Friday, January 10, 2014

Seed order and garden plans

I like a lot of your seed choices! I may change a couple of mine to match yours. I also like these:

Bean, Purple Pod Pole Organic - so pretty and purple! I'd also like to try some of the Climbing French Beans as well.

Cylindra Beet - I'm open to other varieties of beets. This will be my first year with them.

Romanesco Broccoli - so pretty.

Early Snowball Cauliflower - I'm open to other varieties. My zucchini killed the cauliflower last year. They'll be separated this year.

Hmm.. I may try some of your carrots, but I also like these: Scarlet Nantes Carrots

I want to try growing corn this year, just a bit. I really like this one: Blue Jade Corn, it's so pretty! BUT.. It'll be pretty close to my neighbor's corn patch, and they grow normal-ish varieties, thus cross-pollination will occur. I may have to replan the corn location. I'm hoping to plant them with beans growing up the stalks.

I'd like to pick up another Armenian Cucumber as it was my favorite last year. I'd love to try the Holland White as well. What did you grow last year?

I also want to try planting this Pintung Long Eggplant.

Do you want to try any lettuces? I'm going to plant them between things, and in the front garden, and anywhere I can get them to grow. I like the Bronze Arrowhead Lettuce, or perhaps just get this Lettuce Mix. I, too, want very much to try the Strawberry Spinach. It looks interesting!

I'd like to try the Petit Gris De Rennes Melon, and this Charentais Melon. French melons are the best ones, yes? I may plant one or two watermelon, if you are up to sharing.. they'll need a new spot. Somewhere.

And definitely this Ground Cherry - they talked about it in the current issue of Organic Gardening. At least worth a try. I'm going to see if I can get the irrigation done on the south side of the house (by my sidewalk), so I can plant them there.

Have you tried leeks? These Blue Solaise look interesting. Also, these Long Red Florence Onions.

I was thinking of picking up a snow or snap pea, such as these Amish Snap Peas or Golden Sweet Pea

I planted one Okra last year, and it did really well. I'm going to try it again with this Red Burgundy Okra. It thrived even when it was super hot out - in fact, I think it did better in the heat.

I'd like Bell Peppers, but I'm open to varieties. I'll gladly share with whatever you choose.

Do you want to grow Chard this year? This one is pretty: Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard.

I'd love to share some of the Tomatillos. I didn't have much luck last year, but I'll try it again.

And, despite the killer zucchini last year, I still totally want to get this Black Beauty Zucchini. And this Ronde de Nice Squash (it's a round summer squash), this Winter Luxury Squash, and this Guatemalan Blue Squash. My squash did SO WELL last year, I don't mind doing it again.

On tomatoes, I'm only going to allow 3 or 4 varieties - I had way too much last year. I like your selections of the Yellow Pear and Black Cherry. I also like the Black Krim. I'm not hard set, though. Have you tried the Blondkopfchen before? Gods, I love the name.

I also have a few flowers that I may pick up, such as these Bunny Tails, this White Cypress Vine, this Nigra Hollyhock, and this Night Phlox

We could do an order together, or do two separate orders and share seeds. I'm open to your preference.

This year, my garden plan is a little.. optimistic. But I'm down with that. With the children's playset built and finished, and more plans to work on the rest of the yard, I love that part of the yard is dedicated to growing food.

More posts soon! Really!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Grow All The Things!

Here is my shopping cart so far at Seed Savers:

Runner Bean, Painted Lady Improved

Cooking Bean, Jacob's Cattle 1lb

Bean, Climbing French

Watermelon, Golden Midget

Melon, Petit Gris De Rennes

Kale, Halbhoher Gruner Krauser

Pepper, Orange Bell

Pepper, King of the North

Cucumber, Holland White

Cucumber, Parisian Pickling

Carrot, Paris Market

Tomatillo, Green Husk

Spinach, Strawberry

Pea, Sutton's Harbinger

Pea, Champion of England

Tomato, Kellogg's Breakfast

Tomato, Amish Paste

Tomato, Rosso Sicilian

Tomato, Hillbilly Potato Leaf

Tomato, Black Cherry

Tomato, Beam's Yellow Pear

Tomato, Blondkopfchen

Most of these seemed pretty cool. The only ones I'm really set on are some of the tomatoes (black cherry, yellow pear, blondkopfchen)

Let me know which of these you are also interested in growing. I'm not sure I will be successful growing any kind of melon, but I am willing to give it another go. As far as herbs, I think I will wait and replant live plants as needed rather than end up with too many seeds and no where to put them.

Almost all of these are $3 a packet and vary from 25 seeds to 100 seeds depending on whether they are tiny seeds like carrot, or big old beans. The only exception is the 1lb of bean seeds. The first two on the list (runner bean and cooking bean) I'm not completely certain on. They sound really cool, but could also easily take over the whole yard and end up being a lot of work come harvest time. 

One of the pea varieties I think grows to 10' tall. That sounds really cool, but it might just be a jungle. I may only want one pea, so let me know what you think of those. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Movie Geek Out.

I'm sure you've seen it, but I will post it anyway.

Here is a trailer for the next Miyazaki film, The Wind Rises. I wonder if we will be able to get together and see it in a theater. It's due to release on February 21st!

Next we can get excited about When Marnie Was There. Which is based on a book that is of course out of print. Hopefully that will change as we get closer to this movie release.

And of course, Miyazaki is going into retirement to work on his new manga.

I liked this interview with Miyazaki about The Wind Rises.

I'm sad to see him retire, but I will continue to follow studio Ghibli films of course.