Finally 40.

Chives

Soon we’ll be seeing the first of the Chives.

What a tease it’s been this week. I checked the forecast over the last weekend and saw that temperatures were going to be in the high 30’s climbing into the 40’s and then into the 50’s by this coming weekend. So  I gathered all my bulbs and seeds and quickly inventoried what I had on hand since I needed to place an order quickly. Here’s what I was able to collect from my garden last year:

  • Delicata Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • White Pumpkins
  • Orange Carving Pumpkins
  • Peas
  • Coriander
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Nasturtium

I also still have Oregano, Hot Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Garlic Chives, and Chives in the beds that survived the Winter.

Since it’s best to get your organic seeds from a supplier as close to home as possible, I looked for a local company to supply this year’s order. While there are a few companies within only a couple of hours of me and even one that’s in Buffalo, NY, only minutes away from me, they aren’t exclusively organic so their product offerings are limited. High Mowing Seeds gets good marks from Mother Earth News, a publication I’ve read for better than 10 years now. (In a later post I owe it to them that I write about their publication since it’s been a real influence on me, and not only in the garden.)

High Mowing Seeds is located in Vermont and they sell only organic seeds and herbs. I should have my order by Tuesday. Here’s what goodies I have coming:

  • Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato (always have great success with these.)
  • Amish Paste Tomato (first year for me.)
  • Gibertie Paste Tomato (first year for me.)
  • Roma Paste Tomato (always have great success with these as long as the deer don’t get to them.)
  • Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean (easy to grow but Japanese Beetles DESTROY them!)
  • Dark Green Zucchini (last 2 season had low yield due to mildew.)
  • Success PM Straightneck Summer Squash (better than the Zuc’s but still mildew.)
  • Purple Beauty Pepper (first year for me.)
  • Early Jalapeno Pepper (always have great success with these.)
  • Hungarian Yellow Wax Pepper (always do really well but I pick them too early all the time.)
  • Negovia F1 Carrot (didn’t do well last year.)
  • Waltham 29 Broccoli (first year for me.)
  • Kaboko F1 Hybrid Cabbage (didn’t do well last year.)
  • Snowball FY Cauliflower (first year for me.)
  • Cherry Belle Radish (bolted early last year.)
  • Walla Walla Onion (always grow onions, never have enough.)
  • Lacinato Dinosaur Kale (first year for me.)
  • Rocky Ford Melons (lost all the melons last year.)
  • PMR Delicious 51 Melon (lost to mold and too much water.)
  • Blacktail Mountain Watermelon (first year for me.)
  • German Chamomile (First year for me. I drink a lot of Chamomile tea. Hope this works out.)

I prepped the shed yesterday for starting the seeds under lights. I’m a few days behind getting the Cabbage, Broccoli, and Cauliflower started.

The yield.

What we have to look forward to. Since there are no pesticides or manure being used, you can eat while you pick. Here’s what made it into the house that day.

There’s a lot more to be said about the list of food here. Each vegetable deserves it’s own post. Not to mention, I haven’t even mentioned all the bulbs and flower seeds I harvested from last year, yet.

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