Appalachia Gardening

Sow True Seed Sponsors the Blind Pig and The Acorn Garden


Sow True Seed has once again signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig and The Acorn Garden and I’m super excited about it! Last summer’s garden was a blur because of my health issues. I spent more time on the couch than in the garden and I can’t wait to reverse that this summer.

Sow True Seed has had an amazing year. They moved into bigger better digs that will better serve their endeavor of providing high quality, open-pollinated seeds in support of sustainable food production. They also got a new website to go along with those new digs-you can go here to peruse the site, order your own free catalog of seeds, and sign up for their free newsletter.

The site also has a great gardening blog which has tons of valuable information about plants, planting, and harvesting. Their planting guides page is very helpful for new gardeners. And if you’re into saving your own seeds from year to year Sow True Seed’s seed saving page is a must read.

As you might have guessed a re-location and website redesign has kept the folks at Sow True Seed really busy so you might see a few pages of their website that still need a little work. Sort of the same thing you’ve been seeing here on the Blind Pig with my move.

I’ve already got my Sow True Seed seeds and have been dreaming about what I want to do in the garden this year. We’re trying out a few new things and I’ll be sure to tell you all about them. And be on the lookout for information about my reporting @ large project. Sow True Seed graciously agreed to continue that sponsorship as well. I’m hearing rumors the reporting vegetable might be okra, but nothing has been decided for sure.


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  • Reply
    Leon Estes
    March 10, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I have never been much of a seed saver, but I think I will try harder now!

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    lynn legge
    March 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

    ohh I love seeing the new signs of growing things..i noticed what beautiful packets the seeds come you ever save them..or do you use on sticks to show what you planted? id be willing to pay for any used packets..and pay postage…let me know..
    and heres a prayer for you to have a very healthy year……xox

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    March 9, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Garden! What a lovely word and concept. Of course, it’s kinda hard to do any of that with two feet of snow on the ground. Sigh. I can dream. Guess it will warm up sometime this year and I’ll be able to dig in the ground some. Of course, here in the woods, it’s not likely that I’ll be able to grow much of any kind of crop. Guess that’s why the folks at the farmers’ markets are always so glad to see me.

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    Guitar Man
    March 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Any thoughts of coming up with a calendar of plant dates for this region?

    • Reply
      March 11, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Guitar Man, Thank you for asking! Yes I’ll be sharing my planting calendar as the beginning of each month like I have in the past. March got away from me before I could post it, but be on the lookout for April!

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    March 8, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I’m glad Sow True Seed’s are sponsoring your blog again. I use to live in Skyland and worked in Arden at Alliance-Carolina Tool and Mold Corp. It was the Best place I ever worked, run by a bunch of German-SS troups, but they didn’t believe the way Hitler did.

    If my back wouldn’t bother me so much, I’d try gardening again, I really miss it.

    As I scrolled down, under You Might Also Like, I saw something that caught my eyes. I clicked on it and it took me back to 20ll, to a story I wrote about Uncle Joe and his Pet Crow. That brought back some wonderful memories of a time when an 11 year old kid, riding his bike and visiting an
    ornery old uncle that tamed a Crow. …Ken

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    aw griff
    March 8, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Ron Stephens. Probably about 40 yrs. ago, after eating the blades and stems, I saved the roots and planted them. Many of them grew a new top. I’ll harvest the next ramps like you mentioned.

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    March 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

    What are digs?

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    Bill Burnett
    March 8, 2018 at 9:30 am

    My garden last year was a blessing, for the rabbits, groundhogs and deer. They destroyed three planting on beans nipping them off when they’d get about two inches. Due to health problems I may not be able to have a garden this year but I’ll try with what I can. I guess this came down from my ancestors who were all gardeners, my Dad in particular loved to be out in his garden every chance he got.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Do you still get a percentage from them and do we need to enter their site in any particular way for that to happen?

    I have been getting their catalogs for awhile and I am nearly sure I saw sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichoke) some time back but now I can’t find them. My Grandma used to walk about 2 miles to an old houseplace and dig them. The flowers are pretty in summer and then there are the crispy, crunchy tubers in fall.

    Not quite on the subject, but awhile back I went to a Brown Bag Seminar at the USFS Coweta Hydrologic Lab in Otto, NC. The subject was sustainable harvest of ramps. The speaker was a Mr. McCabe from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. Their traditional way to harvest is to cut the stem on a slant just above the bulb, leaving it and the roots so they come back. I’ll bet you all could have a bed in the woods up the holler.

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      March 8, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Ron-thank you for asking! Due to the move and things still being changed Sow True Seed isn’t doing their affiliate program right now, but will continue it in the future. So for now you can use any link to purchase from them instead of going through a certain one to help me : )

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    March 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Between the chickens, squirrels and deer, my lettuce trial in the fall didn’t turn out too good. The squirrels dug up most of the seed, trying to hide pecans. Some came up and were looking good, til a deer found them. Later, my hens found them, and they had a delicious snack, I’m sure. I ordered some more Jericho and a few others from Sow True Seed, and will try them again in the spring.
    The Rattlesnake aka preacher beans that I ordered from Sow True Seeds last year were a big hit. Will grow a lot more of those this season. The flavor is outstanding. Have you tried those?

    • Reply
      March 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Alice-thank you for the comment and for being part of my reporting @ large project. I have never tried the rattlesnake beans but now I want too 🙂

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    March 8, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Last year was a terrible gardening year for me – no two ways about it. I worked SO hard but the weather defeated all my efforts, from Spring on. It was pretty harsh. BUT! I have already planned my gardens for 2018 AND have already ordered my seeds from Sow True Seed. The way I see it, if I give up on gardening, I’ve pretty much given up on living. Here’s to a GREAT year of gardening!

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    March 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I will be following this, because I love learning anything about growing vegetables. I will not be at home much this summer, so it will be interesting to see how my garden fares. Dad grew a garden right up until the end, and I had to take vacation from work to help him harvest and can. When my family gives me a hard time about working so hard, I just tell them I hope when my time comes I am right out there in that garden. This is the way of our Appalachian people!

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    March 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hi Tipper, GARDEN,I’m looking forward to having a small above grown garden this year.Were moving back to the main land the end of may.Do you know anything about ”comfrey bocking 14″ ? It’s good for medicen, fertilzer,and chicken food,so i’m going to ask Son to plant some.Tucson az will be home soon.God Bless.

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