In a prior post earlier this month, I talked about how tulle can be a more affordable option when covering beds with netting. Unfortunately, in my area, I was surprised to find that the cost per linear foot works out to be the same and the insect netting is wider – it’s 7’ width is just wide enough to cover a 4’ wide hooped bed. And since I seem to be needing a lot of netting, I needed to get it from a seed house as they are the only ones that sell netting in large packages. I can purchase a 100’ length instead of just 25’, which brings the cost per bed down a bit ($0.79 vs. $1.00 per foot).
So I needed fertilizer and netting. My go to source for gardening supplies is William Dam Seeds. It is a bit of a trek, but I usually find myself there at least 2 or 3 times each year.
Since I was going to William Dam ANYWAY, I figured I would also pick up a couple of extra packets of seeds as I thought it would be nice to try a hardy winter kale (to see if it would winter over) and I wasn’t sure if I had enough pea seeds for my 2nd planting. So I browsed their online catalogue, decided on the varieties I wanted and added these two packets of seeds to my list.
And this is what I came home with:
|My List Had Two - Came Home with Eleven|
I just can’t help myself. Really. This seed house has 3 long aisles of seeds and I am a consummate browser. At a regular store I have no problem controlling myself. At a seed house – completely different story.
So this is the What & Why on the seeds I purchased:
Kale - “Red Russian” – I had wanted to try a kale that was supposed to be winter hardy so that I could perhaps get some early pickings in the spring, but they were sold out of Winterbor. Red Russian is also supposed to be winter hardy (although not as much as Winterbor).
Garden Peas - “Aladdin PVP” – Since I was growing snap peas now, I thought that I would give shelling peas a try in the fall. I had purchased “Sabre” (shelling pea) in the spring with this in mind, but when I planted the spring peas I realized that not that many peas come in a packet, especially when the seeds are spaced so closely together. So I decided to get another packet of shelling peas & thought I would give Aladdin a try – it is a semi-leafless variety which sounds good for my plan of growing them in a block. Fewer leaves means better visibility of pods that are deeper inside the block planting. Aladdin is 67 days to maturity and Sabre is 61 days.
Broccoli – I had already picked up a packet of broccoli (“Munchkin” - 62 days) at the hardware store, but since this is my first time growing it, I thought I would add another quick growing variety that I keep hearing about to the mix – “Packman Hybrid” (57 days). Then I saw “Calabrese” which I hear is great for side shoots. Even though I can’t start it now for fall (it’s 70-80 days to maturity), I popped it into my basket for next year.
Pak Choy – “Mei Qing Choi Hybrid” – This one just looked like such a lovely choi. And at only 45 days to maturity, into the basket it goes.
Spinach – This has been my first year growing spinach and the results have been ok but nothing spectacular. I decided to try “Tyee Hybrid” as it’s supposed to resist bolting in the heat, although I think I am a little late on this one (52 days). I also saw a spinach that is good for overwintering “Giant Winter-Viroflex”. This one will go in the fall garden to, hopefully, produce some early spinach in the spring.
Radishes – My luck with radishes has been so-so. The Cherry Belle did very well this year, but the white icicles were a flop. Not giving up, though. I purchased “French Breakfast” (I couldn’t get the beautiful photo that Daphne posted this spring out of my mind) and “Easter Egg Hybrid Mix”, which a lot of people seem to love.
Carrots – Two years ago when I had a successful spring planting of carrots, the later planting for fall harvest did not mature in time. So I thought I would give it another go & purchased two varieties of quick maturing carrots “Amsterdam Maxi” (45-55 days) and “Sprint” (42 days).
Till next time...☺