The Norwegians are doing their part for disaster preparedness by building a "doomsday vault" that will house all the seeds we might need to re-start civilization after a global catastrophe. The seed bank is managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust and will include such "priority crops" as bananas, beans, corn, and rice.
Other plants we would just as soon dispense with in this post-apocalyptic garden:
- Petunias. Most bedding annuals, in fact.
- Vinca minor groundcover
- English ivy.
- Cardboard-flavored grocery store tomatoes. We can do better next time.
And if these aren’t on board, we’re not going:
- Lilac, dogwood, cherry, magnolia.
- Sweet pea, wisteria, jasmine
- Salvias, all salvias.
- Real tomatoes: ‘Green Zebra,’ ‘Black from Tula,’ ‘Jaune Flammee’
- Poppies. Daffodils. Lavender.
Oh, never mind–just call us for a complete list.
San Francisco Chronicle: Huge seed bank breaks ground / 100 nations’ post-doomsday plan.Posted by Amy Stewart on June 19, 2006 at 10:14 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.