The Order Is In

That’s right – the most important order of the year has been placed – the seed order. I sat down earlier this week with my two favorite seed catalogs, my cigar box of seeds and my laptop. I assessed again how many containers I have, how many I plan to build or buy, and what each of them are for. I rifled through to my seed box to see what I still have from last year – which is most of what I want to plant this year, since I didn’t do a large planting last spring.

Once the decisions had been made, I hopped on over to the Pinetree Garden Seeds site and made my selections –

Rose Finn Apple Fingerling Potatoes – This is one of my favorite potatoes to eat. It’s got a pinkish-cream flesh and is tender and delicious. It’s got a thin skin, and needs only the merest hint of butter and salt to enhance it’s flavor. They will be grown in an enameled white trash can below the deck.

Compatto Dill – This is a smaller dill that is bred for containers – perfect for my limited space.

Alibi Cucumber – There is nothing better in the summer than a tangy cucumber salad alongside grilled chicken or kabobs. This plant is classified as a “miniature cucumber” and produces fruit that is 3-4 inches long at maturity.

Eightball Zucchini – Zucchini is one of those plants that can quickly get out of control and take over your garden – every gardener’s worst fear is baskets upon baskets of baseball bat sized zucchini. But zucchini is an essential element in true minestrone soup, and I do like zucchini bread from time to time, so I thought that Eightball would be a good fit into my garden plans – it’s a bushy plant and the fruits are single-serving sized.

Emerald Falls Dichondra – This is the first year I’ve really had any interest in growing non-veggie plants. I thought this would be perfect in our windowbox on the deck railing – planted in the front, it will be a vibrant green waterfall down the side of the railing, providing a bright shot of color with the wood and brick tones of the deck.

White Snapdragon and Red Snapdragon – Snapdragons have always been a favorite of mine. My Great Grandmother always had them growing in the flower beds around the house on the farm, in with the Bleeding Hearts and Hens & Chicks (also favorites – I don’t know whether she ever knew it, but Great Grandma was the one who instilled in me this love of “old-fashioned” flowers and of farm homestead life in general). These snapdragons grow 2.5-3 feet tall with bushy blooms. Honestly, I don’t have any idea where I’ll plant them yet, but I’ll squeeze them in somewhere. They were just too gorgeous to pass up.

Patriot Morning Glory – This is a mix of red, white and blue morning glories. Morning glories are another flower that harkens back to my childhood – when I was fairly little and we lived “just over the hill” from my Great Grandparent’s farm (in what turned out to be it’s last years as a working farm), morning glories were the flowers that grew up the fence in the barnyard. I would trot down the hill in the morning to go see Great Grandma at her house, lithely hop the fence into the barnyard and take a moment to breathe in the perfume of the early-morning blossoms – I recall that some were white, and some were dark blue – perhaps the Grandpa Ott’s variety, though I’ll never know for sure. Then I’d pet the yearling calf and skip over the board laid over a drainage ditch (which was a great sparkling brook to my tiny self), through the chicken yard (trying not to run, since that scared the chickens so they wouldn’t lay) and up to Great Grandma’s house. I can feel the rough, weather-worn grey board of the barnyard fence even today, and I’ll plant them along a fence in my own garden – it’s just where morning glories belong. Our back patio is up against a single family home’s back yard, which is surrounded by a nearly shoulder high wood fence. There is a thin strip of soil on our side, and that’s where the seeds will be planted. The yard, and the fence, are suffering from awful neglect, so I hardly think the homeowners will care about some flowers growing up one side.

Wee Be Little Pumpkin – This was the wild card purchase this year. I just love pumpkins. This variety is bushy and compact, so I’m going to try a couple in a large container. The pumpkins are 2.5 inches high by 2.5 inches wide, but look like tiny full-size pumpkins, and not the highly ribbed gourd-type miniature pumpkins.

I hope to have my seeds by early this week so I can chart all of them to figure out when I should start my seeds this year. Along with the seeds I already have, I hope to have a delicious, colorful garden this year.

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