This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2009 seeds already

seed packets

Yesterday I found a box of seed packets at my door step. New seed packets for spring 2009 already! How exciting. I didn't know next year's seeds were available already.

The seeds are from one of my favorite companies, Botanical Interests. They sent a selection for me to try.

The varieties are: carrot carnival blend (a mix of purple, red, orange, yellow and white carrots), pumpkin Jarrahdale (an heirloom ribbed gray with 6-12 lb fruit), a red mesclun lettuce mix called Valentine that includes 6 different varieties, hyacinth bean vine, a purple violet poppy and a sunflower I have long admired called Goldy Honey Bear ("a fully double radiant beauty"). I look forward to trying these in my garden.

The poppy packet (Lauren's Grape) suggests planting in the fall for early spring color among spring bulbs. I don't know if our zone (6A) is too cold for this, but I always enjoy an experiment. There are lots of seeds in the packet so I'll plant a few next time I'm in the garden and see what happens. I'll save the rest for spring.


Blogger Nancy said...

Love the hyacinth bean...

I find it likes the sun, but can handle some shade down here in Houston. The flowers are beautiful. It is a VIGOROUS vine, so plan accordingly!

November 18, 2008 7:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I think they'll be nice on my garden fence, which can use some thing pretty covering it. Maybe I only need a couple plants. Thanks.

November 18, 2008 7:51 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The packet says Hyacinth Bean Vine a 6-20 foot vine. Wow! That's big. I saw these last year on a fence at our community garden and wondered what they were. Now I know. The packet also says the plant is toxic and no part is edible. Another thing I wondered about.

November 18, 2008 8:13 PM

Blogger Lucky-1 said...

What lovely bright seed packets:D

November 19, 2008 12:26 AM

Blogger Shauna McCabe said...

Those are the prettiest seed packets I've ever seen! I'm saddened that the company doesn't ship outside the US.

November 19, 2008 7:39 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

It's interesting that the seed packet says all parts of the plants are toxic. My understanding is that only the mature seeds have toxins that can actually be leached out to make them edible. I've grown it for the beautiful flowers and pods and I've eaten the immature pods and survived, the flavor is not to my liking though. A book that I have about Asian vegetables says that the young leaves are eaten raw and older leaves are eaten cooked. It is also used fresh and dried as a fodder plant.

Anyway, you'll enjoy growing them for their beauty and if you like hummingbirds they are attracted to them as well.

November 19, 2008 11:07 AM

Anonymous taylor said...

Those poppies look gorgeous! I just love poppies...

And I'm intrigued by the carrots, especially the white one!

November 19, 2008 11:10 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Glad to hear the hummingbirds will like the hyacinth beans. There are great hummingbirds the at our gardens.

And the poppy color is really interesting. None of the orange tone that I don't like in a poppy as it doesn't mix well with other flowers. I'm looking forward to seeing the color. I think my photo made it look more red than the seed package which is more purple.

November 19, 2008 8:47 PM


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