[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ger-Poland-Volhynia Digest, Vol 75, Issue 5

edwards.mark at comcast.net edwards.mark at comcast.net
Thu Aug 6 13:08:35 PDT 2009

The answers thus far have dealt with better times, but the original question was, where, upon being forced by the Russians to return to burnt out villages and no real commercial sector in existence at the end of WWII (or to Volhynia after being forcefully evacuated during WWI) , did they obtain seed?  Due to extreme hunger, I find it hard to believe they would have the foresight to leave even one plant to go to seed. 

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   1. Re: garden seeds (Helen Gillespie) 


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Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 17:51:48 -0700 (PDT) 
From: Helen Gillespie <hgillespie at rogers.com> 
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] garden seeds 
To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org, Carol Duff 
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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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