2013 Seeds

A is for…

Amaranth. Burgundy. The burgundy amaranth is a beautiful bold red. You can eat the leaves in salads and in the fall harvest the seeds, or let the birds eat them—which is my plan. I’ll be planting sunflowers and amaranth in the chicken run for beauty + function.

B is for…

Beans. Lots and lots of beans. Red Swan, Empress and Soleil for fresh eating. Soleil is my favorite. Yin Yang, Tiger’s Eye, Etna and Jacob’s gold for dry beans. This will be my first dry bean year!

Brassicas. Winningstadt and Gold Acre cabbage, Broccoli Raab and Baby Bok Choi.

C is for…

Corn. Golden Bantam for fresh eating. Apparently Golden Bantam can be frozen right on the cob. Black popcorn for…popcorn!

Cucumbers. Bushy. Screw parisian pickling. ‘Bushy’ has “short” vines of 5’ long.

E is for…

Eggplant. Japanese Long and Black Beauty.

F is for…

Flowers. The only flower seeds I bought this year were a flower called Bee’s Friend and California poppies called Mikado. I’ll plant these, as well as various zinnia’s and marigolds I have, sunflowers, Datura, Love-in-the-Mist, borage, nicotina and nasturtiums. The sunflowers and borage will be in the chicken yard.

H is for…

Herbs. Bushy Tetra dill. Florence fennel. And all the regulars: thyme, chives, and basil: Genovese and Globe.

K is for…

Kale. A favorite of mine. Tuscan and Red Russian.

L is for…

Lettuce (and greens). Bronze Arrowhead. Green Oakleaf. Mizuna. Arugula. Flamingo chard. Orach.

M is for…

Melons.  Sakura’s Sweet: Goldenyellow softball-sized fruits. Flesh is fun to eat, very sweet and crisp. Golden Midget: An outstanding little watermelon, with golden yellow rind and salmon pink flesh. Ha’Ogen: A true cantaloupe with superbly sweet and spicy green flesh. Noir des Carmes: Sweet, aromatic, orange flesh; flavor is complex and deeply satisfying.

O is for…

Onions. Yellow Borettana cipolini, Evergreen Bunching. King Richard Leek. Italian Red of Florence Scallion.

P is for…

Peppers. Candlelight. Cayenne. Hot Portugal. Feher Ozon Paprika. Ancho Gigantea. Aju Crystal. Santa Fe Grande. Bulgarian Carrot. Pasilla Bajio.

R is for…

Root vegetables. All American Parsnip. Detroit Dark Red Beet. Red Ace Beet. Purple Top White Globe Turnip. Rapa di Milano Coletto Turnip. Plum Radishes. Yellow radishes. Dragon Carrot. Imperator Carrot. Red Core Chantenay Carrot.

S is for…

Summer Squash. Cube of Butter: ‘succulent and delicious with creamy white flesh’. Low growing open bush habit.

T is for…

Tomatoes. Gold Medal. Green Zebra. Black Krim. Nyagous. Moonglow. German Pink. Isis Candy Cherry.

Tomatillos. Toma Verde Tomatillo. Purple Tomatillo.

W is for…

Winter Squash. Burgess Buttercup. Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Acorn Squash. Waltham Butternut. Rouge Vif d’Etampes. Potimarron. Delicata.

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