New Seeds Spring 2010 & Garden Prep

I received both of my seed orders last week. With the exception of my potatoes order, I have everything in now. I’m in planting mode now.

Here’s what I bought to add to my leftovers from last year.

From SeedSaver’s Exchange…

  • Cinnamon Basil OG
  • Calypso Beans OG
  • Listada de Gandia Eggplant OG
  • British Wonder Pea OG
  • Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash OG
  • Ailsa Craig Onion
  • Grandma Einck’s Dill OG
  • Napoleon Sweet Pepper OG
  • Sunberry OG
  • Sultan’s Green Crescent Bean OG
  • Purple Pod Pole Bean OG
  • Sweet Marjoram OG
  • Galeux d’ Eysines Squash OG
  • Ireland Creek Annie Bean OG
  • Bushy Cucumber OG
  • Aurora Pepper OG
  • Golden Midget Watermelon OG
  • Arugula (aka Roquette) OG
  • Snow Fancy Pickling Cucumber OG
  • Black Mountain Watermelong OG
  • Hidatsa Shield Figure Bean OG
  • Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean OG

From FreedomSeeds…

  • Ashworth Yellow Sweet Corn OG
  • Provider Beans OG
  • Valencia Tomato OG
  • Brandywine Tomato OG
  • California Wonder Pepper OG
  • Eden’s Gem Melon OG
  • Petit Gris Melon OG
  • Prize Choy, Pac Choi OG
  • Double Yield Cucumber OG

I bought a nice little Moleskin-like notebook in which I am tracking, among other things, my seeds and planting schedule. I’m using the Texas A&M Extension recommended planting dates for our area of Texas. We are in an 8A zone. Today is February 28th. That means I need to get the following in the ground within the next day or two. Beets, Spinach, Carrots, Parsley, & Onions. I’ll also start putting my herbs and flowers in the ground this week. They include marjoram, sage, lavender, basil, oregano, dill, chives, thyme, marigolds, echinacea, & sunflowers. This year I again am planting in two different gardens. There is the small one in our backyard, 32 square feet, and the large one at the family acres, ~2900 square feet. I’ll be putting mostly herbs and flowers in at home. The bulk of the veggies and beans will be planting in the larger garden.

We just weeded the small garden. My wife and sons helped. The soil still is loose and rich. No problems there, with one exception. There are some ants living on the corner of each of the 4×4 square foot garden frames. As I growing everything organically, I’m limited in how I can deal with them. My first effort will be boiling water. That does fairly well, but doesn’t always keep them away. I may remove the corner soil, with the ants in it and replace it. Fortunately, they are not fire ants, so I am only a little concerned at this point. Still, I’d rather they be gone.

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Ordered Some Seeds from FreedomSeeds.org

I just ordered seeds from FreedomSeeds.org for the first time. Mailing the check, so I’ll be patient to get them. I have already planted seeds that I got from the local organic store, Green Mama’s. This’ll be the first of many orders from them, as I want to further their cause as well as obtain seeds to grow and to store.