It’s that time of year again, I’m starting to get my first seed catalogs in the mail. I got one from Johnny’s Selected Seeds today, and one from Seeds of Change arrived a few weeks back. I’ve also ordered catalogs from Stokes and Seed Savers.
My 2005 container garden was primarily from Seeds of Change, and I was happy with the quality of the seeds and the final product. This year I think I’ll try some different suppliers just for the hell of it. All of the companies I’ve listed above seem to have good reputations with the organic gardening crowd, so I’ll peruse all of their offerings and see what looks good.
My short list for things to grow includes:
- Paste tomatoes (Roma or San Marzano most likely)
- Peppers (Bell, Jalapeno and Habanero, maybe others)
- Green Beans
- Salad Greens (probably in containers for this year)
I’m also going to plant a number of herbs that we (OK, mostly my wife) likes to use in the kitchen: basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, etc. Being a homebrewer, I’m going to get some hops cuttings from my favorite local homebrew shop. While I like to brew lots of different kinds of beer, I’m looking to try and develop a recipe that relies on barley and hops that can be locally grown (local as in a 100-mile diet sense).
Finally, I’m going to get some raspberry cuttings from my sister that were originally from my late grandmother’s homestead outside of Cokato, MN by way of her (grandma’s) house here in the Twin Cities. I have no idea what particular variety of raspberry they are, but the plants produce large numbers of tasty fruit. I’ll eat them fresh, make jelly out of them, and even try a raspberry wine eventually.
The winter has been so warm and so short that we’ve only had real snow for a couple of weeks, and spring already seems close.
Thanks to everyone who’s added their $.02 to the garden bed discussion!