I was hoping to recap the varieties of produce I had grown last year but since last years invoice is currently missing I think I'll wait and do that at a later date. I made my list of seeds to order awhile back and decided today was the perfect day so I went ahead and placed my order. First, I sorted through the seeds left from last year.
Here is what I have left from 2008 (all purchased seeds):
Dill - Bouquet: never opened, never did make pickles anyway Golden Bantam 8-Row Sweet Corn: After sweet talking my hubby in to rototilling the main garden (breaking sod for the first time) I decided not to push it and try for an extra patch for sweet corn. Maybe this year tho! Connecticut Field Pumpkin: Again, I didn't have a separate patch for them. I think I'm going to plant these at my Mom's house if she'll let me since they're relatively low maintenance and she has lots of room. Long Purple Eggplant: among my seed starting failures, a lot left Danvers 126 Half Long carrot: LOTS left! Marketmore 76 cukes: a few seeds left, not very happy with their performance Short Stuff sunflowers: never got around to it Zucchini - Black Beauty: Enough left for 2009 plus a great crop for 2008 Waltham 29 Broccoli: Again, starting indoors failed and I didn't attempt a later crop Dishcloth or Luffa Angled Gourd: sounds very cool, never took the time to find a good spot for them Chelsea, Sugar Baby, and Moon & Stars Watermelon: the watermelons didn't fare very well against the puppy who liked to eat them, even the few that survived didn't ripen in time. I'm trying an earlier variety this year.
This year I tried to get a lot of the things we use the most which are peas, green beans, and tomatoes.
Here is my 2009 order, placed today: - Contender (Buff Valentine) (bush bean) $1.75 x 3 $5.25 - Country Gentleman Sweet Corn $3.00 - Boston Pickling (cukes) $1.50 - Black Diamond (cukes) $2.00 - Ping Tung (eggplant) $2.00 - Baby Doll (flowers, hopefully for Mother's Day) $1.45 - Hungarian Blue Breadseed (poppy seed) $3.00 - Laxton's Progress No. 9 (peas) $2.25 x 3 $6.75 - Tall Telephone Pea $2.25 - Victoria Rhubarb $1.50 - Sugar Ann (peas) $2.50 - Rouge Vif d' Etampes ("Cinderella" pumpkins) $2.75 - Butternut Rogosa Violina Gioia (squash) $2.50 - Green Zebra (tomatoes, a gift for a friend) $2.00 - Amish Paste (tomatoes) $2.00 x 2 $4.00 - Blacktail Mountain Watermelon $2.50
Total Cost w/ $3 S & H: $47.95
I'll have to refer back to my seed-saving book to see what my options are for cutting back on the cost next year. My goal is to narrow it down to one or two varieties that I really like and then begin to save seed. I saved carrots for seed this year for the first time.
Now that the seeds are ordered I'll be working on my seed starting setup. I feel much better prepared now thanks to some great advice from Abbie and Farm Mom and a little online research. I'll keep you posted on that.
So, have you ordered seed yet? What are your favorite varieties? Any new things you're excited to grow for the first time?
What started as a blog about the happenings here on our Centennial Farm has now evolved in to a little more personal account of things from my point of view as a new farm(er's) wife. Stick around for awhile and hopefully you'll learn a little about everything from industrial and sustainable farming to raising livestock to being green and maybe even catch a good recipe or two. Enjoy!
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