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The Garden

I've gotten rather behind on it again, or at least so it feels. It rained so late this year, I got things off to a very slow start because I don't have a green house. What I do have started though, is:

Herbs- Fernleaf Dill, Long Island Mammoth Dill, Anise, Genovese Basil, Summer Savory, Broad Leaf Sage, Chives, Flat Leaf Italian Giant Parsley

Greens- Green de Bellevue Sorrel, Loose Leaf Lettuce blend, Rocky Top lettuce blend, Ruby Lettuce, Forellenschluss, Flashy Butter Oak, Red Romaine, Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach, Georgia Southern Collards, Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Big Stem Mustard, Red Giant Mustard, Southern Giant Curled Mustard, Florida Broadleaf Mustard, Tendergreen Mustard

Beans- Golden Wax, Tenderbush, Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean, Trail of Tears, Haricot Tarbais, Fin de Bagnols, Calima Bush, Good Mother Stollard, California Black Eyed Cowpea (honorary bean)

Summer Squash -Grey Zucchini, Green Bush Zucchini, Green Bush Marrow Zucchini, Lebanese White Bush Marrow, Yellow Crookneck, Rugosa Fruilana, Ronde de Nice, Tondo Scruro di Piacenza, Early Summer Golden Crookneck Ellie’s Round (1 seed gathered from one of my sister's round squash, which was extra prolific and slightly flattened like a pumpkin for some reason) as well as some zuc and crookneck seeds I gathered which were open pollinated, meaning what I actually get will be a surprise. But I like those.

Winter Squash- Marina Di Chioggia, Galeux D’Eysines, Sugar Pie Pumpkin, Knife River Squash, Sweet Meat Squash, Seminole Pumpkin, Rouge Vif d'Etampes, Buttercup, Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, Chiriman 5 gathered squash seeds

Used as both - Kamo Kamo

Cucumbers -Straight Eight, Marketmore, Armenian (honorary cucumber, secretly a melon)

Other- Ronde de Valence Eggplant, Purple Artichokes

Hopefully, those links will all work for the curious. And that is about as close to a gardening journal as I'll get. For the squash, I mostly planted one of each except for the crooknecks and sugar pies. It's kind of overwhelming, but there's still more stuff to start, herbs, lettuce, onions, beans and lemon cucumbers, and more stuff to be direct sown like beets and carrots and radishes. The way I try to keep it reasonable to get all the seeds is to use each packet for as long as I can, so I use each over several years. Then my sister and I trade seeds and I keep an eye out for the cheapest seeds. While many 'serious' gardeners look down on them, I will try out the 20 cent seed packets I see. They haven't actually been bad. Some of the herbs don't have as good germination rates, but I just start more of them. For the price difference, it doesn't really matter. I use so little seed that I can still use them for a couple years anyway. So, I start making lists of what I want over the winter, and what I already have, then as soon as the seed packets start to appear in stores I buy the cheap stuff first and then fill in the harder to find stuff from local specialty places and the internet. It works out okay. But somehow I always end behind whatever schedule I think I'm going to have!


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Apr. 24th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know it pales in comparison, but two of my tomato seeds sprouted!
Apr. 25th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
I don't think of it that way! That's great you've got two! It might be my wacky weather (it's back to raining again) but sometimes my tomatoes don't germinate at the same time, so maybe you will get more?
Apr. 25th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm hoping I will get more. But even if it's just the two, that's a first for me.

I tried lemon cucumbers one year. I loved the taste, but the seeds were too pervasive. I couldn't get a bite without a mouthful of seeds.

This year will be:
- whatever tomato seeds sprout
- cucumbers

That's about it for me. I have a very small vegetable garden, but two fabulous farmer stands nearby.
Apr. 25th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
You might! Especially if you get a few hot days. If you like cherry tomatoes, you can always sprout some of those from store tomatoes. The larger ones won't always give you true to parent bushes, but with cherries or the cherub ones what you get is close enough and they germinate well. You can take the seeds out and dry them, or you can split them into quarters and then let those dry out and plant those. My mom does that, but then you get a bunch of them in one place you have to pull apart.

Do you want me to send you any seeds? Because I would if you wanted any.
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