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Which seeds would you request if you had a free source for anything?  RSS feed

 
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Let's say that you had a free source for plant seeds for just about any species?

which seeds would you request?


 
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perennials to start

i would start with some sunchokes helianthus tuberosus i believe
varities: PJ's Wild Jerusalem Artichoke, Red Feseau

Chinese Artichokes or Stachys Affinis
i dont know of any varieties that are superior or preferred to my eyes, i think there may be one named variety

linden tree seeds
perennial, hardy greens, plus its a tree so its got tons of benefits with it

nettle, id personally prefer the full sting variety because i'd be afraid of losing some of the good stuff if oyu will that comes with the already natural, wild state of nettle



i'd also get some fodder beets and some daikon radishes for building soil and breaking hardpan and stuff

keep it small so as not to ask too much but if there's no limit, just go crazy and get your whole list for your site - also list will be different depending on your climate, for my climate though, thats my list
 
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I actually know a botanist that says they have connections with various universities and gardens around the world and say they can get seeds.

I was thinking of asking for:

resistant American chestnut
Paw paw
Hazelnut
Cranberry
Asian pear

That's all I could think of for now.
 
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Ooh! Blight-resistant American Chestnut!

My list would probably include a lot of invasives and non-natives, and I would be looking for non-GMO organic stock, preferably from the northernmost latitudes in which they will grow for hardiness' sake.

Trees/shrubs

Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce, Coast Redwood, Doug Fir, viable soil samples for each, Quercus Macrocarpa, Siberian Pea Shrub, Russian Olive, Red Mulberry, Green Alder (preferably at least two subspecies, crispa and sinuata), a few raspberry and blackberry types, preferably with an aim to have each bearing successively, Hawthorne, a selection of apple, peach, pear, plum, and apricot seeds and/or stones, again preferably selected for winter/frost hardiness where possible, Blight-resistant American Chestnut, Sugar Maple, Red Pine, White Pine, Korean Pine, Sugar Pine, three species of Yew (Taxus baccata, Taxus brevifolia, Taxus canadensis), Black Walnut, phyllostachys edulis (a type of lumber bamboo), black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and some of the lesser-cultivated berries like Serviceberry, Bayberry, and Bearberry, although these might not all be shrubs. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

I would love to get a selection of different varieties of grape, both varieties usually cultivated for food and those prized for viticulture. I would also want as many prairie denzien species as I can get, both tall and short grass, with a focus on natural foraging of ruminants and browsers both. I would also love a diversity of wild blueberry seeds and cultivated ones, and some currant species.

If I had space in the cargo container, I'd fill it up with cold-hardy varieties of buckwheat, hull-less oats, barley, and rye.

Free is a good price. This, by the way, probably isn't an exhaustive list for what I am planning. "What if" is one of the most powerful questions in any language.

-CK

EDIT: The moment I hit the Submit button, I realised I had no hops. And (I stress THIS part is not a request, but its utility in a permaculture setting is hard to dismiss) Cannabis (just some varieties suitable for fibre, seed, and for animal fodder/forage, I don't have a problem finding the medical variety ).

EDIT2: Amaranth, quinoa, spelt.
 
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Italian frying peppers, tomatoes, onions, berries, spinach, cabbage, zucchini, and eggplant
 
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Dwarf coconuts from India, diverse corn varieties from Chiapas, Mexico, papaya from Bali, peach palm, pilinut, diverse nitrogen fixers, a garlic that grows well in the sub tropics, perennial onions, dragons blood tree, palo santo, coco de mer, and Caribbean hot peppers-
 
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I would ask Santa for
Seaberry, "Sunny" variety.
Hazelnut
Siberian Pea tree
Magnolia tree
Locust
Sugar maple
Apple
peach
cherry

And I would ask him to let me go back in time and tell myself not to throw away the paw-paw seeds last fall. What came over me?!?
 
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This is a neat older thread.  Thanks for bringing it to life.

My wishlist:

Frostweed - Verbesina virginica L.
Green Milkweed - Asclepias virdis
Rattlesnake Master - Eryngium yuccifolium
White Rosinweed - Silphium albiflorum

Tatume - squash/pumpkin

 
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Yes glad this one was resurrected, I forgot I wanted linden and it's cool to look at other people's wish lists too
 
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My family had a pink beefsteak that dated back to my grandmother almost a hundred years ago. Seeds were saved every year all those many years. The summer before my mother died all the tomatoes she planted came up as cherry tomatoes. The tomato was pink as I said. It was kind of oblong, longer than wide and slightly flattened. It was very meaty, with small seed cavities. The stem went extremely neatly into the tomato. There were never any cracks. The bottom was also perfect. The skin wrapped around the sides and across the bottom with no buttons or marks of any kind.

I never realized what we had, that it wasn't a known variety. I've been searching for a few years for that tomato and can't find it. It's kinda like Dester, or Tennessee Heirloom, but more perfect.

I'd be happy with a few seeds from that tomato, The familyname Perfect Pink Beefsteak.
 
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