I'm so excited. Even though things are crazy busy right now, my mind is thinking about the vegetable garden I want to have this summer at our acreage - so I decided to go ahead and order some seeds. If I can't use them all this year, I can certainly use them next year. I am also going to begin the seed-saving process on the varieties I particularly like if they do well. I'd like to start an early spring garden right now, but that's pushing it. So I'll settle for a summer garden - with not nearly as many things as I want to ultimately grow.
I ordered my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds because of all the drooling I did while going through their catalog and because I love their sites, forum, philosophy and the young fella who runs the show. Not to mention they offer so many wonderful heirloom plant varieties. With so much of our food being turned into "frankenfood" (genetically modified food), I am strongly attracted to the heirlooms.
I was tempted to buy way more seeds than I could possibly deal with right now, but was able to maintain some control and cool. I also tried to order just what would grow well here in the hot and humid South. Here is what I ordered and why:
because of all the great reviews it got and because its name means "Giant Bunch of Grapes" in German. I loved the grape tomatoes I grew last year and am hoping these will be as good.
because of the name alone I was drawn to it, since the Trail of Tears began around where our little farm is located and the beans were brought from Tennessee by the Cherokee people as they were marched to Oklahoma by the Federal Government in 1839. This bean is prolific and good as a snap or dry bean. I love my beans!
because I wanted another dry bean for storage and it grows well in hot and humid areas - and it's purty.
because it's gorgeous and isn't bitter like some eggplants.
because I've been eyeballing it for so many years. We can't grow greens much in the summer here because it's just too hot. But this - which isn't really a true spinach - seems to do well and I've been wanting to try it for a long time.