A First Year Going to Seed

One year ago I started writing about growing seeds. To celebrate this anniversary, I got a little crazy and changed the header picture and blog layout!

So, now’s the time for a little birthday review. Let’s look at

  • Some post topics from the last 6 months (in June, I highlighted the first 6 months of going to seed)
  • The 5 most popular posts of the year
  • The 8 most-clicked pictures of the year
  • And what might be coming in 2011!


Over the growing season, I wrote about growing to seed and/or saving seed of specific crops

I also wrote a series of posts about

And about a couple seed growers I’d visited

The 5 most popular posts of the year

  1. Garlic Bulbil Harvest
  2. Radishes Blooming and Pruning Lettuce
  3. Garlic Varieties and their Scapes
  4. Male Sterility in Plants
  5. Brassica Seed Harvest – Mizuna Time!

Some of the posts on the list don’t surprise me – folks definitely love garlic. Other posts I wouldn’t have expected to be this popular – the plant male sterility post was just a quick post to answer a reader’s question but also happens to be an important subject in modern plant breeding.

One recent post that  didn’t make the top 5 but has been receiving a lot of traffic is How I Started Selling Seeds – Part 2.

The 8 most-clicked pictures:

1. Anne and Eric Nordell’s fields


2. Overhead micro-sprinklers

3. Brassicas blooming in a field tunnel

4. A rye cover crop beside some plowed ground

5. Crossed-up lettuces

6. Lettuces bolting under a field tunnel

Lettuce under Tunnel

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7. A field of garlic

8. Mizuna

And what can you expect in 2011?

During the winter, I will write about planning your seed crop, and preparing and packing seeds for sale.

I also still have some more 2010 stories to share: pictures from visiting Greta’s Organic Gardens, cleaning brassica and bean seeds, and a couple other seedy topics.

If there are any seedy topics you’d like to read about, please send me an e-mail (goingtoseedblog@gmail.com) or leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

It’s been a great first year of blogging, and I imagine it will just get better.

Thanks for reading!





5 thoughts on “A First Year Going to Seed

  1. Congratulations on a year well done. I was happy to see the article on how you designed your tunnels to handle the snow load. I also enjoyed reading/seeing how you handle your tomato seedlings. It sounds like we plant our tomatoes out about the same time as you do, this past year we were not able to plant them until well into the first couple weeks of June. As always, I am looking forward to hearing more about the various aspects of your future endevours.

  2. Good job danny (a year already? time flies!?)

    I’m a bit jealous of the stats you can get with wordpress… I don’t get anything on images on blogger.

  3. Bravo pour ton super blog! Tu es le seul blog que je lis régulièrement. C’est instructif et divertissant. Peut-être que tout ce beau savoir me servira un jour! Bon premier anniversaire!

  4. Thanks for the feedback!

    Mike: I’ve learned a lot from seeing what other farmers do, I figure if I share what we’re doing then I am keeping the circle going. I also enjoyed reading about your small winter tunnels.

    Syl: I’d love to sit down and compare Blogger and Wordpress sometimes. I love the stats that Wordpress provides.

    Judith: Je suis fier d’être ton seul blog. J’espère que je te donne quelques outils pour répondre à tes stagiaires quand ils te posent des questions sur les semences.

  5. Beau travail Dan! Je te félicite pour ta constance. C’est remarquable d’avoir pu maintenir la cadence et ce, même tout au long de la saison de production. Keep going!

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