Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Great Seed Order

Well, are you ready for this?! Now, bear in mind that some of this will be planted in my friend's garden. We both were looking for a variety of food that will keep our families well-fed all summer and most of the winter. My mouth is watering just going over this list...
  • Bush Beans: Provider
  • Beets: Early Wonder
  • Broccoli: Fedco's "Broccoli Blend"
  • Cabbage: Chinese Fun Jen and Golden Acre
  • Cantaloupe: Athena Hybrid and Halona
  • Carrots: Mokum, Over the Rainbow mix, and cute little Tonda di Parigi
  • Sweet Corn: Bodacious, Lancelot, and Spring Treat
  • Cauliflower: Charming Snow
  • Cucumbers: Marketmore 76 and Cross Country (I'll also plant Burpee's Hybrid II and Sweeter Yet that I can usually find locally)
  • Eggplant: Pingtung Long
  • Lettuce: Red Sails, Red Salad Bowl, Amish Speckled, Green Deer Tongue, Butttercrunch, Blushed Butter Cos, and Mesclun Mix
  • Bright Lights Swiss Chard
  • Winterbor Kale
  • Herbs: Gigante d'Italia Parsley, Genovese Basil, Caribe Cilantro, Lemon Balm, and Lemongrass
  • Kilibri Kohlrabi
  • Cajun Jewel Okra
  • Onions: Expression, Yellow of Parma, and Evergreen Scallions
  • Shuko Pac Choi (a mini Pac Choi)
  • Peas: Green Arrow, Sugarsnap, Oregon Giant Snow, and SugarAnn
  • Peppers: Valencia (ripens to orange), New Ace, Carmen, King of the North, Lipstick, Sunray(ripens to yellow), and Dulce Jalapeno
  • Pumpkins: Wee Be Little
  • Radish: Easter Egg
  • Laurentian Rutabaga
  • Space Spinach
  • Table Queen Acorn Squash
  • Tomatoes: Rutgers, Pineapple, Amish Paste, Sun Gold Cherry, Sweet Olive Grape, and Gold Nugget Cherry
  • Watermelon: Sugar Baby, Little Baby Flower, and Sorbet Swirl
  • Zucchini: Raven and Sebring Yellow
I do have a few seeds that I had left from last year that will round out the garden:
  • Leeks: King Richard and Lincoln
  • Squash: Buttercup and Eastern Rise
  • Tomatoes: Brandywine (my all time favorite slicer!!!) and New Girl (the earliest best tomato here in cold MN)
I also have a perenniel herb garden that includes chives, oregano, chocolate mint, and spearmint. I'm hoping the marjoram and rosemary may survive the winter, but we'll see.

Uff Da! There will be a lot of planting going on over the next few months! We'll start the peppers, tomatoes, and onions sometime in February. Gradually quite a few other seeds will be started in 2" or mini blocks as spring starts to thaw this frozen tundra of the north. They'll gradually move from the cozy warm house and grow-lights to the cold frame and greenhouse, before making their final move to the garden soil.

Now for the wait--for the seeds to arrive and then the right time to plant!