I managed to slip slide my way to the store yesterday and noticed the new seeds are in. Of course I lost a half hour viewing the latest offerings.
I bought Orange Tendersweet Watermelon, Longlasting Cilantro, Mammoth Russian Sunflower, White Spine Cucumber, Early Golden Acre Cabbage, and Early White Vienna Kohlrabi.
The watermelon is unlikely to do well here, but I love orange watermelon. I will start it early and hope for the best. If I get anything, I will save seed.
I am down to 2 gallons of Bolita Beans, and will plant extra this year.
In Texas I used Mammoth Russian Sunflower as a quick west screen until my shade tree filled in. They are gigantic! I have planted elderberries on the west side, but still need the temporary shade to keep the trailerstead cooler. Mammoth Russian Sunflowers it is.
I was pleased to find a pickling cucumber, I have been out for several years and haven’t gotten around to buying more. Been a crazy few years.
Cilantro for Mexican food of course. I have tomatillo seeds in my stash, but have been encouraging my wild ones to expand their area. They are smaller, but good to eat. They don’t need watered! If I get more this year, I might add the domesticated ones in to see if they cross. Cilantro, tomatillo, onion, and dried Japanese chiles made a delicious salsa. I cook the tomatillo on the griddle, and chop the rest. This is so good added at serving to fresh boiled bolita beans that I wish it were summer right now! Or Pinto beans.
I am looking forward to growing cabbage in my raised beds, I didn’t even try them in the ground with a zillion rabbits around here. Hmmmm is there a reason I am not eating rabbit stew? I think I need a rabbit hutch? They are awful cute and keep me company to see what I am planting for “us” to eat. They can’t get in my raised beds.
I usually order online, but haven’t done so yet. I noticed that my local feed store was selling peanuts last year, apparently they do well here. I am not much for peanuts, but might see how easy they are. Heck, if it grows in the mountains, best to develop a taste for it.
Kohlrabi grows well in Seattle, but I haven’t tried it here. Last year I grew more hot weather plants, but this year I will try more cool weather plants.
I have edibles in the house and have been planning a 3 foot cubby. For some reason I haven’t considered my spare bedroom as a greenhouse. I decided today that I will buy metal shelving and grow lights for that room. Much more room, especially for growing seedlings for spring planting and salad fixings for winter.
I am dreaming of spring gardening and spring is not until May in these mountains! Self control is hard when I have fresh seed packets in hand.