I love when I go to the mail box and spy the hard cardboard envelope in amongst the other business envelopes that surely contain bills or junk info. The sight of the brown card means that seeds have arrived!
Last week I ordered seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue – they are a family run business in Wales and they specialise in open pollination of rare or heirloom variety. They heavily encourage seed collection effectively telling you to not buy seeds from them twice. Of course, there are always different varieties to try out so I doubt they will go out of business that soon. (I also have a bunch ordered from Rare Seeds in America which I will get week after next when Mr Urbanfarmer comes back from business trip)
I bought some seeds for the allotment and a couple that I want to try out – since my friend is ‘trusting’ me will the seed decisions (perhaps she will come to her senses next year when she has learnt all and I will be superfluous) I purchased the types that I am interested in but I think will do well in our space.
I bought parsnip seeds ‘Tender and True’; I had already tried ‘Hollow Crown’ last year and everyone says sow fresh parsnip seed each year so I bought new seeds. The rate of germination of the ‘Hollow Crown’ was significantly lower but it may be a number of different circumstances from last year. I also bought root parsley ‘Atika’ that grows both leaves and big root like parsnip but more slender and mild; I thought that was interesting.
Since we have so much space I went for full size plants (instead of dwarf kind in my back garden)
Courgettes: I got patty pan squash ‘Benning’s Green tint Scallop’ which is a lovely pale mint green (a plant may sneak its way into my garden) and also ‘Striato di Napoli’ which is a green ribbed courgette – it has stripy dark/light green skin. They describe the Napoli as very productive for the space it takes up so good choice for small plots.
I got a watermelon that may grown outside ‘Blacktail Mountain’; an early melon they suggest growing in a polytunnel but may grow outside in warm areas. Since we are not allowed polytunnels (unless under four-foot) then it is growing outside whether it likes it or not.
Beside ‘Lord Leicester’ peas and yellow mange tout (snow peas) ‘Golden Sweet’ I also got a pumpkin or winter squash called ‘Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato’. Since we both love sweet potato I thought this might be easier to grow and store than an actual sweet potato. It is also a weird shape which is cool – pale green/beige unusual fluted and pointy acorn type squash. (I took the picture below from the real seeds website – definitely not my photo yet)
I promise not to over sow these seeds – I only will sow what I need not what will fill the beds. Now write that 100 times.
Have you bought any strange or unusual seeds lately?