Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Seeds Have Arrived

I was getting antsy waiting for my Park Seed catalogue to arrive in the mail, so I called and requested one to be sent a couple weeks ago. After a week of waiting, that one never arrived either, so I finally broke down and went on-line to order my seeds. I like to order on-line, but I like to browse through the printed catalogue. I know there is more information on-line, but I guess I just like to feel the pages between my fingers. I can't really explain it.

After just one week, my seeds arrived in the mail! Hooray! I ordered way too much. I'm not sure where I will put it all this year!

Last year we grew the following vegetables in the garden; spinach (failed), lettuce, green beans, sugar snap beans, marcellino tomatoes, celebrity tomatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, melons (failed), potatoes, carrots, onions (failed), broccoli (eaten by slugs), green peppers and herbs. Most of our endeavors were successful, but we found that we planted way too much of some things and left out other things that we really missed.

We decided not to grow melons, onions, broccoli, potatoes or carrots again this year, because they were either failures or just not worth taking up the growing space. We wanted to add some new vegetables to the garden, and we needed the extra room, so those 5 things had to go! We are building a separate herb garden in a box off the deck, so we are gaining some space in the garden where the herbs used to reside too.

This year's seed list intends to correct last year's failures (I hope) and add some more variety!
*Indicates seed that we also grew last year.

Most of the seed varieties are new to us this year, but some that we chose last year were so good that we didn't want to risk replacing a really good vegetable with an "ok" vegetable. Since we are new to gardening, we do want to try new things each year though. We're too new to this to get in a rut already!

Ian's grandparents swear by Sugar Buns corn, so although we *loved* the Honey 'n Pearl corn we grew last year, we are going to try their favorite corn this year. They have been gardening for over 40 years, so if they say it's the best, it must be true! Since you can't grow two varieties of sweet corn in the same area, we had to choose just one! It's so difficult to choose!

I am really excited about the different types of eggplant. I can't believe we didn't grow any eggplant last year! We love it prepared roasted, stir-fried, grilled, and any other way you can think of preparing it. Since we can get "regular" eggplant in the store, we decided to choose a couple different types of eggplant that we have never seen locally.

We also decided to cut back on the number of cucumbers and bell peppers since we had way too many last year!

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At 11:41 PM , Blogger Tami said...

I think it might have something to do with the way a person is raised whether or not they garden. My parents always had tomatoes, but that was where it ended. Since I never saw them garden, I guess that is why I don’t do it myself. I do enjoy hearing other people talk about it though. One year we grew tomatoes and banana peppers. I love hot banana peppers and they don’t sell those at my local Wal-Mart.

Once you grow some of these vegetables, I hope you will show how you prepare them since I have never tried many of them like the soybean. Does that taste like a green bean? I have had eggplant once in a frozen lasagna someone made many, many years ago. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with one especially how to make it healthy. I am watching my calorie intake, so I know I could not have it fried.

At 4:39 PM , Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

My mom did garden avidly, but she never asked me to help her. She was a lot like me - a control freak! I'm sure it would have ended in tears for both of us - LOL!

Soybeans are very easy to prepare and so yummy! You just boil them for 4 minutes (in the pods), run them under cold water for a minute or so, then shake some salt on the pods. To eat them, just squeeze on the pod and pop the beans into your mouth. They're high in protein and very good for you. The Japanese call them edamame. Maybe you have seen edamame on the menu when you have been out for dinner. Give them a try some time!

Eggplant is delicious grilled or baked. Cut off the tip and bottom, then cut the remainder into slices lengthwise, rub some olive oil, salt and pepper on both sides, then grill or bake at 350. You know they're done when they get brown and soft. It takes about 40 minutes in the oven and 20 minutes on the grill. Also good for you :)

I will definitely post some pics! I'm getting hungry talking about it!


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