Monday, January 26, 2009
Seeds, seeds, and more seeds!
Seed ordering time is so exciting, isn't it? It's almost like (what I would imagine) a shoe addiction is like. So many colors, shapes, sizes....which ones will work with this soil or that soil. Will it withstand the middle of the summer SC heat and humidity? Sigh.....if I could only practice restraint when it comes to seed ordering...
The good news is that our garden is expanding. We are adding 8-9 feet (which means redoing the fence, but that's ok....what's digging three more postholes and undigging 1 post, right dearest fiance? :-)) We are also adding a raised bed for strawberries (yum!) and then my fiance's latest project. I proudly give you:
146 ft by 39 feet. This is where the majority of the corn, beans and potatoes will go. We are considering getting water from the lake (after doing some research on legality and also the water quality) or using some other kind of contraption for irrigation(read: whatever Mr. Engineer comes up with). If it works out, we're going to have to open up a farm stand at the local farmers market I think. The good news is that the soil down there is so much better than what we have in the other garden-spot, probably due to it's proximity to the lake, and the fact that that area has probably flooded in the past. Hopefully it won't flood anytime soon! :-)
So, back to my lack of, um, restraint when it comes to seed ordering. Don't think I am alone in all this, I read all the time on everyone's blogs about seed catalogue addiction and ordering 100 kinds of pumpkin seeds.... So, here's the damage that was done this year in preparation for the summer 2009 garden. But just imagine all the glorious sprouting and growing that will be going on and how wonderful it will taste! :-)
Pineapple Tomato Seeds (Thanks WVFarmgirl for the recommendation!)
Grape Tomato Seeds
Amish Past Tomatoes, transplants
German Pink Tomatoes, transplants
Orange Bell Pepper, transplants
Wenk's Yellow Hot Peppers, transplants
Slo-Bolt LETTUCE, Thai Oakleaf LETTUCE, Capitan LETTUCE
Long Standing Bloomsdale SPINACH
Lucullus SWISS CHARD and Rainbow (Five Color Silverbeet) SWISS CHARD
Carolina Wonder BELL PEPPER PEPPER
Provider SNAP BEAN (BUSH), Violet's Multicolored Butterbeans LIMA BEAN
Borage, Dill, Basil, Bergamot, Catnip
Minnesota Midget Melons
2 kinds of cucumbers
3 kinds of corn
5 kinds of potatoes, including fingerlings
Chioggia Beets and Detroit Red Beets
Assorted hot peppers: Ancho Chile, Habaneros etc.
Strawberries - 10 plants
Alyssum for companion planting
How are your plans for a summer garden coming along?