Putting into and placing, that is.
Oh, it’s that time of year! The seed catalogs have arrived!
Last year was a good seed catalog cover year (see this post). Plus we learned something interesting about Black Beauty Zucchini. This year’s catalogs are starting to arrive, and I have to admit, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is again the clear winner in covers. I like whimsy. 🙂 Hudson Valley… er, not sure what’s going on there. At least this year their catalog arrived on time.
I’m a little late in ordering this year, and “I’ve heard tell” of some places being low on seeds because of the continuing pandemic run on garden-related items. I do hope that those purchasing are going to follow through on using what they bought.
Meanwhile, we are actually in pretty good shape. I have seeds from the past two years that will still be good this year to use. I might need to order some like Ruby Queen Beets (boy, we love those beets), but because we are planning only on the lower garden this year, I won’t be ordering a lot out of the main veggies we use.
Mr. Gordon has talked about some alternatives for where we grow our potatoes and carrots, so that will free up some garden space. I’m actually still in planning mode as I type this.
I’m hoping in March we will be able to take advantage of the greenhouse we installed on the back porch. The weather will just be too cold in February.
I have thought about ordering some sort of “inexpensive” hoop house for the garden (I hate the small row cover ones) in an attempt to keep the garden rows covered in the spring just in case we run into a cold one like last year. But I really want to limit “speculative spending” this year as much as possible.
We usually put the garden in around Memorial Day. I’m wondering if this year we should experiment with doing the “direct sow plants” (seeds) around the same time as usual, BUT wait into mid-June to put in the seedlings and other plants we will start indoors (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.). Last year it was so cold, so it’s worth considering.
Mr. Gordon said nope to my Big Hoop Garden idea as shown in the Amazon ad below. Well, it was a thought.
I do know for sure we will direct sow the Black Beauty Zucchini again and we’ll do that probably in succession and definitely in June. I think that’s the key to avoiding the dreaded squash bugs. Evil bugs. By the time the zucchini is up, the squash bugs have already settled into their home elsewhere. At least that is what we believe. We’ll test that again this coming growing season.
Planning to Grow
So this is my draft list as of this typing:
- Asparagus – we have got to get a bed started! Maybe this is the year?
- Ruby Queen Beets – our favs.
- Wax beans, Gold Rush Yellow Wax Bush Bean – recommend this variety.
- Carrots – not sure which variety yet. Mr. Gordon wants to plant somewhere other than the garden.
- Celery, Tall Utah – maybe.
- Corn, Top Hat – maybe. I feel like we’re just feeding the deer when we plant corn.
- Double Yield Cucumbers
- Onions – maybe. Not sure what variety. I DO have an idea for planting the seedlings this year, though.
- Peppers, Bridge to Paris
- Peppers, Boldog Hungarian Paprika Spice – maybe. I still have seeds from last year.
- Peppers, Tam Hot – maybe, if there is room.
- Potatoes – yes, but not sure on varieties yet and we are NOT doing in the lower garden. We’re fighting the mice for potatoes in the lower garden, so we need to come up with a different solution.
- Radishes, Rudolph – maybe a few if I still have seeds. If not, I’m not buying.
- Squash, Blue Hubbard – failed last year, but I REALLY want to grow these.
- Squash, Butternut
- Squash, Honeynut
- Tomatoes, Eating, Rutgers
- Tomatoes, Amish Paste – love these.
- Tomatoes, Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato – maybe, they are very good and the chickens love them!
- Black Beauty Zucchini
The squashes will likely need to be outside the garden like last year. I don’t believe they need to be in a fenced in area. We’ve been enjoying the Butternut and Honeynut this winter. I have to get ahold of the squash soup recipe Mr. Gordon found. It was amazing and didn’t even require cream! Also froze / reheated well.
So, what’s going on with your seed orders and ordering? Let me know in a comment.
You know, at some point we need to do a seed share / seed exchange. I should look into that… who is interested?
February Blog Drop
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