Sunday, February 22, 2009

The rest of my garden

In the fall, I bought some seeds to have a winter garden and also a perennial garden collection. I dug out those seeds and here is what I have.

Perennial Greens (Good King Henry)

Spinach (oops...guess I have a lot of spinach)
Boothby's Blonde Cucumber
Plum Purple Radish
Australian Brown Onions
Giant MusselburghLeeks

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Seeds & Plants Ordered

Today I ordered seeds and plants from Seed Savers Exchange. I have decided to order from there, because it was recommended in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," as a good organization that is trying to prevent the extinction of many varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables. It is amazing to look through the catalog and discover that tomatoes don't have to be red. There are purple, green, gold, black, and striped tomatoes, in addition to red ones.

Certainly it is true that when buying seeds, one's eyes can be bigger than one's garden. However, I am excited to expand our garden this year to better use our existing raised bed and to take advantage of some new areas of our landscape. I'm hoping that it works out, but it will certainly be an experiment. That is one of the reasons I started this blog.

Here is what I ordered:

Bean, Painted Pony OG
Eggplant, Rosa Bianca
Lettuce, SSE Lettuce Mixture
Pea, Sutton's Harbinger
Runner Bean, Painted Lady
Squash, Summer Crookneck
Spinach, Strawberry
Tomato, Brandywine
Watermelon, Blacktail Mtn
Squash, Thelma Sanders
Melon, Noir des Carmes

Transplants, Tomato Sampler
Transplant, Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries
Transplant, Alma Paprika Peppers
Transplant, Buran Peppers
Transplant, Beam's Yellow Tomatoes
Transplant, Wenk's Peppers

The total for the seeds was $30.25 + $7 S&H. The total cost for the plants is $33 plus quite a bit of S&H. The plants will be shipped April 6-8.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cleaning up

This weekend was the first warm weekend of the year, high temperatures around 70.
  • Cleared debris and weeds (plenty of small thistles).
  • Added top soil to raised garden.
  • Trimmed rosemary and oregano.
  • Split daylilies.

The daffodils are up and have buds. Iris are up.

Around the neighborhood, the redbuds are blooming.