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Rareseeds.com will be the death of me. Also, they have their new seed catalog out.

After several very pleasant evenings spent laying in bed and circling things, I finally narrowed it down to about a dozen.

Ask me if I have room for a dozen new vegetables. Ask me. Go on.

No. Obviously not.

But I did manage to score a half-dozen half-whiskey barrels for $10 a pop at an end of season thing, so I have someplace to grow some of the veggies. I am terribly smug. They had dried out and looked ratty and loose, but you soak ‘em and the wood swells and they’re happy again.

My list:

Good Mother Stallard beans — Oh my god, will you LOOK at these things?

Hidatsa Red beans – It says they’re rugged and 3 feet tall. We will see.

Rattlesnake Pole bean — Good for hot humid areas, apparently.

Miniature White cucumber – says it’ll work in containers. I am skeptical, but I can try. My Mexican miniature sour gherkins got et by worms last year and mostly scrambled without producing a lot of fruit, so I’m auditioning another cucumber. The Parisian pickling cuke remains a staple.

“Tigger” melon — It’s so PRETTY!

Lincoln pea – “Wando” is my go-to at the moment, since it gets hot fast here, but I’ll give Lincoln a shot. Fourscore and seven peas ago…

Fish Pepper – This one looked too interesting to pass up, and Kevin wanted a hot pepper. (Not that we won’t wind up buying Anaheim and jalapeno starts next spring anyway.)

Jewel Peach nasturtium — I learn from my mistakes occasionally. These are supposed to be dwarf nasturtiums!

Tall trailing nasturtium — I don’t learn that well.


And I’ve got a Parisian carrot and a white beet and “Bull’s Blood” beets and a couple others hanging out from a previous order, and some carrots and sweet peas from a trade, plus scarlet runner beans and “Wando” peas I saved myself so…uh…five whiskey barrels just need to hold…err…three types of plant apiece…and the one pot that was going to hold the pepper when the annual coreopsis died, except it’s not dying, so, uh….and I need to be able to plant about ten basil plants because we had such a lousy harvest last year…

Yeah, I’m screwed.

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.

Would you like some seeds for a Jamaican "Scotch Bonnet" pepper?


Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they're lovely and I appreciate the thought, but peppers cross pollinate, and I'll wind up with Anaheims that melt my face like Raiders of the Lost Ark. It will be a bad scene.

Seed catalogs...murder on my checking balance.

But oh so lovely. Funny, I've got Good Mother Stallard on my list too.

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I suspect you could do it if you trellised them -- though I'd go with little melons.

I learned to make a hydroponic bucket that's been astoundingly productive, and wished I'd had about five of them while I was living in an apartment. (We were between houses -- I was using the rest of the space for saving our baby pine and oak trees, and a tub of boysenberries.) I've got an Early Girl tomato, a Black Beauty eggplant, a Hungarian wax pepper, two basil plants, and some green onions (which are growing very slowly) in a space no bigger than an 18-gallon Rubbermaid tub.

(well, OK, to be honest, the tomato and eggplant have escaped the confines of the tub, but the tomato is wound on a trellis just outside it. It's pretty freaking amazing.)

Edited at 2012-12-14 04:59 pm (UTC)

Oooh! Must not look, must not look,
must not ... *click*

Yeah, that was my reaction, too. So very doomed.

Thank you so very much! Now, I'm totally screwed, too....

That dwarf nasturtium is gorgeous!

Our local gourmet bean company carries Good Mother Stallards. They are excellent stew beans.

The concept of "vegetable porn" applies, but brings up totally the wrong connotations, especially in the context of the discoverer of the Biting Pear.

You are an enabler! They have *four* kinds of root parsley... wimper... how am I supposed to resist?!

Edited at 2012-12-14 07:39 pm (UTC)

Anyone trying to sell you "dwarf" nasturtiums is lying. I don't care how trustworthy they are otherwise.

Fish peppers are great looking plants! I used to grow them. And they are damned hot- a lot hotter than most Jalapenos.

Seeds! oh god I forgot about seeds....I hate finals. Benedict of the Cistercians should have campaigned for crop preservations and commissioned the manuscript of agriculture. I wonder if I could get away with doing that for book arts next year...

With cucumbers try planting a seed inside a toilet paper tube so that the first two inches of tube will protect the young stem. It helps them not get munched by caterpillars. Of course mine were then killed by the weather so I can't say anything about the long term bennys. I have also heard from a very good farmer that if you are growing in containers it is a good idea to put up a clear plastic shroud with an open top to simulate green house conditions without frying your plants. He used tubs with four wooden uprights screwed into the wood and then wrapped it in two mil painters plastic. Don't know personally but he had a huge cucumber to show off so it must have worked for him. (Yes I know, get it out of your system.)

Anyone wanting to share out their interesting seeds has a friend in me. I will gladly split cost or trade what little I have of my own. Or trade art, I always have an art laying around doing nothing for me. Ungrateful layabouts. :)

Nah, the PLANTS were fine--it was each individual teeny cucumber. They were the perfect size for something to walk around nipping a hole in each one and laying an egg inside. I lost almost all of them to one-worm condos, alas!

When I grew those Tall Trailing Nasturtiums, they grew up a six-foot fence, along it for a few feet, and then all the way back down to the ground. Then they got bored and started growing sideways along the ground...

On the cucumber front, may I suggest the Dragon's Egg, from rareseeds.com? It grew wonderfully for me, and inundated me with tennis-ball sized, tender-skinned cucumbers.

And finally, because I can't help but compulsively share seed-related links: Kitazawa Seeds specializes in Asian seeds, and they're awesome. If you have a bit of fence to turn into a trellis, try their Yamato Sanjaku cucumbers, which are huge and delicious. I've also had great luck with their Evergreen White Nebuka green onions.

I nearly got Dragon's Egg! Next time...

The Good Mother Stallard beans were very pretty. Like the love child of easter egg and white peas.

Oh gods, I'm lost. I've been planning the coming year's garden, and now *this* shows up? AAGH. MUST HAVE THE TIGGER MELONS. MUST HAVE. **slinks away with catalogue** Thank you.