Seed Order 2010!!

So the Fedco Seed order is in.  I still have to finalize the potato choice and get more legume innoculent and germinating mix but the hardest decisions are done.   There will also be a small order from Seed Savers Exchange, but the bulk of the work is over.  It’s like a weight has been lifted from me, strange right?  Seed choices are a daunting task, one that takes a lot of thought.  I got the first seed catalogs in December and have been critically perusing them since.  Over the years I have gotten much more frugal, I don’t buy everything that looks fun.  I’ve learned to restrain myself and plan realistically…kind of.  I don’t have 45 acres to plant, I don’t need 14 kinds of tomatoes.  Heck, I don’t even have 1 acre.  I’ve got a 4′ x 10′ community garden plot and a 16′ x 1′ raised bed, a 3′ x 8′ ish herb garden and various tubs and pots to fill.  I utilize my space to it’s fullest however.  Sooo here’s the choices from Fedco this year:

Multicolored Pole Bean mix – I had this mix last year as well.  It really has a good variety of green, purple and wax beans.  Plus I had no problems with bean beetles which I was very thankful for as they decimated many other gardeners plots.

de Bourbonne Pickling Cuke – supposed to be for cornichons, we’ll see if I get that many.  Last year was such a crappy year for cukes (too much rain) I got a lot of pickles done but they sure were not from my cukes.

National Pickling Cuke – for snacking or pickling

Over the Rainbow Carrot mix – satisfies my need for growing 40,000 different kinds.

Nantes Fancy – Currently backordered….I hope I get them!

3 root grex beet – a potentially multicolored beet.  ooh lala.

French Breakfast Radish – I love radishes only because you can plant them so damn early.

Bright Lights Chard – a staple in my garden.

Cascade Glaze Collard Greens – I will grow these with the leftover Champion Collards from last year.  I think I could have my own collard green only farmers market at work.  haha.  I already have orders in for this year.  People that normally wouldn’t buy from a farmers market are completely won over by my fresh grown collards.  Plus I loooove them.

Rainbow Lacinato – these are backordered and god help me I hope I get them.  Rainbow dino kale?!?!?!  How excited am I?  This is why I should have ordered on Jan. 8th when Fedco started accepting orders.  The thought of red, blue and green lacinato simply makes me ridiculously happy.

Kale mix – Because I cannot decide on other dark greens I got the mix.

Thai Hot hot pepper – again a staple in my garden.  Profuse producer and super hot.  I use them in my pickles and then dry the rest and use them in place of red pepper flake for the rest of the year.

Some like it Hot Pepper mix – Who knows what I’ll get out of this.  Hopefully a fish pepper or two and some jalapeno.

Tomatoes – I’m in a big tomato mood for this year, last year it was primarily cherry sized.  I think I’ll keep all the tomatoes at home and leave the community garden plot for everything else.  I tend to neglect the tomatoes at the community garden, they need to much nurturing and are too valuable to me to leave across town.  So here’s what I chose:

Cherokee Purple Tomato – I’m sure you’re familiar.

Paul Robeson – a dark maroon-y tomato supposedly much like a black krim.

Pineapple – a striped variety, not quite yellow not quite red.  However Fedco is subbing these with Old German BiColor so we’ll see what that brings me.

Peacevine – I like that it’s described as a ‘rampant indeterminate’.  1″ fruits good time.

So that’s it…..for now.  There will also be plant starts bought come May.  I will be buying another Mexican Sour Gherkin start however I need but one of those as there are quite prolific.  I also get two tomatillo starts which historically keep me in salsa for the rest of the year.  Plus there’s all my annual herb buying.  I just don’t have the room to start the 30 basil plants and 15 parsley plants I need on top of all the other crap.

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7 responses to “Seed Order 2010!!

  1. I don’t plant more than herbs, but I get the Seed Savers Exchange catalog and would love to purchase everything in it. I have complete garden envy reading this post.

  2. Really enjoyed your blog regarding the seed order and your little corner of the world with your garden. Hummmm fit that all into one sentence! Neat! Strange, but I felt very much at home on this blog, very comfortable like everything resonated from someone who was very comfortable with themself. I liked that and will return again soon.
    Take care,
    PT
    You may visit me too at http:ptsaldari.posterous.com

    PS: Welcome to foodieblogroll!

    • Liz

      thank you! When you have a real passion for something I think you can’t help but have it show through naturally, and that’s pretty much how I feel about gardening and cooking. I’ll definitely venture over to your blog as well! -liz

  3. I am sooo jealous of rainbow lacinato!! And the cornichons. Very good idea. Why didn’t I think of that? I got my seeds already, and I’m overboard, as usual. Collards rule. My mantra this year is beans and greens. Of course there will be space for tomatoes, cukes and squash. New beds will be added…I’m a little obsessed, can you tell? Sounds like you can relate.

    • Liz

      I can definitely relate to the obsession. 100%. I too plan on doing a lot more greens this year, in fact I’ve ordered even more seeds since this posting. Now is that hard part of holding off planting everything even when it’s nice out because we can still get stupid overnight frosts. Soon though I will be in full swing!!

      • I know! This early spring has me all revved up, and now we have to pull back and sit and wait. Ugh. How can I possibly be patient??

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