Friday, February 06, 2009

The Seeds are Coming!

Our seeds are starting to come in! I got the first of several shipments yesterday. The box weighed 16 pounds! I've never seen so many seeds in my life! I can't wait till the greenhouse is finished so I can begin planting.

During the last month or two, I've spent a lot of time looking at seed catalogues (I have at least 10 different ones), and deciding what to grow for our upcoming CSA season. Johnny's Select Seeds is my new favorite catalogue, so I ordered most of my seeds from it. Take a look. It contains lots of helpful information, and is geared toward small-scale commercial growers.

I went kind of crazy and ended up with about 130 varieties to grow. I selected them according to their flavor, appearance, and adaptability to our region; not according to their long shelf-life, durability during shipping, etc. I decided to grow some tried and true varieties, as well as some new and specialty ones. Here are just a few:
  • Super Sugar Snap Peas
  • Honey Bear Acorn Squash: delicious mini squash, *All America Selections winner
  • Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
  • Encore Lettuce Mix: great all-organic baby lettuce mix
  • Specialty potatoes such as Cranberry Red, Butte, Russian Banana Fingerling, and Caribe
  • Wrangler Cantaloupe
  • Specialty Greens such as Tatsoi, Bok Choi, Arugula, etc.
Lord willing, we'll have lots of delicious vegetables at harvest time!

-Tricia Ann

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