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SEEDS! SEEDS! OH GOD, THE SEEDS!

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.



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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!

They were SO MUCH SMALLER than the picture! I thought last year I hadn't gotten any, then found the teensy things and had a good laugh at myself. *g*

eta: that is, if the mexican sour gherkins are the same teensy mexican sour thing I grew. Mine grew about 1/4 the size of my short pinky nails *g*


Edited at 2012-12-16 07:26 am (UTC)

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