    The two I didn’t eat were left outside on the carport on top of a toolbox all winter. We haven’t had much of a winter but we have had several nights well below freezing and a few days that never got above freezing. Today I looked at the two-two year old onions. One has green shoots about three inches long and the other looks like it is ready to burst forth in foliage at any moment.

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    Pam Danner
    March 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I love the beautiful seed packages! That little bunny rabbit with the cabbage is so cute. I would like to try their seeds. Must be good if you use them!

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    Ken Roper
    March 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I lived in the Asheville area in the late 70’s and most of the 80’s and I’m glad to know that Sow True Seeds are sponsoring your blog again. And it’s good to know there’s still folks out there holding on to the heirloom stuff for us.
    My friend’s mom, Inez Solesbee passed recently and she was 101 years old. I worked with her son David for a few years after High School and got to know that family well. She will be missed! …Ken

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    March 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Do you think SOW TRUE SEEDS have Cofederate Rose abushes?
    Bryant Cooper – Princeton, TX

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    March 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I previously ordered from a different heirloom seed company, but am so happy to have found Sow True Seed through your blog. You reminded me I need to place that order today – I’m late planting my beans already here in Florida!

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    March 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Love that image of the seed packets 🙂
    Sow True Seed has become one of my favorite seed sources, since I first learned about them here on Blind Pig! Not only did I order most of my organic vegetable seeds from them this year, but I finally remembered to put in a pre-order for Egyptian Walking Onions, to be sent at planting time – pretty exciting 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    March 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Sow True is the best, they are saving our future one seed at a time!

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    b. Ruth
    March 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

    My goodness just look at those beautiful seed packets…We love cucumbers and look forward to the types that will be sponsored.
    The two stores, (Earth Fare) that are close to us, that carry Sow True Seeds are in Knoxville and we know exactly where they are. We may just drop by there the next time we make a trip to the big box store in Knoxville, now that you gave us that helpful store finder list.
    Yesterday, with the warm temperatures, sure made one want to dig in the dirt. It is supposed to be as warm today, but alas the chance of thunderstorms are moving in and we may also have another dip in the temperature. Still, there are the signs that Spring is on it’s way. The over all color of the bark on some trees has changed from that dreary gray. Early blooming trees are beginning to show some swollen buds. The year round birds are singing territorial songs and of course the chorus frogs and peepers are keeping up their songs with the above freezing night temperatures…
    Looking forward to your next garden post.
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…The main sign I saw that Spring is on its way….I saw a couple of those little pesky black ants…
    About the time we think we conquered those critters, they show up this year!…Well, I need to nip them in the bud with the peppermint and cinnamon essential oils…ha
    You need to do a bug/ant remedy post and get feedback from your readers. As to how their suggestions will fair on get ridding of them… from garden pests to household ants….ha

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