Last weekend we made an impromptu trip to one of my favorite places in DFW, Homestead Heritage . Seed planting actually began at our house about two weeks prior to this trip but why starting my seeds I realized that I was out of cherry tomato seeds. I was debating on not having any this year or maybe buying some seeds at our local shop. Neither option were very appealing. Then Saturday morning my husband asked if I had any ideas as to where we could take a motorcycle ride to. It took me about 30 seconds to suggest the trip to Waco. I mean really, what could be better, a ride along some back roads to buy seeds?!
We started of the day with a visit to the general store to buy our seeds. The store has several shelves filled with jars of seeds. Most of the seeds are heirloom seeds that have been harvested from the farms garden. Choosing seeds that have adapted to your region helps ensure quality plants that are able to tolerate the temperatures, pest and rain/drought conditions in your area. I know some gardeners don’t think it matters but our yield has more than doubled since making the switch and my tomato plants are often producing tomatoes months after my neighbors and friends have died off.
I went with the intention of buying some cherry tomato seeds but ended up buying cucumbers, eggplant, more lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, dill and Kale seeds. Each container is marked with details about the seeds: Common Name, scientific name, depth to plant, spacing, days to germinate and days to harvest. The store also offers a great reference sheet with information about each plant they carry. If you don’t want to purchase in bulk they do offer small seed packets like you find at a traditional gardening shop.
After buying our seeds we headed down to their restaurant to have lunch. The menu consist of food that is locally grown and organic. There was a short wait so after signing in to be paged we headed off to explore the farm.
Regardless of how many times we have visited the farm we always find and learn something new. As you walk around the varies buildings you can’t help but relax. Flowers, herbs and wildlife are all around and the absence of background noise and distractions is refreshing.
Each building has someone inside to answer your questions and explain the technique/trade that they perform.
If you have every thought about metal working they do offer classes.
I always enjoy walking through their herb and vegetable garden and comparing to what is going on in mine. It is reassuring to see they have a few weed popping up in their lettuce too! Of course they did have several ladies out weeding and I have yet to plan any weeding days this year but we won’t talk about that. I also like to find new ideas for vegetables and herbs that I could be growing. They still had some winter squash going and I pulled mine up several months ago. Next year I’ll give it a little longer.
While we were in the aquaponics garden we were paged for our table so I didn’t get many photos nor was I able to read more about it. Despite my husbands insistence that we don’t have room someday I want a small set up.
We took our time having lunch and then rode back home. Below you can watch the video my husband made of the trip for his blog. I hope you enjoy the photos and videos and will stop back by next week for my post of why we choose heirloom seeds and why we don’t buy our vegetable plants gardening store.