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And So It Begins...

And So It Begins...

Since I'll be out of the country for the first two weeks in February, I knew it was important to get my seeds organized and their indoor (and outdoor!) sowing schedule locked in. This year I ordered all of my seeds from the same place as last, Pinetree Garden Seeds in Maine.

Last year was a bit of a learning experience for me, as it was my first foray into more varied food production. I can say that I may have bitten off more than I could chew - both in regards to what I was growing and how well it did in the space that I had, along with how much time I realistically had to devote to taking care of it. Did that stop me from going crazy on the seed catalog this year? Absolutely not.

Ashley, Thor and I got together and co-decided what we thought we'd eat, along with the knowledge I acquired from last year, and picked out some pretty exciting things. Here's a list of what we got:

  1. Flat Leaf Parsley - to go with the other herbs we were able to overwinter in the kitchen garden: basil, rosemary, sage and oregano
  2. Sbanach Spinach - I didn't have ANY luck with spinach last year, but I think it was due to planting too late, and maybe the variety? Trying something new this time.
  3. Pak Choi (that has a really racist name) - New item! No idea what to expect!
  4. Red Russian Kale - My blue curly did OK last year, but was a little slow. My sister Rebecca in Alaska had some Red Russian that grew AMAZINGLY, so I decided to try it out.
  5. Detroit Beet - Another one that I had zero luck with last year...like ZIP, but I love beets so really wanted to give it another go.
  6. Cosmic Purple Carrot - My Nantes did not grow at all either...I got the tiniest little stubs of carrots, but I couldn't resist trying purple carrots.
  7. Arugula - Two years in a row this has been a highly successful endeavor, so I'm going for it again. If it ain't broke...
  8. Carouby de Maussane Pea - Another new item! I had success with pole beans, so hopefully these guys follow suit!
  9. Cascadia Snap Pea - See above.
  10. Kentucky Wonder Bean - These guys were so so successful last year, so I'm going to go crazy with them this year.
  11. General Lee Cucumber - My cucumber failures (I only harvested 1.5) were all my own fault last year, and I'm determined to be a better plant shepherd this year. New variety - let's see how it goes.
  12. Gold Nugget Tomato - For the hanging baskets, my cherries last year did alright.
  13. Matts Wild Cherry Tomato - Another new variety of tomato
  14. Brandywine Heirloom - Apparently these are awesome, and it was my free gift!
  15. Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry - A little experiment.
  16. Wheatgrass - For the kitters.
  17. Luffa - Because WHO KNEW Luffa was a GOURD?
  18. Flowers, etc: Marigold mix, Nasturiums, Geraniums, Begonia, Cactus mix

Anyway...more on how and where all this goes to come!

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