My Baker Creek Seed order came in the other day. I'm thrilled! Can you hurt the seed packets by handling them too much? It's like a pack of cards...I shuffle through them every now and then. Royal Flush anyone?
So here it is...The start of my 2012 garden.
I've heard rave reviews of the Amish Paste and Cherokee Purple from ya'lls blogs. I'm very interested in the Paul Robeson and anything with the word Brandywine is a keeper for sure. I still have the German Red Strawberry seeds that was such a big winner in my garden from this past year.
2012 is all about the beans. I love me some string beans and hope to plant enough this year to put some up for next winter. We ate everything fresh this year. You can NEVER have enough beans! The purple beans are a first for me though. I love the yellows but heard enough on your blogs about the purples that I just had to have some in next years garden.
We're also trying some other sweet bell peppers. I'm planning on planting them in an area that gets them some morning shade and even building a shade cover for the hot afternoons we get around here. (Thank you Dani for the inspiration! Check out her "shadecloth garden".)
The Japanese Long Cuc is a new one and I thought I'd try some red onions from seed. I haven't had ANY onions in the garden so far and really need to stop being such a slacker in the onion department. This variety (Red Creole) is supposed to do well in the South. Any tips for growing onions from seed? ("Yeah..Don't do it...@;)
I thought I'd try Broccoli Rapini this year. I think it's too hot to get much of a traditional Broccoli harvest here so the Rapini is also a first for me. Lots of Summer Squash seeds left over from last year, but I remember eating the "bumpy" kind as a kid. Loved em, so I just had to have them!
I've got tons of Shelling Peas in the freezer still so I'm avoiding them this year and I'm only growing Snows. I still have seeds from the various winter squashes and pumpkins that were SVB'd to death. The only one I ran out of was the Waltham Butternut so I needed to replace those.
Check out this interesting seed.
What the heck is a Melocoton Cassabanana? I have no idea but it sounds interesting and if they're growing it in Missouri (Zone 6) I think I might have a shot at growing it here in NC. Sounds like I need to start this sucker indoors around Feb/March. I'd like to make an effort every year to grow something I've never eaten before just for fun. You never know what might take off.
So what strange and interesting things are you hoping to grow next year?