Last week I submitted my seed order. The new arrivals arrived in the mail only a few days later. It was very exciting to open the mailbox and see it packet full. The new arrivals include two new varieties of peppers. I used all my pepper seeds last summer and ended up having to buy seedlings. The new types are Johnny’s Yankee Bell and Ethnic Sweet Biscayne. Last season I also used a lot of tomato seeds. I decided to purchase Johnny’s Juliet tomato, it is a sauce or what I think of a Roma style tomato. I found my family used tomatoes in sauces and salsas so I am hoping to save time simmering my sauces down. I am planning on putting Johnny’s Genovese Basil between each tomato plant this upcoming season. I will be growing Dill this year for the first time. I was given a packet of cucumber seeds for Christmas so I thought having some dill would be good for pickles. My final Johnny’s purchase is a packet of Shelling Peas. My family decided we really enjoyed peas this past year so I thought fresh peas would be better than frozen. I am hoping we can freeze some of our own for use in Chicken Pot Pies next Winter.
I made one purchase from Burpee. Burpee sells carrot seeds in “seed tape.” I tried this last summer and it was so easy that I decided to use it again. The carrots variety is Nantes Half Long. We ate them so quickly I knew I would plant them again this year.
I borrowed two books from my local library recently. The more practical book is Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham. She does a nice job of making suggestions about how to create a diverse environment in your garden. I read this book last summer when it was a bit late to make changes, but decided I wanted to implement some changes this summer. So now I am skimming it to decide what changes I will attempt this summer.
The second book is more philosophical and/or practical on a larger sense. The Unsettling of America Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry. In just a few pages Berry makes a compelling argument. I am encouraged to continue to develop my organic gardening/farming skills and knowledge.
This next I will be working on building a couple of cold frames and tomato cages.