Hugo Morvan wrote:
Can't they even think for a minute?
Charli Wilson wrote: as if stockpiling seeds were useful...
Kc Simmons wrote:Catie, I completely agree! Even if we're able to get the virus under control and the quarantine is lifted, I can see it taking a while for the economy to level out.
Last week, I think, it became manditory in my county (maybe whole state) for non essential businesses to close to the public. This includes businesses like hair salons, electronic sales/repairs, antique stores, and various others where people depend on sales/services for income instead of a salary. I've seen on my Facebook page where some local beauticians & other business owners that work from theirs homes or a rented/leased shop space are worried about how they're going to pay their bills without the income, and many are worried about losing their shop space since they're required to be closed, but the rent/mortgage payment is still expected to be paid. I'm thinking, if this quarantine continues & those people are unable to recoup their source of income, it will hurt the whole community, especially since I live in a small, rural town.
Fortunately, I already work from home, in the education system, from a company in the Dallas metroplex, so my income hasn't been threatened (yet), but who knows what the future holds. For that reason, I'm doing the same as you are. I'm planting way more than I originally planned, and also trying several new things in new beds in hopes of getting experience with them, building soil and, hopefully, a small yield. I'm getting ready to make the semi monthly trip to town, today, and will grab some quinoa, and more dried beans/field peas if there are any in stock. When I go to the feed store for my rabbit feed, I will also probably get a bag of oats and wild birdseed to keep on hand. Do you have any other suggestions for things I should look for in the grocery section?
Catie George wrote:I am trying new things this year - flour corn, quinoa, a few brassicas, hullless oats. I anticipate I won't get a good yield this year ( I almost always do better with saved seeds than fresh bought seeds), and they are going in a new garden bed, which are never as productive as established beds. But the seeds won't be wasted - next year, I will know what I am doing, will plant larger blocks of whatever was most successful, and the yield will improve.
Alder Burns wrote:I wonder if it might be a good idea to start a seed swap/sale/giveaway thread too, especially if this shortage goes on and deepens. As a veteran seed saver I'm going to be letting some plants of many kinds make seed this year!
Catie George wrote:I can see this crisis extending into next year, businesses failing, supply chain interruptions, job losses, etc. ... I can't guarantee that next year won't be worse than this year - and harder to buy seeds.
Dan Boone wrote:
Due to illness and labor shortages and a hostile business climate for small business, I won't be shocked if seeds are hard to source at this time next year, too -- even if the pandemic is a distant memory.