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Getting people growing things - a small impact from sharing starts...

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Last year I grew way too many tomato starts from my saved seeds. So I shared them. I explained I didn't know what some of the varieties were, just that they tasted good so I saved them.

I gave some to the neighbours.

I gave some to relatives.

I gave some to some to very distant relatives who were going through some hard times.

I probably gave away 50+ plants. I thought I was just setting them up for a year of tomato growing.

This year, feedback is trickling back. The family that is still in hard times, normally buys tomato starts and grows a garden. They saved seeds from my plants, saying they grew better than anything they bought in the past. This year, they have already planted seeds and will share with their parents/family and maybe return one variety to me!  I will offer them some squash seed, I think.

Another relative lives in a low income housing development. She saved seeds from the plants I gave her last year, and bought seeds, has started plants, and is planning on giving dozens away to her neighbours. She wants some of our rhubarb and maybe some other things...

A friend I gave squash to (not at all a gardener)  saved the seeds and plans to plant them in some scrub land to see if they grow. He also grew his first tomatos from my starts last year.

Anyway - smiling this morning. It cost me next to nothing to grow and share tomato starts. But the ripples from doing so.... We will see.  

I will give more seeds and more starts away again this year. It will be interesting to see where they end up.

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You leveled up from grow gardens to to growing gardeners!
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