I went through another box of old seeds, a box that I keep in the garage, and I found a seed packet from 1986.
I think that’s the oldest seed packet I have. It pre-dates my first vegetable garden by one year, so it must be some seeds that my Dad had. There are still some seeds in the packet, lettuce seeds if you are wondering, a variety imaginatively called ‘Salad Mix’ from the Fredonia Seed Company.
The rest of the seed packets in the box are from 1987, the year I planted my first vegetable garden.
I've sure learned a lot about vegetable gardening since I planted that first garden in 1987. My garden today looks nothing like that first garden.
Let's see, those 1987 seeds are... fingers and toes, back to fingers... 21 years old. Now how could that be? This spring I will be planting my 21st vegetable garden. I wish now I had better records of those earlier gardens!
Hey, who are you calling an old gardener!? I was very young when I planted that first garden, very young.
Anyway, who has seeds older than my 1986 seeds? What's the story behind them?