Seed Order For This Year
Herbs, grains, legumes & wildflowers
I’m almost done placing my seed orders for this year. If you’ve ever spent weeks combing through seed catalogs, then you understand my excitement.
I sketched out recently some ideas for my 10,000 square foot (1/5 acre) garden recently and thought I would share what my final purchases were to inspire other gardeners to share theirs.
I’m beginning to analyze what exactly went down last year in my garden business, and moving my income and expense records from an OpenOffice Calc spreadsheet to Quickbooks, and I realized something important: I pretty much suck at growing conventional vegetables.
But I really get a kick out of the wild edible plants, along with the culinary and medicinal herbs. We’ve already got a bit of a wildflower thing going on, and I thought I would use this chance to push into some experimental patches of different grains/cereals, grasses and friends. My goal, as always, is to essentially nativize my garden invitees and see who is able to survive in the natural conditions of our landscape, without any watering outside of rain, and with only minimal weeding (usually in the form of harvesting). The vast majority of the below is also going to be direct-seeded, just to see what happens.
In fact “wild-simulated” is my theme for this year and I plan to make my garden into a kind of foraging paradise.
The bulk of my seed purchases are from four companies:
- Johnny’s Select Seeds (Maine, USA)
- William Dam Seeds (Ontario, Canada)
- Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds (Saskatchewan, Canada)
- Vermont Wildflower Farm (Vermont, USA)
Lime Light Spray Millet
Hybrid Pearl Millet
Minutina (Specialty Green)
Windsor Bean (Fava)
Top Bunch Collard
Gruner Red Purslane
Giant of Italy Parsley
Magenta Spreen (basically a purply lambsquarters)
Catalogna Italian Dandelion
Goldberg Golden Purslane
Tetragonia (Specialty Green)
Claytonia (aka Miner’s lettuce)
Garnet Stem Chicory
Vit (Mache / corn salad)
Red Leaf Vegetable Amaranth (calaloo)
Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify
From William Dam:
Soybean — Red Milo Mix
Sorghum Sudan Grass
Black Broom Corn
Red Flash Orach Atriplex
Elephant Head Organic Amaranthus
Velvet Curtains Amaranthus
Hot Biscuits Amaranthus
Hu Hsien Amaranth
Gallery Mix Lupins
Garbanzo bean (chick pea)
Lentils, large green
From Vermont Wildflower Farm
All perennial wildflower seed mix
Wildlife wildflower and forage crop seed mix
There are a few other oddball items (bhut jolokia, Chinese five color and piri-piri peppers) that I will probably also pick up. I have already a bunch of seed on hand from the last couple years to pull from as well. And a certain amount of the fine herbs for next year I will just buy in as seedlings at the beginning of the season. Plus I still have to figure out where to buy some of the berry and shrub things I want, but this is a good enough beginning for now!
What seeds are you ordering for this year?