Seed Order Completed

Saturday, February 20th, 2010
The process is well underway.

The process is well underway.

It’s a good thing winter is long here in Edmonton because my seed order took me a while to put together this year.  No excuse but, for some reason, procrastination seized me halfway through the process and it took me a week longer than it should have.  Why the procrastination?  Well, it could be that after I’d inspected my existing seed collection and sorted out the ancient-therefore-no-longer-viable seed from the old-but-I’ll-just-sow-it-thicker seed to the yay-it’s-brand-new seed, made a list of what was left, made a list of what I was missing, filled in the details on the planting plan, and then went hunting for what I wanted in 8 seed catalogues, that I was just exhausted!  But with spring looming around the corner (sshh, don’t discourage me!), I finally got on with it and made my final selections (with the help of an Excel spreadsheet but you don’t need to know the dirty details).  I chose two companies that, between them, had all the varieties I was looking for – William Dam Seeds and West Coast Seeds.  I’m not going to run through the entire list since it will be linked on my final plan that I’ll post a little later, but I’ll share a few things I’m particularly excited about as they relate to my list.

In the ‘never grown it before’ category, I’ll be trying the Spanish Black Round radish and cumin.  Buoyed up by the bumper crop of coriander that I harvested last year and no reason to hope except that they combine so well together in my favorite Indian dishes, I have high hopes for the cumin.  If anyone has any advice for me about growing this herb/spice, I’d love to hear it.

In the ‘expensive and/or difficult to find’ category, I’m growing my own crop of tomatilloes – because I can’t keep mooching off the neighbors forever.

The ‘eye-catching plants’ category also needs to include nose-catching plants since I’m going to try sweet peas along the back fence.  This also falls into the ‘never grown it before’ category – which is shocking to me since I love their scent so much.

How about you?  Anything you can’t wait to see show up in your seed order?


The Seed Box

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Seed collection categories: legumes; root vegetables; leaf & salad greens; warm season crops; herbs & flowers; and misc.

Seed collection categories: legumes; root vegetables; leaf & salad greens; warm season crops; herbs & flowers; and misc.

I have housed my seed collection in this fairly utilitarian set of drawers from Ikea (no longer available) for many years.  It’s not a perfect system, not being airtight or waterproof, but the drawers are capacious and easy to access, and it’s small enough to fit on a bookshelf.