[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] garden seeds

Helen Gillespie hgillespie at rogers.com
Wed Aug 5 17:51:48 PDT 2009

I'm not a gardener, but we always had a big garden at home when I was growing up. My mother would keep some seed from year to year from the harvest (peas, beans etc.) but only the biggest, but others she would buy new.  I would think that the new packaged seeds would be a quality strain whereas the seed gathered from regular harvest might eventually "wear out" and not a produce a quality harvest, especially if the seed was not "selected".  Even the tomato plants that grew from seed from composted tomatoes were never quite as large as those grown and purchased as plants. Genetics, really.


--- On Tue, 8/4/09, Carol Duff <cmduff at redwing.net> wrote:

> From: Carol Duff <cmduff at redwing.net>
> Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] garden seeds
> To: edwards.mark at comcast.net, ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org
> Received: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:09 AM
> Much later than WWII we sent family
> members in the DDR garden vegetable 
> seeds.  When we were able to visit with visa and
> dictated visit details 
> by the DDR, the relatives excitedly showed us the
> vegetables grown with 
> "Minnesota seeds" next to vegetables grown with DDR seeds.
> There was no 
> comparison in plants.  Those that we had sent were so
> much bigger and 
> greener.  Maybe family members did this at WWII time
> also.  Carol
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