Monday, May 25, 2009

Fiona's Peas

Pocket Seed Library member Fiona (age 4) sent us these photos of her fantastic peas.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Plants

Pocket Seed Library member Molli (of chocolate chip-banana bread fame)
sends photos of her gardening successes: PSL pea seeds growing in a
new planter box and her latest obsession -- a blue oyster mushroom kit!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My Yacon Had Babies

Yacon, also called "Bolivian Sunroot" or "Earth Apple" is a wondrous tuber that tastes like a delicate jicama - refreshing! It grows well in California, including in the foggy outer Richmond district of San Francisco. After a harvest, the bulbs left in the ground can easily be separated and given to friends to start new plants.

My friend Noah Miller, who lives in the East Bay, just sent word about the progress of the Yacon bulb I gave him:
I decided to go digging for yacon today. Here it is, my first crunchy sweet little tuber, nestled among peas & other friends!

Pocket Seed Library may have a yacon celebration in Spring - if you have yacon stories or want to attend, let us know!

Harvest photo by Noah Miller. Yacon resembles a sweet-potato and is shown in the upper left side of the photo. More pictures of yacon are here: Life Cycle of a Yacon Plant

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Report from the Frankenart Mart

Our evening at the Frankenart Mart was fantastic.

Some veteran PSL members came by (Yay for Vanessa, Lily, Megan, Michele, Kat & Redwood!) and lots of new people joined. Han and Elocin brought great seeds to share and Leslie, Zeke, and Reuben were perfect hosts.

We used the evening to make seed packets, organize our collection and . . . . reveal our newest gardening tool: a vegetable planting calendar.

It's still in prototype form and specifically for the Outer Richmond. We're refining it and can't wait to share it (and make calendars for other Bay Area micro-climates).

The planting calendar and the Tall Telephone Pea seed packet are both part of the PSL Tool Collection. Stay tuned for more information about this aspect of the library--it's crucial.

Photo by Leslie Henslee

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Parents Are Picnickers

LissaIvy photographs my parents and me in
Southern Exposure's bamboo forest.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dream Job at the Frankenart Mart, November 21, 6-9pm

Frankenart Mart is one of our top favorite places.

It's an art-play-gallery-store invented and run by Leslie Henslee. The Mart has quarterly themes for the exhibits and all the art is created by the public. Everyone is invited to go to the Mart, make some art, buy some art, sell some art (50/50 split with the Mart), buy a t-shirt, hang-out, or have a free hot dog (on monthly Free Hot Dog Days). The Frankenart Mart is, as Leslie says, "A playground that earnestly celebrates creation." It is a super fun place.

The Mart's current theme is "Dream Job."

Our dream job is to be the PSL Librarians.

So, on Friday November 21 from 6-9pm we'll be the PSL Librarians at the Frankenart Mart. We'll be making seed envelopes, trading seeds, and designing the seed cataloging system. It's going to be really fun. Join us!

Pea Art

Pocket Seed Library distributed pea seeds and coloring paraphernalia to new
library members gathered together in Southern Exposure's backyard garden.

Thanks to Kat Kroll for helping come up with the craft of the day!
Photos by Courtney Fink

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gals in Gingham

Photo by Redwood Kroll

Photographer Lily & PSL Librarian Erin Wilson

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Picnic Photos, Round 2

Southern Exposure graciously hosted Pocket Seed Library's first-ever

planting party,
& seed swap

We all had so much fun! Here are photos by gingham-adorned photographer Lily (Vistalux)

Molly & Choco-Chip Banana Bread;
Fiona & Watermelon

Tree (from the Free Farm Stand) & permaculturist Kevin Bayuk

Cari Campbell with Mt. Diablo Deviled Eggs; Michelle & Paul; Gabe & his homemade mini-pizza

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Picnic Photos, round 1

Seeds, potato salad, more seeds,
the Librarians, Farmer Kroll &
The Chief Collections Officer.

Photos by LissaIvy Tiegel

Monday, October 20, 2008

PSL Seed Collection Tour!

