Seed saving and sowing seeds during autumn and winter

parsleyLast week we took part in our first ‘Change the World Wednesday’ challenge. I first read about it on TC’s Live Smart book site.

The challenge, set over on the Reduce Footprints site, was to plant something.

At a time of year when most of us are thinking about more time indoors, infront of the fire, this challenge piqued my curiosity!

However, blessed with lovely weather, we had a great week indulging in a little self sufficiency.

Here’s what we did, here at Chez Green, Much of it was not strictly ‘planting’ something, but it was all related:

  • Rescued a very sad looking basil plant from the garden and bought it indoors for an indoor winter herb garden
  • Bought in 3 parsley plants and 1 lemon verbena plant
  • Dried lots of mint and lemon balm to make tea
  • Did some seed saving: fennel, coriander and runner beans
  • Planted some kale seeds and are going to get some winter salad seeds; probably lambs lettuce

I found some great resources on my travels around the internet:

  1. Monica Miller, The Garden Faerie, is passionate about gardening during the winter.
  2. If you’re wondering what you can plant this time of year, Winter Gardening Tips is the place to go for lots of information and ideas.
  3. Over on Winter Sown, you’ll find hints about seed saving and sowing seeds during the winter.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what challenge is in store for us tomorrow!

Before I got on the ‘Change the world Wednesday’ scene, people over at Reduce Footprints were busy reducing their syrofoam dependency (polystyrene). Fortunately, we don’t use a lot of that, but have a look and see how they got on:

at Adventures into Green
TC at Live Smart Book
Argentum Vulgaris
Elizabeth at Gaia Tribe
Harri Pao


  1. Elizabeth Barrette on September 15, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for the link to Gaiatribe! I like your blog, and have added it to my Links list.

  2. harri pao on September 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Hi, Mrs Green.

    Great! You’ve already did…Thanks for the links and have added your site in my blogroll

  3. Mrs Green on September 15, 2009 at 11:32 am

    @Elizabeth Barrette: Hey Elizabeth – welcome! I’m glad you like our site, I love yours too and look forward to doing the next challenge with you and everyone else 🙂

  4. Mrs Green on September 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    @harri pao: Hey Harri, welcome! We sorted out some more pots today for some winter planting – yay!

  5. Small Footprints on September 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hi … and Welcome to our Change The World Wednesday challenges! We’re so happy to have you join us!

    I love your blog … so many wonderful articles. And this one was terrific. Seed saving and rescuing plants is definitely part of the planting process.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas! “See” you tomorrow for another fun challenge!

    Take Care!

  6. Tim on September 16, 2009 at 4:24 am

    This idea- all by itself could really be something that catches on over time- and it would transform our society if it did.

    Think of all the inside space most of us could use to transform into oxygen and food- producing green space. I think the main reason it’s not common yet is just that- it’s not common and cultures tend to look at their surroundings (other people) as the reference for what behavior is supposed to look like.

    I found another possibly great green energy idea a few days back that had to do with a new kind of generator that creates free electricity.
    ( )It may be another one of those things that is a great idea but few think about it because it is not yet common.

  7. Mrs Green on September 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    @Small Footprints: Hi Small footprints, welcome to Little Green blog and thank you again for setting up the challenge. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to this one too!

    @Tim: Hello Tim, welcome to the site! I agree with your thinking about the need to ‘normalise’ things. Not so long ago recycling was a fringe activity and now it’s a mainstream thing to do. I think that is part of the aim of this challenge; to encourage participants to create change which becomes part of their day to day life.
    I’ll take a look at the site you recommend – thank you!

  8. Saving your own seeds on September 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hey this is a very interesting article! Thanks! Just check the detailed info there Saving your own seeds

  9. Mrs Green on October 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

    @Saving your own seeds: Thank you for the link to the video – it’s very informative and there are some other great videos on there too. Are you the star of the video?