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Our Dahlia roots, brought in thoroughly dried sand and air tight jar, are looking also very sturdy, we are longing to see them in flower as they were costly roots

- Sarah Low, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1849 -
see What's Coming Up #113





We explored the various branches of the cellar... The root cellar for the cabbages and squashes laid out on a board, and the beets and carrots growing whiskery in their box of sand, and the potatoes with their blind albino tentacles like the legs of crabs. The cold cellar for the apples in their barrels and the shelves of preserves...

- Margaret Atwood, in The Blind Assassin -


The Emigrant's Friend recommended wrapping seeds in tinfoil (for the long voyage) and then putting them in a barrel which had been lined with moist sugar, with layers of sugar in between each lot of seeds. Others swore they got the best results when they placed their seeds in melted beeswax. Pulpy fruits, such as currants, gooseberries, mulberries and strawberries, were squashed between layers of cotton or blotting paper, carefully dried and then inserted in letters or parcels...

- from A History of Gardening in New Zealand by Bee Dawson -

We've come a long way from those days of praying over precious seeds carried for months in sailing ships...

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Seed Savers Exchange in Decora, iowa. One of the largest privately run seed banks in the world, committed to preserving heirloom vegetable and flower varieties. A great place to buy seed, a good effort to support with your purchases or membership.

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