In Your Time
By Leslie Daniels
In fertile ground, seeds are sown.
New life is found where warm winds blow.
With gentle rains, a garden grows.
Golden grains and sunlight glow.
In your time, seasons come and then they go.
In your time, there’s a plan in line for you to know.
Seeds are sown hidden deep
There to grow to be set free.
Light does yield a wondrous sight.
From earthly field, a dove takes flight.
In your time, reap what you sow from this common ground.
In your time, harvest all you know; share what you’ve found.
In the fourth grade science coursework, a seed investigation is conducted. It introduces the structure of the seed and the life force within. For many of us enthusiastic gardeners, it is common practice to collect seeds from our harvests and preserve them by storing these selected seeds over the winter in a proper environment. Sometimes, we don’t use those seeds for several years, and if the conditions are right, they will still grow.
The life force within a seed is truly a miracle, but it’s even more miraculous when a seed is actually preserved for thousands of years. Currently, the record for the oldest seed that was regenerated into a plant is a 32,000-year-old flowering plant native to Siberia, known as the Silene stenophylla. It was discovered by a Russian team who discovered the seed cache that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River.
Even in the United States, old seeds have been discovered, planted and grown. One of my Oak Meadow families recently shared an amazing squash seed discovery found on a Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. As we enter the middle of winter and begin to think about going through our seed collections in preparation for the upcoming gardening season, it might be fun to do a little research and discover the oldest seed in your state or country!