If you’ve received a restoration pack you’re probably wondering what’s inside. We don’t want to take all the fun out of it, but keep an eye on your patch and you’re going to learn a lot about man’s relationship with the Earth. The seeds in your hand are a powerful blend of open pollinated, incredibly useful species, from which you can save seed and plant far and wide. Let’s restore eden on Earth!

 

War and Peace
The history of man is littered with conflict. More often than not that has been down to the desire for a certain type of plant, or for a commodity that plants can provide. A part of your seed blend includes many of those species. Once you have the seed, you have abundance, now we can share it.
Plants for a Sustainable Future
There are plants that could bring down the plastic, petrol and poison peddling corporations. For some reason they aren’t shouting about them. Such alternatives are trickling into the market, but if we want to change anything we must all start using them. You’ll see some of these plants popping their heads up in your seed bed too.
 

Coming Back to Life
In the beginning Earth had no organic matter for plants to grow in. With the past 20,000 years of ploughing, soil erosion is rapidly sending it back into that condition. There are certain species that we call pioneers, they don’t need much organic matter to get going. These are the species that can take dead soil and bring it to life. We desperately need to regenerate our soils, so you’ll find some of those in the mix too.
The Birds and the Bees
We all know that the birds and the bees need a helping hand right now. Most of us also know that if the bees die out we die out very shortly after.

This wildflower entry into the mix also brings a whole lot of beauty!

 

Famine and Feast
“Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread” 

From the Book of Ezekiel around 540BCE in the Hebrew Bible. What Ezekiel was trying to tell us is that wheat – the staff of bread – is going to start failing us, and unless we diversify our diet we’re all going to starve and die.  

Well guess what!? His prophecy just happens to be bang on. We’ve depleted our soils to the point that most of our wheat is not fit for human consumption and goes into animal feed. The wheat we do eat has been inbred and genetically modified to the point that millions of humans can’t digest it, and as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve covered a 3rd of the world’s land mass in a handful of such species, resulting in the mass extinction of both animal and plant species worldwide. Not wanting to give us a load of problems without any solutions Ezekiel left us with a handy recipe for a very nutritious seedy loaf. so yup, they’re in the mix. Spread genetic diversity far and wide!

– How to Sow Your Seeds –

Sow from March to May for best results

  1. Find a sunny patch of ground that measures approximately 6 square meters. If you have your own garden you can plant them there, but even better; take them out and about and do a little guerrilla gardening. Unmaintained spots that couldn’t be much worse are ideal for low input growing. You could even take them to your local community garden. Find yours here.
  2. Remove any large weeds that might restrict light, this will also open up the surface of the soil for sowing. Sprinkle your seeds on the ground and throw over a little earth. Do a ceremonial shuffle up and down the bed and tread them gently into the surface – think penguin that’s lost a contact lense and you’ll get the shuffle about right. If its dry water them in
  3. Take a picture of your little patch of eden, post it on our facebook page and hit the Like button. We’ll then post pictures of what might be popping up, and guide you through how to use it and save seed for next season.  Be sure to pop back every so often to see how they’re doing. Give them a little water if they’re desperate, and weed out anything that’s taking over too much. Be careful what you remove, and research any plants you don’t know. Don’t forget, you can always post questions and pictures on our facebook page.

Let the restoration commence. Happy growing!