sorting seeds

 
 
There’s a blizzard outside today – a good day to sort seeds. I got out my seed basket, sorted the packets by type, and then selected the ones I want to plant this year. I’ve accumulated so many seeds that I really don’t need to buy any this year. I’ll get some new carrot, beet and summer squash seeds. Also some broccoli and zinnias. But mostly I’ll try to use up the old seeds and not buy more – easier said than done…. I’m thinking I’ll plant a section of…
 

my seed potatoes are here

 
 
I ordered two varieties of potatoes this year. Instead of the 4 or 5 I usually order. I am trying to cut back…. They look really nice. Burbank Russet and German Butterball from Fedco Moose Tubers. Some years I have planted them right away. Other years I wait and let them sprout a bit. I am wondering what is the “correct” thing to do. Another thing I’m wondering about is different planting methods. I have always planted in trenches then back filled as the spuds sprout. I end up with…
 

first seeds planted

 
 
I planted 5 six-packs of seeds yesterday. Three varieties of onions (Pontiac, Ruby Ring and Frontier), plus leeks and celeriac. Yippee, the season has begun!!!
 

seed catalogs

 
 
I have a stack of catalogs and have been reading through them all. They’re as good as a nice novel! Its exciting that there is so much to plan. I’ve been reading the pages on organic pest control in Johnny’s catalog. I’ve circled a bunch of onion and leek varieties the Fedco catalog. And I’ve circled eggplants, peppers and a lovely pink sweet pea in the Cook’s catalog. The first seeds I plant are always onions, leeks and celeries. I used my planting calendar tool to print out a list…
 

saving seeds

 
 
Today I roasted one of my delicious buttercup squash and I’m saving these seeds from it. Each year I try to save one or two more types of seeds. For a few years now, I’ve saved Chinese pole beans, cayenne and Thai hot peppers. I sprouted my own sweet potatoes and garlic. For this year, I have also saved seeds from red runner beans, buttercup squash, and a mix of nasturtiums. Saving seeds is Free! You to gradually improve the variety so that it becomes adapted to your garden conditions.…
 

late blight resistant tomato seed

 
 
Does anyone have experience with late blight resistant tomatoes? After all the problems we have had the past few years, we would like to provide our community gardeners with late blight resistant tomato seedlings next spring. I am looking into the best varieties. I am thinking of trying these: Defiant PhR (Johnny’s Seed) Mountain Magic (Johnny’s Seed) Plum Regal (Johnny’s Seed) Ferline (Thompson and Morgan) Legend (Reimer Seeds)
 

garlic shipment is here

 
 
My garlic shipment is here!!! I’m excited to get it in the grown a bit early this year. Maybe this week? (I was too late last year.) I have my potato bed dug and ready to go for the garlic. I’ll add a couple inches of compost, turn it under, and then its ready to plant. e-how asked me to do a couple of videos on planting garlic. I am hoping to do these this week and will post links. I ordered the garlic variety “Music” from Territorial. I like…
 

first seed order of 2012 season

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I was quick to inventory my seeds this year. Unlike previous years, they stayed pretty orderly this year in their rubber-banded groups. A group of cucumbers, a group of tomatoes, etc…. I have a box of about 200 seed packs, 1-5 years old. I placed an order at Johnny’s this evening. I wanted to get it in before they run out of any of these varieties. Basil, Nufar (OG)-PacketBeets, Chioggia Guardsmark (OG)-PacketBeets, Blankoma-PacketBeets, Merlin (F1) (OG)-PacketCilantro, Calypso-PacketCucumber, Diva (Treated)-PacketEdamame, Butterbeans (OG)-1/2 PoundEdamame, Envy (OG)-PacketOnions, Pontiac (F1)-PacketParsley, Giant of Italy (OG)-PacketPeas,…
 

new seeds

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I got a few new seeds on vacation in Europe. The little nasturtiums look very sweet on the package photo. The pumpkins look nice too – Bright orange with nice ribs. I was reading through the German on the back of the pumpkin package and mentioned to my son – gee, they get to be 70 kg. How big is that? He paused and looked at me, then to make sure he heard right, he asked again. Yes, 70 kg I said. Well, Mom, that’s more than 150 lbs. Hmm.…
 
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