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Seed List Time!

I’m back, and by back I mean ready to terrorize you with stultifyingly long lists of seeds. This list is what I have left over from last year. I’ll be going through it to decide a) what to plant and b) what I still need to buy. If you’re local you probably just got your West Coast Seeds Catalogue too. Garden porn!

The list:

  • Laurentian Rutabaga
  • Cardinal Broccoli
  • Lacinato kale
  • Winter Kale Blend
  • Winterkeeper Beets
  • Oliver Brussel Sprouts
  • Summer purple broccoli
  • Coronado crown broccoli
  • Javelin parsnips
  • Parris Island Cos Romaine Lettuce
  • Rouge de verone raddichio
  • Winter savory (herb)
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Emily basil
  • Zucchini
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Green hubbard improved squash
  • Buttercup squash
  • Bonny best tomatoes
  • Sweetie tomatoes
  • Super italian paste tomatoes
  • Sweet heart grape tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Blacktail mountain watermelon
  • Marketmore cucumbers
  • Tasty green cucumbers
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Big max pumpkin
  • Canteloupe

What’s on there I’m considering not bothering with:

  • Lacinato kale – I already have kale still kicking from last year – will it just keep going indefinitely? Should I start some fresh?
  • Winter Kale Blend – ditto
  • Winterkeeper Beets – these failed so miserably last year. Tiny, inconsequential, difficult to manage. Was it a bad beet year? Is there a better variety?
  • Summer purple broccoli – barely grew then bolted out of nowhere – better variety?
  • Coronado crown broccoli – barely grew then bolted out of nowhere – better variety?
  • Chives – have some that I got transplanted when my chive seedlings were dug up by the cat.  They should be perennial, no?
  • Basil – teeny tiny so slow than BAM bolted and gross. Bad year? Try again? Start with seedlings instead?
  • Emily basil – ditto
  • Asparagus – died the death last year. Seems high maintenance. Considering buying a crown. Expensive? Try again?
  • Blacktail mountain watermelon – I just don’t think it gets warm enough here, even though I grew them in the polytunnel I never got past a small blossom on a small plant. And that was in late September.
  • Canteloupe – worried it will be the same as the watermelon – will I have better luck?

Things I ran out of or didn’t get last year:

  • Carrots. These were the highlight of the garden for the kids. Purple Haze expecially. This year I’m going to do three times as much. A giant carrot swath! I mingled these with other plants to keep the yummy carroty smell hidden, and tried to only harvest in the rain.
  • Potatoes. I picked these too early but man they were delicious. I’m going to plant 4 tire stacks instead of 2 this year.
  • Lettuce. I need one more variety. Probably a mesclun mix, it’s so handy.
  • snow peas
  • string beans
  • leeks (going to try again, failure last year).

Anything else I am missing?

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Farmers feeding the protesters at Occupy Wall Street:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&hl=en&v=8nX7P9TgI-w&gl=US

http://andrewfrank.ca/2011/09/13/attack-ads-against-local-food-production-show-the-npa-and-suzanne-anton-are-unfit-to-govern-vancouver/

I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I will tell you that if you want chickens in your garden you may want to go and vote this November 🙂

 

 

 

 

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2011/10/how-to-harvest-mason-bee-cocoons/

More for your to-do list!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall and Winter Plans

Hey all, sorry for the break , it’s been utter mayhem around here. I’ve also been doing some “creative” writing which has been taking up my time. Anyways, given the weather, I think it’s time to start talking planning. What are your winter plans? I have a slew, and I doubt I’ll get very far into the list in reality. Here goes!

Take out old/dead plants

Clean up netting, poly & hoops etc.

Thin and manage winter plantings (raddichio etc.)

Stare at my miniscule brussel sprouts

Build back fence (huge job)

Move hops (bad time? input required)

Build bed under stairs of deck

Build chicken coop (I know, I know)

Clear out all old renovation debris

Spread soil for lawn – small one for the kids

Create south veggie patch

 

Phew.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

 

https://www.facebook.com/FestivalofFamilyFarms?sk=wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I may not have been the proud recipient of 500 cases of cherries, but I did get to learn about a wonderful group I’ve never heard about before. Have a good read, and lookg at the awesome programming at: http://www.discoveryorganics.ca/