Last week I placed a seed order with Sustainable Seed Co. I ordered eight seed packets, which I actually believe was quite restrained. The seeds that got away were already haunting me. I shouldn't have worried. I was lucky enough to receive several additional seed packets from my mom for my birthday and Sustainable Seed Co. threw in a bonus seed packet with my order, so I am well and fully stocked. Here's what should be growing in my garden in a few short months:
Dwarf blue kale-- a type of curly kale that forms 6-8" heads. I may put this in containers as well as the garden beds.
Sassy salad mix-- a blend of lettuces, chard, arugula, spinach and mustard greens.
Freckles lettuce-- a type of romaine with green leaves baring purple freckles. I wish I could say that I picked this variety because it is heat tolerant and bolt-resistant (which is supposedly is), but the adorable freckles were what swayed me.
Oregon sugar pod II-- a variety of snow pea. Apparently its 24" vines are shorter than the average vine pea, but still require some staking.
Tom Thumb pea-- a miniature shelling pea that's well-suited to containers and small gardens.
Pink climber tomato-- my bonus seed packet. I don't know much about them yet.
Straight eight cucumber-- a classic-looking white spined cucumber.
Early prolific straightneck squash-- Squash is delicious, and I figure that anything with "prolific" in the name is good for a first-timer like myself.
Yolo wonder pepper-- I had to look past the too-trendy name of this pepper. Based on the description in the catalog, it sounds like a classic bell pepper that matures from green to red.
Early jalapeno-- I think this speaks for itself.
Santa Fe grande pepper-- a hot pepper that changes from yellow to red as it matures. Similar in heat or a bit hotter than jalapenos.
Sabor-- a common variety of cilantro. According to my seed packet, cilantro is also known as "Chinese parsley." Who knew?
Genovese basil-- a classic. I've grown this in containers before.
Purple basil-- ditto the above.
Dolce vita basil blend-- includes cinnamon, genovese, tall lemon, lime, mammoth and purple petra basils. Why yes; I do like basil. Why do you ask?
Now, a reasonable person would look at that list and try to pare it down to a manageable size for a new gardener. I am clearly not a reasonable person. Thus, I plan to add to this list with a few seedlings purchased from the farmer's market (I have my eye on Kentucky colonel mint) and cuttings from others' gardens (I'm looking at you, rosemary). At least I'll have more to write about than two and a half acres of beans.