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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Think Spring...Seeds have been ordered! Heirloom central!

I may have mentioned that I'm renting some farmland this summer to grow more vegetables. I plan to put up our families vegetables (can, freeze, store) and them I am planning to sell the excess at the Freeport downtown farmer's market (along with my crafts).
Well, to those of you with the winter blahs...

The seeds have been ordered. This is the first step! Spring will be here before you know it.
The process of selecting and ordering seeds is daunting for those who love to garden. So many choices! So many interesting varieties! It took me over a month to narrow down my selection. With so many great catalogs to choose from, my task was not easy!

I finally got my orders in this week and can't wait until they arrive. This year I plan to use fluorescent lights to start the seeds. Previously, I've used a south-facing window. I'm hoping for larger seedlings using lights.
I've decided to carve out my market niche and only grow and sell heirloom vegetables.
They are so varied, so tasty, beautiful, fun, unique, and the seeds can be saved. :-)
While I'm excited to grow all the vegetables, there are a few varieties I'm ssoooo looking forward to.
I'm growing several varieties of winter squash, but this one has me giddy. It's called Galeux d'Eysines. It's a warted squash, I believe it's French and while I don't speak French I can decipher that the name has something to do with "eyes", the peanut-shaped warts. It's so unique!
This blue winter squash called Jarradale is also a standout among the seeds I ordered.
I'm looking forward to trying some ornamental varieties of corn as well as a sweet.
The variety on the left has beautiful striped foliage and the variety on the right is a green dent corn that has a very sturdy stalk. I plan on using the sturdy stalk to support some pole beans and then grow "cornfield pumpkin" with it. I've attempted the 3 sisters growing method in the past and not had much luck. Native Americans grew corn, squash, and beans (the 3 sisters) together. I've researched it a bit more this winter and have found the heirloom varieties that were used so I hope to have better luck this year.
I came across a variety of green bean that grows up to 2 feet long. It has different names for different varieties, one type is called "Yardlong Bean". How cool!
I'm also growing 15 types of tomato. Some are very unusual and I'm very excited because although I love all vegetables, tomatoes hold a special place in my heart. :-)
5 types of lettuce, 4 summer squash, 7 types of melons, peas, beans, the list goes on and on. 4 pages in my notebook, to be exact!
Hope you'll all visit me at the market this summer! :-)

1 comment:

  1. You totally crack me up! First of all, you remind me of my mother when she goes all wonky and excited about her hobby, bugs and caterpillars (while the rest of us are staring at her dumbfounded).

    Secondly, if I paid you for the time and work, would you let me have a few seedlings? For some reason, seeds do not like me (except weeds) and I have NEVER been able to grow seeds into viable plants that can actually be transplanted outdoors. So, every year we put out a chunk of cash for seedlings, and I'd MUCH rather pay you the money (plus you'd most likely have more variety.

    Interested? If you are, let's talk.