All seed-saving at Bealtaine Cottage helps to preserve heirloom seeds’ genetic diversity!
This is Bealtaine Cottage Lunaria.
This seed has adapted over twelve years to grow in difficult conditions, for as you know, it rains frequently here and the gardens are all on a north-facing slope.
This is why the seed saved here, year after year, is more resilient than commercial seed, which is grown in ideal conditions for the maximum production value!
Saving seed also makes one value the pollinators, especially the Bees…for without their incredible work there would not be any seed to collect!
During the 1900’s we experienced a startling drop in the number of heirloom varieties—because gardeners stopped saving and trading their own seeds.
Here at Bealtaine Cottage I have developed a seed bank over twelve years, adding more and more seed year on year, as the biodiversity increased similarly throughout the gardens.
When we rely on commercial seed companies, any seeds that sell slowly simply get dropped from production and disappear.
If you would like to support this vital work of seed-saving and building resilience for the future, consider purchasing some seed from Bealtaine Cottage…
Click on the link below to see what’s available so far… (I’m adding continually as more becomes ready to pack!)