Buying seeds here is not a quick process. First there’s the perusal of all the seed catalogs, the dreaming and fantasizing with my garden porn. Then there’s the marking of all the things I’d like to try this year, which would get me a seed order about 4 times bigger than I could possibly plant, even on my farm. Then there is the actual ordering, and the occasional banging against reality, like the fact that I waited too long to get that variety or this one. I’m winding up the process now, and starting to get to open the boxes of seeds.
For those of you who have ordered or at least planned, what’s new on your list this year? What varieties or new crops have caught your eye?
I’m growing out bedding plants for the farmer’s market, and one of the places I’m specializing in is container plants so I’m going to be planting a wide variety of small tomatoes, eggplants and peppers for market. I’ve also been mixing flowers and edibles in containers for years, and I’m planning on selling some containers that do the same – so I’m expanding my orders for things like dwarf sunflowers and trailing nasturtiums, along with the usual container mixtures suspects – flossflower, sweet alyssum, mini marigolds, etc…
Then there are the kids’ gardens. Asher wants an all-pink garden, which is stretching my limits a bit – we’ll be adding a pink cherry tomato from seed savers exchange, a pink flowered strawberry from Johnny’s and of course, a buttload of pink flowers. Asher, who doesn’t just like pink, but informs me he *is* pink, is very excited about this. Meanwhile, Simon and Isaiah are doing an old favorite – they are putting their two garden beds together to make another alphabet garden, with plants for every letter. I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to buy Xeranthemum or false Queen Anne’s Lace, but you got to fill in those Qs and Xs. I’m also psyched about a new kale – Pentland Brig that I bought last year but somehow forgot to plant. But a friend of mine had great results wtih it.
So what’s new in your seed order?