My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile

Thursday

Seed Savers Exchange

This post Seed Savers Exchange was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog Tyra's Garden




Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange members have passed on approximately one million samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. Seed Savers Exchange are a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.



 Time to start to dream about the growing season 2011. Are you interested in Heirloom Seeds? Then read about  the Seed Savers Exchange. I find this subject about heirloom seeds fascination and most interesting so I've joined. I so wished that we had something similar in Europe/ EU but I have not found anything yet. If you happen to know anything in the matter please let me know.  





This is what Seed Savers Exchange has to say about the organization:


"Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.



Our mission is to save North America's diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.



At the heart of Seed Savers Exchange are the dedicated members who have distributed hundreds of thousands of heirloom and open pollinated garden seeds since our founding 35 years ago. Those seeds now are widely used by seed companies, small farmers supplying local and regional markets, chefs and home gardeners and cooks, alike.



Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy to honor this tradition of preserving and sharing. Their collection started when Diane's terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott's morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott's parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s.



Today, the 890-acre Heritage Farm, near Decorah, Iowa, is our home. We maintain many thousands of heirloom garden varieties, most having been brought to North America by members' ancestors who emigrated from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world.



Unlike Fort Knox, Heritage Farm is not surrounded by security fences and guards. Our perimeter is patrolled by bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, deer, raccoons and other wildlife. The farm is ringed by hiking trails that take visitors through majestic scenery, past our certified organic preservation gardens, historic orchard and ancient White Park Cattle." SSE

Here are two of my heirloom tomotoes I grew this season.
Azoychka from Russia and Goldman's Italian/American tomato. Goldman's heirloom tomato was one of the best this year. This high yield, delicious red tomato came all in slightly different forms and sizes, which I really liked. 



Do visit their homepage, it is a heaven for an Heirloom Enthusiast, trust me!




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8 comments:

Randi said...

Visst är det lyxigt med egna tomater. Men när de är slut har jag ingen lust att köpa i butiken - utom ibland för att ha som pynt.
Det enda jag känner till betr. byte av fröer är STA här i Sverige. Har aldrig hört om liknande i Frankrike.
Nu är snökaoset över för den här gången. Ni som bor där uppe kan inte föreställa er hur det är här nere, när det blåser och snöar. För mig var det i alla fall en otäck överraskning.
Sköt om dig i kylan!
Kram/Randi

food for thought said...

they look delicious, i am still picking tomatoes, but a cold snap will be stopping that this weekend...

lisa said...

Hej Tyra. Du har ju föreningen Sesam i Sverige. Där kan man beställa frö från deras frölista när man är medlem, ungefär som i STA. Här är lite klipp från deras sida:
http://www.foreningensesam.se
Föreningen Sesam är en ideell förening som genom praktiskt arbete verkar för att bevara den mångfald som finns bland köksträdgårdens och åkerns växter.

Föreningen vänder sig i första hand till hängivna odlare som är nyfikna på ovanliga eller gamla köksväxtsorter och andra nyttoväxter och som bevarar dessa i odling.

Det centrala i verksamheten är att medlemmarna fröodlar dessa sorter. Egen fröodling är ett säkert sätt att bevara gamla favoriter även om de försvinner ur handeln.
Föreningen har kontakter med genbanker, bevarandeorganisationer och fröfirmor över hela världen för inskaffning och utbyte av fröer.

Vasi said...

TYRA,I'm so glad I found your blog.
We are from different countries, but use the same language of the garden.


PS.
Tyra, The Greenhouse---has a virus,I can't open

patientgardener said...

Hi Tyra
You could try http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl/index.php this is a UK Heritage Seed library - I'm not sure if they welcome members from Europe but it might be worth a look
Helen

TYRA said...

Tack Lisa, Sesam har jag kikat på och håller på att utforska dem. Jag tror jag får lov och gräva lite djupare :-)
Ha det gott/Tyra

TYRA said...

Vasi I'm so glad you found my blog, although sad that you can't open the greenhouse. It work find from my side.

I have to beg someone else to check it out.

Tyra

Vasi said...

Thanks,Tyra,It would be a shame not to visit your Greenhouse.