The Lily and the Lions

Southern Sustenance: Our journey toward a sensibly sustainable, purposeful, and soulful life

I don’t know about you, but after the winter we have had we are READY FOR SPRING!!  

A few weeks ago, you may remember, our seeds arrived. We talked about it in our From the dirt posting.  We are super excited about our sprouts and will be showing those off soon.

But, what good is something GREAT if you don’t share it with others?  Thus, we are hosting our first giveaway!  We have two items that we think you will like from  They also have an Etsy shop, MySeedCellar. -- This seed bank contains approx. 5,000 seeds of 30 varieties and instructions for planting, harvesting, and reusing the seed stock. — This seed bank contains approx. 5,000 seeds of 30 varieties and instructions for planting, harvesting, and reusing the seed stock.

The first item is the Emergency Survival Vegetable Kit which contains about “5,000 seeds of 30 varieties and instructions for planting, harvesting, and reusing the seed stock.”  The seeds are nonGMO, non-hybrid, and heirloom. Five organic herbs– Five organic herbs

The second item is the Organic Herb Garden kit which includes seeds for five organic herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, and parsley.

Interested? I hope so!  The giveaway will last one week.  You can enter by visiting our Facebook giveaway page.

In the interest of full disclosure:

  • I have not ordered from, but they have excellent reviews and they are really friendly.
  • I am using Rafflecopter for the giveaway.  This event is my first time using it, so please have patience with me as I learn.

We’d love to hear what you are growing this year!


The giveaway has ended and we would like to thank for working with us and thank everyone who participated.  The winners are…

  • Emergency Survival Vegetable Kit – Greg Clayton
  • Organic Herb Kit – David Chamberlain

From the dirt

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When I was growing up, my dad referred to people who were from an area, as opposed to those who moved there, as “from the dirt.”  I am from the dirt of Pearl River County in south Mississippi.  I grew up on family land and my papa grew fruit and vegetables on this land just as his mother had.  Those fruits and vegetables were from the dirt. 

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My grandfather and his family. Papa is second to right, in jeans, a white t-shirt, and green un-buttoned button-up.

We may not have as much dirt here at our urban homestead (in progress– okay, so we are really just starting, but that’s okay!)   Anyway, Mark has been planning our gardens for a while now.  The drawing is our front yard.  The space in the middle, where the fruits are listed, is our curving driveway dividing the yard into two sections– above the retaining wall and below the driveway/before the house.   The notes on it are measurements, lists of things we would like to try to grow, and check-offs of what seeds we have ordered.


Mark’s sketches and my notes

Since we are both are educators (in Mississippi that means you get paid ONCE a month), we did what smart people do. We patiently waited (okay, so it wasn’t really patiently) on payday.  And, WE ORDERED OUR SEEDS!!  It was with great excitement today that our organic, heirloom, non-GMO seeds came in! YAY!!

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You may not believe me, but this is “happy!”

We ordered them from Survival Essentials on Amazon.  We ordered the 135 variety with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and sprouting seeds. (Just in case you are wondering… I have no sponsors and make no money off of this blog. Maybe one day?)  It had good reviews and we are pleased.  I’ve also ordered from a couple of other companies to get other seeds not included with this seed vault, but I feel like I got the most value for my money from Survival Essentials.  I’ll let you know how the seeds do.

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The SEEDS! 🙂

Could we have gone to the local big-box store or Mart store and bought seeds? Well, yes. But, we wanted heirloom, organic, non-GMO.  And, I’ve read several things about how some seeds labeled non-GMO come from China and that Monsanto owns seed companies…. To be honest, I have not researched this myself, but I wouldn’t doubt it.  What I did do, though, while at a big box store, was use this app called Buycott.  It’s a free app that helps you determine if a product is from a company or supports a cause that you don’t (kind of like avoiding blood diamonds).  I picked up an heirloom organic seed pack, took out my trusty phone,  and scanned the barcode. What do you know? The seed packet was somehow related to Monsanto.  Needless to say, I did not buy those seeds.



What are you planting this season?  Are you going to try companion planting?  Our plan is to (1) try companion planting where we can, (2) maximize our space, and (3) grow organically.  Oh, and try to keep the neighborhood deer from eating everything.  I really need ideas on keeping the deer from eating our fruits & veggies!