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:

(appropriate fanfare music should now be going off in your head)
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
Arugula GREENS
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
Chantenay Carrots
Chioggia Beets and Detroit Red Beets
Brussel Sprouts
Assorted hot peppers: Ancho Chile, Habaneros etc.
Strawberries - 10 plants
Alyssum for companion planting

How are your plans for a summer garden coming along?


YD said...

Wow, wow, and wow!!! So many varieties! I can't wait to see pictures of your new garden in the summer or at harvest time!
I have just posted about my new garden area, of course not as big as Sean's project! Also, please check out the Cornell site that I mentioned on that post. I think it would be helpful.

inadvertent farmer said...

LOL...I'm glad I'm not the only one who needs a 12 step program for a seed addiction. I just got my order in the mail. Yes I spent $200 on seeds this year, shhh don't tell anyone!!!

BTW, I'm adding you to my blog roll, love you blog! Kim

Lena said...

Hi YD - Can't wait to see what you're new garden area will bring. I'm sure you'll have som curious doggies wondering where their play space went. :-)

Kim - Thank you for adding me to your blog roll! I'm honored. Your blog is so inspiring and I love your writings. Just don't make me more jealous by telling me you can grow rhubarb too?!? :-)
$200 on seeds? Ummmm...I think we have something else in common.... :-)