For people traveling to the Decorah area in northeast Iowa, Seed Savers Exchange still has some free pepper and tomato plants available.
Abe, at their visitor center, said this morning that a few flats of the plants are left. Already, Seed Savers has given away hundreds of plants to people whose gardens were flooded. Keep in mind, if your garden was flooded by rainwater, it should be safe to continue gardening. If the floodwaters were contaminated with raw sewage, etc., discard any produce that was growing, including root crops like turnips. You’ll need to wait at least 90 days to replant (pretty much the rest of the growing season here) and may want to have your soil tested before you proceed.
This is the notice Seed Savers Exchange sent after the flooding in Iowa earlier this month:
SSE thanks everyone for their concern about flood damage at Heritage Farm and we hope not too much damage occurred in your gardens, farms, and homes.
The gardens at Seed Savers Heritage Farm escaped the floods with minor damage, but the landscape down the valley was damaged along with many trails, bridges and fences.
SSE has many tomato and pepper transplants left from the spring sale. Many are very tall but still healthy and in need of a garden. If anyone is still interested in replanting, the plants are free. Unfortunately they are to tall to be mailed, but they can be picked up at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at Heritage Farm.
Again SSE hopes everyone is safe and recovering from the floods of 2008.
Please come visit and take advantage of our surplus of transplants at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at 3074 North Winn Road, Decorah, Iowa.
Best wishes from the the staff of Seed Savers Exchange.
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.