Hmm seems to me I've used that post title before. I must have too many seeds in the house now. I had a package from Canada arrive last week. I knew what that meant. Seeds from Dan.
He sent me some Little Gem Romaine. Now I have 12 varieties of lettuce. Where, oh where will I put them all? At least this one has "little" in its name. That must mean it is a dwarf variety and won't need as much space. Maybe I should plant it with my Tom Thumb lettuce from Stefaneener. Two cute little heading lettuces together would be nice.
He also sent me some Tiger's Eye Beans. These will be part of my dried bean growing effort this year. I want more things to eat over the winter from the garden. And as you have all probably figured out, I love dried beans and eat them all the time. It would be great if more of them were my own.
The other two are Cherokee Purple and Big Chili II. I've been wanting to grow Cherokee Purple all summer long as people rave about the taste. It takes a bit longer than the other tomatoes I grow, but I'm going to try it anyway.
I know there are a couple of folks that said they would send me seed and haven't yet. Well I really, really don't need anymore. I have too many varieties of too many things.
The one thing I need and I haven't gotten yet is my onion seed from Fedco. My charts say my target date for planting is Feb 6th, just two days away. I only have my red variety right now. Varsity, my white storage type is nowhere to be seen. I might just have to pick up some from the garden center soon. I really wanted to try Varsity. Fedco's description was that it kept better than Copra and can get as big as Ailsa Craig. That is saying a lot. But if it doesn't get here, I'm sure I can find something locally to plant easily enough.
I placed an order from the Fedco Organic Supply too. I ordered a lot of things, one of which was more seed. I always find it amusing that cover crops and grains are put in the garden supply section and not in the seed section. I ordered their soil building seed mix. I'm a fan of an oat and vetch combination, but to buy them separately costs too much for me. The mixes are cheaper. Their mix is an oat/pea/vetch mix. It ought to work well at any time of the year as vetch overwinters. Around here most do a rye/vetch mix for the fall into winter as rye is also winter hardy, but I like oats much better. All the research I've seen shows that oats, even though they winter kill, is better than rye because it isn't allelopathic like rye. So crops after oats grow better than crops after rye.
I also ordered some hulless oats on the outside chance that I'll get a community garden plot to put it in. The thought of growing a little grain seems really quite intriguing. I haven't a clue how I would harvest it yet as I don't own a scythe, but I'll cross that bridge if I get a plot and actually plant the oats. For now you can laugh at the image of me cutting a patch of oats with scissors as that is the best tool I have right now.