Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Drooling Over This Year's Seeds!

In spite of the snow that has been circulating in the air for the past few days, my mind is set on Spring!  I finally placed my seed order last week and a box of seeds arrived in the mail a few days ago.  Yay seeds!
I lusted over many exotic and new varieties of my favorite vegetables, but in the end, my 2012 garden will grow...
Chantenay Carrot - A stump carrot with deep orange center; very sweet. (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Parisienne Carrot - A small, round carrot from France. (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Tennis Ball Lettuce - A butterhead variety grown in the gardens of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.  (Seed Savers Exchange)
Merville des Quatre Saisons Lettuce - A French heirloom lettuce with beautiful reddish-tinted leaves.  (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Rainbow Swiss Chard - With beautiful colored stalks, this chard is showy and delicious.  (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Good Mother Stallard Pole Bean - A maroon/white dry bean; described as rich and meaty. (Seed Savers Exchange)
Contender Bean - A favorite from last year's garden, these beans are crisp, tasty, and produced by the bushel full! (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Striata d'Italia Zucchini - A popular Italian heirloom.  (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Bush Slicer Cucumber - A container variety perfect for the patio.  (Renee's Garden) 
Bull's Blood Beet - A red beet with pink rings, described as sweet with delicious greens. (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Chinese Red Meat Radish - With an amazing bright red interior, this radish is truly a show-stopper.  (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
Bull Nose Pepper - This medium-sized sweet pepper can be picked green or red; a favorite from the 1800s.  (Seed Savers Exchange)
I will be saving some room for tomatoes, potatoes, flowers, and herbs, but those decisions are yet to come.  This year, I am opting to purchase my tomatoes as seedlings because of last year's disaster with wilting disease.  I also purchase my herbs as seedlings from a favorite vendor at my local farmer's market.
If I could pinpoint the one thing that truly makes my efforts at heirloom gardening worthwhile, I would have to say that I love their connection with the past.  Heirlooms have a rich history all their one, one that's as delicious and juicy as the harvest itself.  Over the next few weeks, I will be exploring the origins and history of each variety in this year's garden.  There's nothing better than a good story to prime those taste buds for spring planting!   

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