It’s January!!! You know what that means… Time to start thinking about & get ready to garden!!!
Today I sat down with my favorite catalog EVER… My Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog! I mentioned this seed catalog last year when i had spring fever. But, my husband calls it my “dirty magazine” =) I can’t imagine why? I only grab it out of the mail box like it’s a slab of gold, run off to some place quiet & pour over it for hours, “oooing” & “ahhhing” over it’s beautiful centerfold pictures & colorful descriptions. Heaven, it’s my heaven.
What did I spy with my little eye? Ooo… A lot of beautiful edibles caught my eye, but here is what’s on my list of possible purchases:
• Green Calaloo has my attention for sure. I am in love with “Calaloo soup” and would love to grow & make my own. I’m thinking these plants would thrive tucked in & around the flowers in front if my parents house – where other plants normally fry in the sun!
• Celmson Spineless Okra! Cause you need okra to make Calaloo soup. (& I love fried okra!!!) not to mention I’ve never grown either veggie before!
• Kabouli Black Garbanzo. Hello! I LOVE making homemade Hummus!!! The catalog says:
The purple color comes from a pigment called anthocyanine, which enables seeds to sprout in cool soil, making this variety perfect for short season areas.
I’m willing to give that a try!!!
• Boothbay’s Blonde Cucumber. Only 60 days! & from Maine! Sounds like a great candidate to dress up the garden & my salads… Would go good with that hummus too ;)
• Eggplants. I am head over heels for “Baba Ghanouj”,
(pronounced: Ba Ba Ga Noosh), (I love making it and promise to post a recipe soon.) But I’m torn between which variety of eggplant to get. Can I get your opinion? Which one do you vote for? And why? The choices are: Applegreen, Little fingers, or Ping Tung?
• Minnesota Midget Melon I LOVE melon for breakfast! What got my attention with this variety was the short growth period, only 70 days. And it’s description for having compact vines, only 3-4′ & good yields. Ding ding we have a winner & the breakfast of champions!!! I think they’d look lovely in my cottage garden too instead of the main garden.
• Pink Beauty Radishes This is a new one for me. I have never cared for radishes in the past. But someone recently made me a salad that had them finely diced in & I fell in love! Hooray for more veggie variety!
• Marina Di Chiggia Pumpkin I have ALWAYS wanted to grow pumpkins. So when ever I saw the photo in the catalog of a salty looking (Connecticut) guy holding up this beauty ~ my heart sang!!! I am envisioning this italian beauty not only filling my pie pans but also as the perfect addition to the fall decorations around my lovely Victorian summer cottage!
That’s it as far as fruits & veggies go. I had a few other things picked out such as:
• Caraway, I love cooking with it! I think it would be interesting to try growing & harvesting.
• Chocolate Morning Glory. I’d love a small deck off the back door of my cottage, over looking the garden (hint hint, dad), to eat breakfast on & gaze at these lovely morning glories on my trellis! The color of them is stunning!
• Dwarf Jewel Nasturtiums. They will make a fun & colorful addition to the garden! But the real reason I want to grow them is because I want to EAT them!!! I’m going through a lot of diet changes (another topic I will blog about soon), so I will be making A LOT of salads this summer & will add these blossoms for additional color & flavor!
So that’s what I like. I haven’t placed an order yet so I’d love to hear your opinion! What eggplant out of the ones that I listed do you think sounds better? And, What are you going to be planting???