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From a dollar's worth of seeds

  • Subject: [cg] From a dollar's worth of seeds
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:45:04 -0500

Challenge from a frugal list:
If I had a dollar challenge--
Assume you find a dollar on the ground. You need to spend it on something
besides bills. Practical is ok but frivilous treats are better. And NO
saving it.

What do you come up with?
Other peoples' choices included various food items, postage stamps, beads, a
carosel ride, and a candle. What would you choose? (And if you are outside
the US, use whatever US$1 would equal or a Euro, etc.) My answer is below.
You're probably not surprised to hear that I chose garden seeds :-).
I tried to go for variety, flexibility, nutrition,taste, and good yields.
If you chose seeds, would you pick a similar or a
different 10?  I might have chosen mustard greens instead of turnips if they
had those in 10 cent packets around here. That would have been good greens
plus a spice.  I could have picked collard greens which would last through
the winter.  No 10 cent kale seeds yet.  No 10 cent butternut squash, though
pie pumpkins are available.

Note: 10 cent seeds available so far are:

Vegetables: Beans-Green, Beans-Lima, Beans-Yellow, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage,
Cantaloupe, Carrots, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Lettuce,
Okra, Onion-Bunching, Pea-Green, Pepper-Sweet Bell, Pepper-Jalapeno,
Pumpkin-Pie, Pumpkin-Halloween, Radish-Round Red or Round Red with white
tip, Spinach, Squash-Yellow, Squash-Zucchini, Squash-Table Queen (acorn),
Tomato-Beefsteak, Turnip, Watermelon-Sugar Baby, Watermelon-Large 25 lb.

Herbs: Basil, Chives, Dill, Parsley-Curled

Flowers: Alyssum-White, Alyssum-Mixed, Annual Cut Flower Mixture (14 kinds),
Aster-Mixed, Baby's Breath, Bachelor Buttons-Mixed, Bachelor Buttons-Blue,
Cleome-Pink, Cosmos-Mixed, Daisy-Shasta, Daisy Garden-7 different flowers
with a daisy shape in the yellow orange family mostly, Flower Garden Mix-15
annuals, Forget-Me-Nots, Helichrysum-Mixed, Marigold-Mixed, Marigold-Yellow,
Marigold-orange, Moss Rose/Portulaca-Mixed, Perennial Mix-26 kinds,
Petunia-Mixed, Snapdragon-Tall Mix, Sunflower, Sweet Pea-Mixed, Sweet
William-Tall Double Mixed, Zinnia-Mixed.

I'd get 10 packs of seeds at 10/$1 or if they do the sales again this year I
could get 20/$1. For 10 I'd choose:

Beans, Pole
Peppers, Sweet
Mixed Perennial Flowers (26 kinds in the envelope)
(Though it might be better to substitute squash or pumpkin for one of the
above, or
collards for the cabbage.)

Starting seeds in flats and transplanting them into good fertile soil using
close biointensive spacing and growing techniques, based on standard
germination rates, I could expect harvest yields of:

Beans, Pole (30s), 4 lbs
Beets (200s), 26 lbs roots, 26 lbs greens
Cabbage (120s), 650 lbs
Carrots (200s), 18 lbs
Cucumber (30s), , 88 lbs
Onions, green bunching (100s), 15 lbs
Peppers, Sweet Bell (25s), 17 lbs
Tomatoes (40s), 482 lbs
Turnips/Greens (100s). 22 lbs roots, 22 lbs greens
Mixed Perennial Flowers (26 kinds, 150s)  Several bouquets of flowers each

And since some of the Flowers are edible, medicinal, or have other uses
there would also be:
*Cosmetic/Toiletry: Centaurea-Cornflower, Dianthus-Pink
*Dye: Achillea-Yarrow, Coreopsis lanceolata-Coreopsis, Coreopsis
tinctora-Coreopsis, Papaver rhoeas-Corn Poppy, Rudbeckia-Black Eyed Susan or
*Edible Flowers: Centaurea-Cornflower, Dianthus-Pink,
*Fiber: Linum-Flax
*Flooring: Linum-Flax
*Food: Linum-Flax, Papaver rhoeas-Corn Poppy
*Insect Repellant: Liatris-Blazing Star
*Medicinal: Achillea Millefolium-Yarrow, Centaurea-Cornflower,
Dianthus-Pink, Digitalis-Foxglove(it's toxic though), Echinacea-Purple
Coneflower, Liatris-Blazing Star, Papaver rhoeas-Corn Poppy,
Saponaria-Soapwort (can be toxic)
*Oil: Linum-Flax, Papaver rhoeas-Corn Poppy
*Paint: Linum-Flax
*Potpourris: Centaurea-Cornflower, Dianthus-Pink, Liatris-Blazing Star,
Papaver rhoeas-Corn Poppy
*Soap: Saponaria-Soapwort (keep out of eyes)

So that would be 1370 lbs of vegetables, flower bouquets all through the
growing season, some dried bouquets, and a dozen herbal uses.  Not bad for
$1 :-).


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