August 1st, 2015

Me in Civil War Union Officer's uniform

Seed order going in!

Quick gardening post. Spring is starting to head our way. I am working through my seed order. I want to replace all my seeds, usually I keep them a few years and try to replant them, but I had to chuck a bunch of them out as something got in to the plastic container and ate most of them. I also have mice in the shed now :*( so I suspect I'll need fresh seeds. I'll be giving the shed a thorough cleaning out in the summer, once the ground is dry enough for me to put things out of the shed to go through them & throw things out.

Here is what I have in my cart. It's a price order!! but hey, I'll get seeds for the next 2 to 3 years & I get 3 free packs for spending $60NZ ;)

7450 Melon Jenny Lind Botanical Name: Cucumis melo:
American Heirloom. A delicious little green fleshed Musk Melon, aromatic and very sweet. The 500gm-1kg fruit are slightly flattened with prominent ribs. Named after a popular 19th Century singer. Good mildew resistance. Maturity 80 days from transplant.

8750 Squash Sunbeam F1 Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo:
Bright yellow scalloped summer squash with tender nutty tasting flesh. Sunbeam is a vigorous grower over the summer months, the first fruit ripening in 52 days from sowing in late spring. Good resistance to powdery mildew that can also be controlled by growing in rich humus with even moisture levels and good airflow around the plant. Matures 110 days from transplant.

(I've grown this one before, goes well) 9230 Tomato Sub Arctic Plenty Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
World s earliest tomato. Bred for the U.S. Greenland military bases to endure extremely cold climates. Producing concentrated clusters of small, good flavoured, red fruit that ripen almost simultaneously. A very small plant with compact habit so excellent for anyone interested in growing in pots. Determinate. Matures 65 days from transplant.

9090 Tomato Indigo Rose Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
This striking tomato is one of the darkest tomatoes bred so far. Beautiful eye-catching fruit are firm with good flavour. The 30-50g cocktail sized round fruit are green when unripe, purple red when ripe and develop a dark purple pigment when exposed to direct sunlight. Fruit are borne in clusters of 6-8 on vigorous vines with a healthy resistance to fungal disease and blight. Indeterminate. Matures 75 days from transplant.

9360 Tomato Container Choice Red F1 Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Developed for container growing, this is a space saver on your patio or in your garden. Bushy tree like upright plants produce large 150-200g red tomatoes that ripen evenly with no green shoulders. Harvesting high yields of beefsteak style fruits make this a great edible ornamental. Determinate. Maturity 70 days from transplant.

9268 Tomato Vintage Wine Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Rich flavourful beefsteak with eye catching orange and gold striped pink skin. Unlike other striped tomatoes, there are no stripes in the flesh. Fruit grow from 500g to 1kg and are tart and very juicy. Indeterminate. Stake to 1.8m. Matures 80 days from transplant.

(these didn't do well for me last year but have before and are very very tasty!) 3655
Organic Tomato Big Rainbow Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
This classic large yellow Beefsteak type Tomato, to 900g and more, is shot through with streaks of red and orange, much more than just merely striped giving a beautiful marbled appearance when sliced. Near the top in the Tomato taste test. Indeterminate. Maturity 85 days from transplant.

(new selection last year, a bit pricey & I don't know how many seeds I get but I guess it is going to be a decent pack as most their stuff is about $3-4NZ instead of $20NZ!) SEL009
Bring on the Bees A selection of five of our bee plant varieties:
Anise Hyssop
Bergamot Bee Balm
Echium Blue Bedder
Phacelia Lacy

(new selection this year, looks good; also pricey like the bee one at about $18NZ) SEL027
Fabulous Fragrant Flowers
A selection of five varieties for wonderful scents in your garden day and night:
Dianthus Clove Pinks
Dianthus Rainbow Loveliness
Snail Vine
Stock Night Scented
Violet Queen Charlotte

I haven't had luck with the Golden Midget melons so despite wanting to try those I'll avoid them this time. I have a lot of tasks to do in the garden but will we are starting to get better weather so I'll be able to tackle them.

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