Growing Food From Scraps & Saved Seeds During a Pandemic in Ecuador (2020)

Amelia and JP VLOG 205: This is our April 2020 early access video for our patrons on Patreon. During the first several weeks of the quarantine, vegetables were hard to find in our small comuna on Ecuador’s south central coast. That prompted us to take on the long term task of growing some of our own food!

Since we don’t have easy access to seeds or seedlings, we’re using some saved seeds and kitchen scraps. Amelia has been pinning lots of things over on our LottaVeg Pinterest account if you’d like to see where our ideas came from: https://www.pinterest.com/lottaveg/gardening/

We brought a beautiful Ecuadorian butternut squash with us to Olón from Cuenca that we got from Franco Organico and thankfully thought to save the seeds. We didn’t have plans to plant them at the time, but hated the thought of throwing them in the trash.

Now we have 5 sturdy looking seedlings from planting only 5 seeds! We still have about 100 seeds left, which we are going to sprout and share with our neighbors and the community garden.

Ecuadorian butternut squash is a little different than the squash you find in the States. The outside is forest green with beige spots, but the inside is the same deep orange. And it’s muy rico!

We also saved a giant heirloom looking tomato that pained me to put in the dirt, but we’re happy to report it wasn’t a waste. We have lots of baby tomato seedlings growing!

Our beet green garden continues to produce tender baby greens and we’ve added some beets to the family since we recorded the first two segments of the video.

The three garlic cloves we planted have sprouted, along with one onion core.

Both lettuce cores and the onion half we showed in the first segment died. We planted a third onion core, but it appears to have died as well. The pepper we planted still hasn’t sprouted and we think it has failed, too.

A few days ago, we planted our cilantro, basil and parsley seeds, but they haven’t sprouted yet. We bought those packets of seeds back in Cuenca and still have lots of those left if the first batch fails.

Juan Carlos, our gardner, is coming this afternoon to build our raised bed for the squash so stay tuned for more videos as we share the progress of our accidental gardening project!


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