This year, I have decided to cut down on varieties and some of the vegetables that “have” to go into modern gardens and fall back to what we will really eat. When I think of last year’s garden and what things we definitely need more of, green beans top the list. I canned 25 pints of green beans last year, and each load out of the canner only lasted about 2 weeks. Then strawberries (only one bowl made it to the house…Boobock ate the rest out in the garden), sweet potatoes, potatoes, and large tomatoes (for salsa, crushed tomatoes, etc). Definitely need less zucchini/yellow squash, winter squash and cherry tomatoes (omg, what was I thinking planting 6 of these?) No kohlrabi, radishes, or dill. Fewer eggplant, though still need some. Same amounts of okra, beets, cilantro, onions, though all yellow onions instead of yellow, white and red onions. 2 jalapeños and the rest the giant sweet peppers I found through Gurney’s, instead of three or four different varieties of sweet peppers.
Last year I ordered everything from Gurney’s, except I ordered one winter squash from Jackie Clay, and traded some seeds with a blogger in Florida. I was counting on using those seeds again…but I can’t find them anywhere! dun-dun-dun. I swore I put them in the refrigerator, but nope, can’t find them.
I waited for Gurney’s to put out a good deal. Usually they put out “buy $50 save $25″ or “buy $100 save $50″, etc, but I missed that sale. I waited for another sale, and today, I got an email about a one day, 50% off sale.
I was able to capitalize on that sale by having my list ready. I listed everything I want to plant this year and categorized it by who I wanted to buy it from, either Gurney’s, Jackie Clay, the local greenhouse, or from neighbors (yay neighbors!)
I also talked to my mom and asked her what seeds she needed. We can share the seeds and split the costs.
I decided to get the following from Jackie Clay, at seedtreasures.com:
- Provider Bush Green Beans (x2)
- Detroit Dark Red Beets
- Goliath Broccoli
- Late Flat Dutch Cabbage
- Homemade Pickles Cucumbers
- Bill Bean Tomatoes
- Alpine Tomatoes
- Box Car Willie Tomatoes
- Hopi Pale Gray Squash
She sells seeds for $2.50 a pack and then $3.00 shipping, no matter how many you order. There is no order form…so I wrote it out longhand and sent a check.
From Gurney’s, I got this:
- Purple Pod Pole Beans (x2)
- Improved Golden Wax Beans (x2)
- Black Magic Kale
- Buttercrunch Lettuce
- Waltham Butternut Squash
- Stonehead Hybrid Cabbage
- Early Sprint Burpless Hybrid Slicing Cucumber
- Eclipse Hybrid Eggplant
- Gurney’s Gumbo Hybrid Okra
- Yellow Ebenezer Onion Sets (x6)
- Double Delight Hybrid Sweet Peppers
- Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea
- Vegetable Spaghetti Winter Squash
- Winter Squash Primevera Hybrid (spaghetti squash)
- Golden Rave Tomatoes
- Multipik Hybrid Summer Squash
- Black Magic Zucchini Summer Squash
- Gurney’s Primo Jalapeño Hybrid Hot Pepper
The cantaloupe was $6.99 a pack (!) so we decided to get that locally, and then also, I am going to get sweet corn, strawberries and sweet potatoes at the local greenhouse.
And finally, I asked on the local buy/sell/trade facebook page if anyone had horseradish they would be willing to dig up, and had someone say they could share with me. (An aside: I told my dad that I was going to put horseradish in, and he said “If your Grandpa Ernie was here today, he would kiss you!” Grandpa loved hot, spicy things, and I am so glad my dad told me that…) I will try to get the roots in the next couple of weeks so I can plant them soon.
I was also offered some seed potatoes from my dad’s cousin, and I will certainly take those as well.
All told, I have spent about $100 on seeds. Which may sound like a lot, but, let’s consider it first of all a 6 month hobby, and second, let’s consider the food output from all these seeds, and third, let’s consider that some of these seed prices will be cut in half when I share with my mom, so yeah, out of pocket it is kind of steep, but long term worth it.
Now to find a place to start the seeds, since my previous years’ spot is now taken over by two toy boxes…
Update: Of course that can’t be the entire list. Before I got the envelope sent off to Jackie Clay, DH requested I grow carrots. So…add Kuroda carrots to the above list from seedtreasures.com
I’m sure I’ll order more from Gurney’s as well. Just waiting for another sale…