My husband and I were bound and determined to create a garden for our family this year. In years past we'd try, but only half heartedly, and end up with practically no crop. This year, we made garden boxes and filled them with compost and then sat and wondered what to plant.
Then my husband remembered something tucked away on a shelf in the basement food storage closet. A can of Canned Garden Seeds we had purchased from Emergency Essentials at least 6 years ago. I was skeptical.
"Are you serious?" I complained while staring him down as he read the back of the can and reached for the can opener.
"Of course I'm serious, why not try them out?" he explained. "And," he added, "We don't have to go anywhere, they are here and ready to go!"
Humph. I did not just put all that effort into creating the perfect haven for my precious little plants only to have it foiled by old, withered, "canned" seeds. It seemed ridiculous and impossible from my viewpoint.
Continuing to assert my case, I suggested "Honey, how about we go to the home store and pick out some little plants that have already come up that we are certain will grow. I don't want to waste a few weeks of good springtime on some old seeds from a can!"
He was unwavering. He was determined. He was nuts.
Or so I thought. He was right. Here it is, several weeks later and these are the adorable little sprouts that have come from our can of Garden Seeds...the very can which sat on a shelf in the basement for 6 years! The seeds were obviously potent, and I find myself trekking out to the garden every afternoon to check on my little miracles.
So, for those of you who are skeptics about the can of Garden Seeds, as I was, here is living, growing, and I'm sure soon to be producing, proof of the magic contained in a seed. Even one that is canned!