Monday, August 16, 2010

The Fall Seeds Are Here! The Fall Seeds Are Here!


My order of new fall seeds arrived from Terroir Seeds out of Chino Valley, Arizona.  By now, you probably know that I support Arizona and its new law (SB1070) regarding illegal immigration.  I prefer to throw my almost worthless dollars to the state of Arizona rather than a sanctuary city or a blowhard state like my very own California.  Nonetheless, the fall seeds arrived and here’s what I’ll plant:

Nutribud Broccoli is an early-maturing variety, having a large central head with medium-sized side shoots on vigorous, attractive plants. Unusually high in free glutamine, a building block of protein and an important healing nutrient.

Harvests of mature heads extend over about a two-week period. Plant succession crops for continuous harvests. Consistently good results. Difficult to find.

Mammoth Red Rock Cabbage is an heirloom from 1889 that have solid round flattened purple-red 7-10 in. diameter large 6-8 lbs heads.

Excellent keeper with hard and tightly wrapped leaves, large-framed medium core that is great for pickling, boiling and general use. Excellent quality cabbage.

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage was introduced about 1840. These small 2-3 pound distinctly pointed, conical shaped heads are fast growing, ready for early summer harvesting. Best cabbage for early spring planting.

Regarded by many as one of the best tasting cabbages. Compact size is ideal for raised beds; it's easy to space four or five closely across the width of a raised bed without over crowding.

Cimmarron Lettuce is an heirloom from the 18th century. Also called Little Leprechaun. Beautiful deep red romaine, 10”-12" tall with a crisp, creamy yellow-bronze center with a tender texture and great flavor. Large, sturdy plants virtually impervious to bolting. Both cold and heat hardy.

Merlot Lettuce is absolutely gorgeous, frilled leaves of the richest, dark wine-red. Smooth, full bodied flavor. Loose leaves work well for “cut and come again” culture, as well as baby salad mix. Dark-red lettuce is very high in flavonol, a compound that acts as an antioxidant. William Woys Weaver believes this is destined to become a classic. Finally getting more well known. For the longest shelf life, harvest greens late in the day.

He-Shi-Ko Bunching Onion is a perennial bunching onion, nonbulbing, 3 to 5 slim tender 12-14" silvery-white stalks grow from base with a white pungent flesh.

The Tall Telephone Pea is a Swiss heirloom dating to 1878. Vigorous vines produce a profusion of large, easy to pick, dark-green pods, with 8 - 10 delicious peas in each. Long season. Good in most areas for home gardens, fresh markets and freezing.

Orange Scented Thyme has the traditional flavor of Old English Thyme with a refreshing orange-mint fragrance and pale pink flowers that attract bees. When used in cooking, the clear orange flavor lingers without the harsh aftertaste of other thymes. Excellent with fish, roasted vegetables, stews and soups. Grows short & compact to 4” tall & 12” across.

Stevia leaves are 100-300 times sweeter than table sugar, have virtually no calories and are not broken down by heat. Studies show this non-caloric, natural sweetener lowers blood pressure, regulates heartbeat, is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-yeast and retards dental plaque. No calories, no carbohydrates, no tooth decay!

In addition, I will plant garlic, carrots, and onions.  I just need to decide the combinations to plant and which beds to use.  All seeds will be sewn in place if the current crops poop out in time.  If not, I will need to start the seeds in peat pots and transplant whenever the beds are ready.


Note:  DBE gals, I did a terrible tutorial job on yesterday’s post.  Let’s try one more time.  Please read these instructions to the end then give it a try.  In the paragraph above you can see the word “garlic” in a different color type.  When a word or group of words are in a different color that generally means that those words are linked to something related to the topic.  Give a single left click on that green garlic.  That action will take you to a post that shows my garlic braid.  If you want to come back to this post click on the back button.  The back button looks something like this.image   An arrow pointing to the left will take you back one page.  If you want to know what a button does just put your cursor (mouse) arrow over the button and some words should pop up to tell you what the button does.

That’s enough for now.  Go out and practice.  Remember, your breed ruled an empire.  You can do this.


Bill Bird said...

Republicans salute you Ms. Maybelline!

Lisa Paul said...

Politics aside: if you tell me this company's seeds are organic, heirloom and what is promised truly sprouts, I'm placing my order tomorrow.


*Bill: Thanks for the salute; but I'm neither Republican nor Democrat. Those parties simply cannot control the practical party animal in me.

*Lisa: Terroir Seeds do not list their seeds as organic or at least I cannot see those words in their catalog. They do pledge to not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants (JtB can rest.). Their seeds are heirloom/open pollinated seeds though. They do promote healthy soil. You can contact them @ 888-878-5247 or via their website . You might want to take a visit to Petaluma's Baker Creek. I've bought seeds from them before with success. The old bank building they've converted looks great.

Melissa Price said...

I'm on the verge of planting my fall garden, too. The hubs weeded and tilled under the summer garden last weekend... It. Was. Dead. The only thing holding out in this oppressive heat was the peppers. I'm so ready for fall temperatures and produce.

I gotta say... I'm impressed with your determination to have a healthy (chemical-free) lawn. Me? I just let the boogers grow. I do good to keep them out of the garden! : ) Melissa


*Melissa: I can't get my tomatoes to quit. It's a good curse but it's holding up my fall preparations. The peppers will grow until a freeze bites them in December. I'm ready to yank my lemon squash and watermelon though.

Anonymous said...

Maybelline and Lisa,
You might be interested in Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. Their catalog says over 200 of their varieties are certified organic. Their catalog has heirloom seeds, books and gifts. Phone is 563-382-5990 9-5 CST M-F. I counted 72 varieties of tomato seeds!


*Anon: 72 varieties?! That reminds me of an off color joke I was told today.

Anonymous said...

Shame on you. Now you've got me trying to figure out the joke!


*Anon: Sorry. This blog is rated "G" for the most part. The joke is probably "PG13". It was told to me by a gentleman in his late 70s sitting with his luncheon group that are in their 70s - 90s.