Here’s the last stack of tomato seeds from the 2013 season, packaged today:
And here are all the seeds (2013 tomato seeds only), roughly sorted:
Lot’s of wonderful new varieties “discovered” among these! But final sorting, data entry and website work still to come.
Other seed drying and packaging completed in the past few days:
Peppers, lettuce, chard, radish, flowers, eggplant, melons, cucumbers, herbs, okra, amaranth, ground cherry, goji berry, tomatillo, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, celery, spinach, onion, garlic, chives, squash (except a few winter squash), spinach, arugula, other greens, beans, corn and peas.
In 2013 I attempted to expand the business somewhat by contracting some part-time help. This turned out to be a very bad idea from a financial perspective. Through 3 quarters, they put in 17% of the hours but took home 98% of the profits. [This left me with a starvation wage, even by the standards of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – but fortunately my work involves food production so I have not starved…] Accordingly and regrettably, this means I will be cutting way back on the seedling and vegetable production aspects of the business in 2014, focusing on seeds, and pursuing additional means of income.