Bountiful Gardens is a non-profit seed company dedicated to preserving heirloom
vegetable seed, herb seed, grain seed, and more recently tree seed. When we started
Bountiful Gardens 20 years ago, there were very few places to find heirloom seeds.
Over the years that number has shrunk and then grown, but we remain one of
the top seed companies in North America, in terms of unique heirloom varieties.
Because we have to grow out so many rare seeds, we are well-experienced in
all phases of gardening from starting seeds to harvest.
Our parent non-profit, Ecology Action, pioneered and developed the high-yield sustainable
gardening method called biointensive, now standardized as Grow Biointensive.
Biointensive gardens and mini-farms are now changing agriculture all over the world.
Ecology Action runs one of the few research gardens that engages in
long-range farming research. They investigate the sources of soil fertility,
building soil, and natural farming methods. Ecology Action is constantly
experimenting with new vegetative crops and varieties, and have trained
numerous gardeners in biointensive gardening, both here and around the
world. They are actively involved in several national programs to reform
agriculture to organic methods. We at Bountiful Gardens benefit daily from
this ongoing knowledge base.
At Bountiful Gardens, we daily answer numerous questions about gardening and
farming. There are certain basic questions that come up again and again -
they are good questions, important questions - but we would constantly be
looking up these specific details for growing various plants, especially all
the usual vegetable varieties. So finally Betsy and I developed this poster,
so that anyone at Bountiful Gardens could just look at it on the wall, and
authoritatively answer those basic questions.
So we made copies for others, and soon were selling these posters to other
gardeners. The biggest surprise was how popular it has been with Master
Gardeners and nurseries - they constantly get these questions and also
appreciated being able to just point to a poster for these answers.