Saturday, January 15, 2011
Seed Inventory, Review & Offer
Onion - Yellow ( Hybrid Granax) and Red Burgundy(Cebolla) - I will sow a few of these, but none of the onions got bigger than the width of a quarter, maybe because I planted them near the tall tomatoes where they got too much shade. I may order some onion starts instead.
Lettuce - Bibb (Lechuga)
Arugula, wild - Very easy, hardy crop here.
Beet - Chicago Red (Remolacha) - took the greens at the end of the season, but the roots never got big enough. Will try again.
Broccoli - DiCicco - this did fine in the school courtyard, poorly in my yard.
Peas - Super Sugar Snap - These always do very well on my deck.
Herbs - Italian Flat Leaf Parsley (Perejil), Purple Basil, Fennel, Italian Basil (tiny leaves) - all did well.
Beans - Purple Hyacinth, Scarlet Runner - I grow these mostly for the flowers. We're not big bean eaters.
Peppers - Red Ruffles (sweet) - took a long time to ripen, but really tasty. I also grew a hot cherry pepper that did well.
Melon - Minnesota Midget (these are two years old, but I'm gonna try 'em) Only got a couple of melons per plant in summer of '09
Okra- Red - not abundant harvest, but very pretty and fun to grow.
Gourds - Gooseneck Birdhouse - never got around to sowing
Squash - Waltham Butternut, Goldy Hybrid, Delicata, Sweet Dumpling, Pumpkin mix - I only harvested zucchini and Goldy this past summer. I tried the winter squashes but they got eaten by vine borers.
Radish - Gourmet Rainbow, French Breakfast, Watermelon, Daikon
All of these did well except for the Daikon. The watermelons did especially well in the school courtyard where there's more sun.
Tomato - Big Rainbow, Sungold, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple - all are saved and all will be grown again. I'd also like another Yellow Pear plant this year.
Cabbage - Drumhead Savoy. - These were started late and never quite got going.
Flowers - Zinnia (saved), Sweet Pea (from Joan G.) Morning Glory, Lunaria, Tiger Lily, Sweet William, Love in a Mist (saved, Jannean), Black Eyed Susan vine, Tropical Milkweed (saved), Cleome (saved) Cardinal Climber Vine (saved), French Marigold (saved)
Since my backyard is so shady, I'm looking for another plot to farm. If I get a community plot, I may plant some carrots this year. I probably won't plant squash in the backyard this year, but would also put this in the community plot, if I get one.
Here's my wish list (which is pretty small this year so far, but I'm sure that'll change): Onion starts, cilantro, mint, hot peppers, zucchini, bolt resistant lettuce, kale, yellow pear tomato
firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like a packet sent to you (while supplies last)!