One of the benefits of working with Working Food is learning the importance of saving seeds through their Southern Heritage Seed Collective. Every year, they give us a number of seeds to try as part of our seed membership. Some grow up to be vegetables, many continue growing to complete the cycle and “go to seed.” These calendulas, cooler weather plant for us, are going to give up the ghost soon, but not before giving us a bunch of seeds for next year.
Sometimes visitors ask why we have flowers in the vegetable garden. There are so many reasons! Some are edible – like these calendula. Most attract pollinators. But all add beauty. This cool spring has allowed us to enjoy them a little longer than usual. But we know we’ll get to see them again next year.