Let the Seed Orders Begin!
My seed orders have started to arrive and I thought I’d share what I’m ordering this year with you.
Restraint can be difficult when I start cruising seed catalogs, but here’s where I’m at so far… I’ve picked my usual, standard lettuces – amish deer tongue, oaks, black seeded simpson, arugala etc. – 13 types in total (and I saved seeds from the prior year – always a fun experiment) and I’ve also ordered a couple new greens for our salad bowls, namely salad burnet and claytonia. Has anyone tried these? We eat a lot of salads in our house and it’s always nice to have something new in there.
I’m also a fan of nasturtium (leaves and blossoms) for it’s peppery goodness and I have ordered a packet since I never seem to save the seed. I’m also interested in trying a climbing version after seeing what they do with them at the Gardener Museum in Boston – so cool! Visit the link to see what a spectacular job they do with this edible climber and you can also check out a ‘behind the scenes’ post at Gardenista that goes into depth about the courtyard displays.
I haven’t changed much on my standard vegetable order, the new additions are one tomato (nothing special, just a Delicious and I also saved lots of seeds from last year so there’s no need to re-order), strawberry popcorn for my children since I’d like them to realize it doesn’t magically materialize in the grocery store and a Mexican Sour Gherkin that everyone is raving about. The gherkin is a member of the cucumber family and they are supposed to have a lemony twang, grow abundantly, are fit for salads and pickling and they’re cute to boot! They look like miniature watermelons… Adorable!
I’ve also ordered a few new flowers – the Carmencita Castor Bean which I’m planning on placing in planters with Redbor kale and a standard red geranium, and wild bergamot (Monarda Fistulosa) which is destined for a small meadow I’m creating in our itty-bitty orchard. It smells divine and the birds, bees and butterflies all love it.
So that’s it so far. More is due to arrive including live plants which should be here in April. I’ll keep you posted and I’d also like to know what you’re ordering. And have you tried the gherkin?