Pocket Seed Library: Seed CollectionSeeds contributed at the first Pocket Seed Library picnic and potluckThanks everyone for donating seeds to the Pocket Seed Library! Take a tour of the newfangled PSL seed collection:

We look forward to bringing seeds to an event near you. Let us know of fun events! (We're catching up on library-school homework, so we may be hibernating & focusing on the blog for the next few weeks....)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What we ate at the picnic

It was an amazing feast . . .
*Cheesey tomato rosemary gallette
*Sesame noodle salad with wheat noodles, red pepper, mushrooms & celery
*Apple fritters

*Maysoun & Tara's coleslaw
*Ivy's garden of wonder pasta salad with: translucent pink onions, Winter's kale, Paul's herbs, feta, roasted squash, toasted hazelnuts
*Chard frittata
*Locally grown onions

*Green Grape pie (vegan, in the shape of a teddy bear. See photo above!)
*Pickled eggs: Jamie's grandma Gegenhuber's recipe
*Arugula, fuji apple & cucumber salad with parmesan & lemon vinaigrette
Wild Wild Rice
*Watermelon & watermelon aqua fresca
*Mt. Diablo deviled eggs
*Apple pie
*Onion & Chevre Quiche
*Deviled eggs with mayo, chives, curry powder & cucumber
*Mt. Diablo Deviled Eggs
*Aunt Lott's Wine Drops
*Kroll Family Farm Ocean Beach Salad: arugula selvetica, astro arugula, frisee, radiccio, escarole, red sails lettuce, black-seeded simpson lettuce, deer tongue lettuce, watercress, wrinkled crinkled curly cress, giant goosefoot, alaska & buttercup nasturiums, blue & white borage flowers, violas, calendula flowers, peacock mustard (green & purple), giant noble spinach, mizuma, mizpcona, tatsoi, and black bachelor buttons

Green Grape Pie photo by LissaIvy Tiegel
Aunt Lott's Wine Drops photo by Lily (Vistalux)

Thanks To All Picknickers!

Thanks everyone for coming to the picnic and bringing fantastic food and seeds. We are so excited about meeting you all, hearing more about your inspiring projects, and traveling through the community together. Please let us know about upcoming events, and about how your peas grow! Send photos! Send plant lore! Let's keep growing!

Story of a Seed:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Portrait of a Seed Saver: Brooke

Mission District resident Brooke Budner is an urban homesteader.
Over a year ago, she looked out her window, saw an overgrown backyard, and asked her neighbor if she could start a garden there.

She recently showed me her cover crops, stinging nettle patch, and the logs she injected with mushroom spores. So cool! I interviewed Brooke last Spring and asked about alternative economies: "This year I’m bartering ginger beer for assistance with doing my taxes. I have a friend who knows how to do it. I’ll trade vegetables for help on my bike. I’ll trade salad greens for bread or coffee, or fruit from the farmer’s market where I work for some bodywork, if I need it. I’m really always looking for connections that can be made because we all do such different things in the city, and we all need everything."

I hope that people make new friends at the picnic, and that it inspires people to share seeds, skills, and sweetness.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Salad Ingredients: Edible Flowers

Borage is blooming for you.

Portrait of a Seed Saver: Lily

This Salad

...has your name on it.

Calendula is blooming for you.

I've labeled the greens and edible flowers on the farm with the names of people who are coming to the Pocket Seed Library picnic. There's still plenty more baby lettuce for friendly people who love to picnic. Join us on Saturday, October 18 from 12-4pm at Southern Exposure Gallery, 417 14th Street in San Francisco. Please RSVP so we can look forward to meeting you!

Straw Bales for the Picnic!

I went to Golden Gate Fields race track to get straw bales this morning. Bales are available in the 'corporation yard' from 8am-2pm and cost $7. To get there you drive past the parking lot, along the frontage road, across another parking lot, through an open gate and then you're suddenly amidst towers of straw.

This morning two men where moving the bales with forklifts. After helping me load a bale into my car, one of the men said, "I hope I don't seem unfriendly. I lost my cell phone in the straw and am anxious to find it."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Travelers from my grandmother's garden

These are all flowers my grandmother has grown from seed. The rubeckia and bee balm reseed every year and line her back porch all summer. The monk's hood is the treasure: the original was grown by my great-grandmother. My mother has a vine of it too--and my grandmother is collecting the seeds for me too. So, assuming I can make it grow, the vine will have traveled through four generation and 2,739 miles from Waneta Lake to Caton, NY to Ann Arbor, MI to Oakland, CA.

My grandmother sent me home with seeds from her rubeckia and I'll be sharing some at the picnic.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

h o l l y h o c k

The hollyhock growing in my front yard is the child
of my friend Lily's hollyhock.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Picnic Map

The picnic is in the magical backyard garden at Southern Exposure Gallery in the SF Mission District. Southern Exposure (SoEx) is three blocks from the 16th St. BART station. Street parking can take a bit, so bike or BART if you can!

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