For those of you in the UK, you will know how hot it was this year. I'm not to sure what the official definition of a drought is, but it was probably the closes we're going to get to one. And it was certainly the hottest and driest summer for a very long time. as a result I lost most of the veg, however my fruit loved the hot weather. If you remember I have been growing heirloom/heritage tomatoes - and this year saw my best results!
A small selection of various types of tomatoes I grow
along with foraged chicken-of-the-woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
below - the makings of a healthy, free and pesticide absent meal!
Whilst we in the UK have a good number of outlets for heritage seeds, it is nothing to the scale of seeds on sale in north America. It defeats the point of our local over global outlook to buy them there and have them shipped over the Atlantic but there are certainly a number of good books I've been looking at which I might get. I think Baker Creek (USA) sells nearly 2000 varieties of heirloom seed - which blows any outlet here clear out the water!
Growing your own food is a spiritual practise as well as a physical one. And its why the far left are not interested in it. Gardening is a nationalist act!! To grow healthy food, we need strong roots. We need organic soil, we save our best seeds and reproduce only from our healthiest stock. There are no third or fourth gender plants and the strong will always outgrow the weak. I will always get a better crop from a heritage seed; and cross pollination destroys that line. Purity is Strength!