New Seeds of 2008
March 28, 2008
About a month ago I signed up for a seed exchange on one of my favorite gardening websites. The first person puts a bunch of packets of seeds into an envelope and mails it to the second person on the list. The second person takes out the seeds they want from the envelope, puts in their contribution of seed packets and mails it to the third person on the list and so on. It’s nice to choose from a variety of seeds and gives you a chance to try new things.
I was second on the list and chose from a selection of about 25 seed packets :
There was a lot of work put into each seed packet with drawings and detailed seed information. I ended up taking out the following:
- Rainbow Chard
- Sweetie Tomato
- Blondkopfchen Cherry Tomato
- Black Plum Tomato
- Lavatera ‘Mont Blanc’
- Carrot ‘Purple Haze’
- Cinnamon Basil
- Carrot ‘lunga San Valerio’, and,
- Salpiglossis Sinuata ‘Bolero Mixed F2’
In turn, I put in my seeds:
I put in a lot of the larger vegetable seeds that I no longer wanted or had room for, such as cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Annuals and some perennials also went into the package. I also put in a pack of mystery seeds from which I had forgotten the parent plant – it may have been pumpkin. Then I packed it all in an envelope and sent it off to the next person on the list.
Seed exchanges like this are neat to try as you’ll never know what you’ll get from the other person ahead of you. For me, I would never have thought of trying to grow Rainbow chard, lavatera or salpiglossis and now I get to see how it will do in my garden.
At the top of the month I went to Seedy Saturday unprepared and only bought a couple of seed packets: Dragon carrot, Earliest + Best tomato, Canabec Rose tomato and Chioggia beet. After drooling over the seed catalogues I picked up from the Cottage Gardener, Eternal Seed and Greta’s Organics, I decided to make an online purchase from the Cottage Gardener. I am now awaiting my seed purchases of the following:
- Heirloom Leaf Lettuce collection
- Mustard Green Mix collection
- Black Spanish Round Radish
- Red Malabar Spinach
- Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber
- Persian Broadleaf Cress
I also drove to Greta’s Organic Gardens and bought some seeds:
- Montreal Melon,
- Tall Telephone peas,
- Cherokee Trail of Tears pole bean,
- Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato,
- Black from Tula tomato,
- Black Pear tomato,
- Green Zebra tomato,
- Old Flame tomato,
- Opalka tomato, and,
- Prudens Purple tomato.
I’m looking forward to seeing how everything comes up this spring!