Friday, January 08, 2010

Fabulous Seeds

I received my seeds today from Heirloom Seeds.  That was fast!  The seeds came well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box and there were a couple of free packets and a nice little planting guide.  I am very pleased and will order from them again. 

Soooo, today I sat down and worked on the medicine wheel garden with my seed lists and played around with what plants will go where on the wheel.  I figure I will start most of the seeds the beginning of March for transplanting the first of June.  Some of the flower seeds I bought are:  Rocket Larkspur, Purple Conflower, Nasturtium, Single Bloom Hollyhocks, Heliotrope, Foxgloves, Cornflowers, Cosmos, and Cardinal Flowers. 

Some of the new veggies I will be trying this year are Old Dutch Half Runner Beans, Lazy Wife pole beans, Fordhook Bush Lima Beans, Windsor Fava Beans, Russian Cucumber, and Golden Detroit Beets.  Then, I bought some seeds to augment the genetics of seeds I already save:  Wong Bok Chinese Cabbage, Boston Pickling Cucumber, Australian Lemon Cucumber, Marketmore 76 Cucumber, Golden Zucchini, Black Beauty Squash, St. Valery Carrot, and Giant Musselburgh Leeks.  The Old Dutch Half Runner Beans was a customer request from a caterer in the area.  (She's a wonderful cook!)  They were a rather difficult bean to find and I am sure she will be happy when I bring them to our farmers market.  I'm looking forward to trying them, too. 

It has been a while since I ordered seeds from Nichols Garden Nursery, so I ordered quite a bit from them.  This year I will try their Painted Mountain (organic) corn.  The herbs I bought are: Wormwood, Valerian, Skullcap, Thyme, Sweet Annie, Clary Sage, Rue, True Greek Oregano, Mugwort, Marshmallow, Sweet Marjoram, Lovage, Lemon Balm, Joe Pye Weed, Hyssop, Cumin, German Chamomile, Borage, Bergamot, Arnica Montana, Anise, and French Tarragon (plants).

And all these seeds, together with the order from Horizon Herbs, is plenty of flowers and herbs.  Thank Goodness I don't have to spend the money to buy seed potatoes any more!  One last order for onion sets and that will about do it.  I will still need to get the barley, oats, and clover seed; and soil amendments like lime and bone meal, but those I'll get from Bernie at Seed N Feed. 

That medicine wheel should look fabulous in 2 or 3 years.  Can hardly wait to see it!


  1. I have an order ready to go to Heirloom Seeds too. How large of area do you plant barley? This is my 3rd year for my asparagas and I can't wait! Also am working on my herb garden and hoping that the tomatoes don't rot this year!

  2. Hi, Beth: I usually grow my grains in 10' x 100' plots. That makes it easier for me to harvest although most times the deer decimate the crop and I wind up tilling everything under. My husband loves asparagus and carefully tends both his and my patches. I hope your garden is blessed this year!

  3. Anonymous3:34 PM

    I have been trying to find Lazy Wife Pole beans like my parents had grown many years ago. Do you have them available, if so, please advise me how to order them and also the cost.

  4. Heirloom Seeds carries Lazy Wife Pole beans. There is a link to them on the right side of this blog under the "Useful Links" section.