Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Seeds, Seeds, and more Seeds!

I finally finished my seed inventory today.  It's that time of year again...time to order seeds.  I knew I had a lot already, so I wanted to make sure I knew what I had before I ordered duplicates.  I didn't really realize I had this many though.  Part of the problem was that I found a couple of seed sales at the end of last year and stocked up.  The list is a mixture of many companies...many Seed Savers Exchange, some Botanical Interests, many Renee's Garden, and several Seeds of Change.  I still do need to order a few, but nothing compared to last year. Just in case you care, this is what I have.

Seeds I Have Now
-Orange Climbing Vine Pod *
-Blue Conflowers *
-Milkweed *
-Painted Lady Runner Bean
-Summer Splash Marigolds
-Lemon Queen Sunflowers
-Moonshadow Sunflowers
-Tarahumara Sunflowers
-Vanilla Ice Sunflowers (Little)
-Blue Mirror Delphiniums
-Purple Hyacinth Bean
-Polar Bear Zinnias
-Cactus Zinnia Burpee
-Double Click Cosmos
-Blackberry Lily *
-Cigar Flowers
-French Flounce Carnations
-Radiance Cosmos
-Garden Orchid Sweet Peas
-Perfume Delight Sweet Peas
-Nasturtium Spitfire (Little)
-Enfant deNice Carnations
-Chocolate Flower (Little)
-Antique Apple Green Bells of Ireland

-Napoletano Basil
-Lime Basil
-Genovese Basil
-Red Rubin Basil
-Moss Curled Parsley
-Mrs. Burns Basil
-Summer Savory
-Chives (Little)
-Golden Purlane

- Asparagus Beans (Pole)
-Blackeyed Peas
-Royal Burgundy Bush Bean
-Frosty Pea
-Tom Thumb Pea
-Burpeeana Early Pea
-Stringless Bean Burpee
-Jade Bush Bean
-Blue Lake Bush Bean
-Contender Bush Bean
-Slenderette Bush Bean
-French Climbing Green Bean *

-Kohlrabi Crispy Colors Duo
-Early Purple Vienna Kohlrabi
-Calabrese Broccoli
-Early Green Broccoli
-Luffa Gourd BI
-French Primor Baby Leeks
-Falltime Leek
-D’Avagnon Radish
-Easter Egg Radish
-French Breakfast Radish
-Cherry Belle Radish
-Chubby Checkers Corn
-Strawberry Popcorn
-Tricolor Pattypan Squash
-Crispy Winter Greens Lettuces
-Corn Salad Lettuce
-Peppergrass (Little)
-Cimmaron Lettuce
-Gala Mache Lettuce
-Red Sails Lettuce
-Royal Red Lettuce
-Reine Des Glaces Lettuce
-Forellenschuss Lettuce
-Grandpa Admire’s Lettuce *
-Early Palla Rossa Radicchio
-Space Hybrid Spinach
-Bloomsdale Spinach
-New Zealand Spinach
-Chioggia Beet (Little)
-Red and White Chard
-Five Color Silverbeet Chard (Little)
-Rhubarb Chard
-Long Green Eggplant
-Rosa Bianca Eggplant
-White Globe Turnip
-Mammoth Salsify
-Black Beauty Zucchini
-Trombetta Climbing Summer Squash
-Spaghetti Squash
-Musquee De Provence Pumpkins
-Crookneck Squash Pennsylvania Dutch
-Regular Orange Pumpkin
-White Pumpkin *
-Red Core Chantenay Carrot
-Tatsoi Mustard Greens
-Sweet White Spanish Onions
-Mini Purplette Bunching Onion
-Spanish Utah Onion
-Delicious Duo Scallions
-Early Dell Celery
-Emerald Envy Cucumber
-Lemon Cucumber (Little)
-West Indian Gherkin Cucumber (Little)
-Japenese Climbing Cucumber (Little)
-Early Flat Dutch Cabbage
-Lacinto Kale
-Silver Queen Okra
-Honeydew Melon *

-Amana Orange
-Roma Paste Tomato
-Yellow Pear Tomato
-Marvel Striped Tomato
-Brandywine Tomato
-Heirloom Tomato Mix
-Nebraska Wedding Tomato (Little)
-Cream Sausage Tomato (Little)
-Copia Tomato (Little)
-Mortgage Lifter Tomato (Little)
-Early Cascade *
-La Roma *
-Purple Cherokee *
-Yellow Brandywine *
-Speckled Roman *

-Spanish Padron (Little)
-Carnival Bell Pepper Mix

Whew!  The ones with the asterisk are ones I saved myself from my garden last year.  Little means I only have a few seeds of that variety.  Do you save seeds?  What are you ordering this year?


  1. I'm astounded at how many seeds you have. Looks like you won't have to buy too many, unless of course you want to. I have to buy lots of seeds this year, because Nick got into my "stash" and flung several packets of seeds all around our living room. Sigh.

    I will have to decide how many seeds is a good amount to have to plant when I know I'm going to have to tend them while in the 3rd trimester. Hmm.

  2. I took a photo of our seed collection a few days ago... I was wanting to save a cybertree by not typing them all out and wasting cyberpaper. :) I just got through chaffing out a couple hundred Firecracker Vine seeds... why? I don't know. Spring seed swap will get rid of some. Maybe some online friends need/want some, I don't know. Just seemed like the thing to do. Now, on to the balloon flower seeds, and the tassle flower, and the butterfly weed, and and and... Gardening is an incurable disease!!

  3. It's possible that you're certifiably nuts! Wait... nuts are seeds, aren't they? Hmmm... how many square feet of garden do you have?

  4. Holy buckets of seeds, my friend! I just showed Brad the list... I think he's going to stop making fun of me for my inventory!

    I think I have the first completed draft of my garden plan finished as of today... and don't have to buy nearly as many seeds as last year, but considering this is only year two on the full garden, I still have to buy a few. And I was negligent and didn't save any from last year, other than the cow peas that flopped.

    If I can swing it, I'll have 5 new raised beds this year - a lot more space for me! Can't wait!

  5. OMG! Holy Seed Buckets is right! I think I need to purchase some seeds. The different vegetables I grow each year, just doesn't seem to be enough. LOL! I typically grown kennebec potatoes, carrots, beets, romaine, grand rapids, green leaf, red leaf, rainbow chard, spinach, pickling cucs, cabbage and radicchio. This year I'm adding sweet potatoes and because of the new greenhouse, tomatoes, slicing cucumbers, and bell peppers. Do you freeze you seed between plantings? I've read mixed reviews.

    I can the potatoes, carrots, beets and cucs. I can tomatoes also but have to buy them. So this year I am really looking forward to growing them myself. Hopefully I'll have to find creative ways to deal with all the bell pepper I'll be growing as well.

  6. Constancia- i can almost everything, or store it in my make shift root cellar. I do not freeze seed between plantings, I might store it in my root cellar. I keep it in my kitchen, which is pretty cool, in a sealed container away from moisture. I've never had a problem with stored seed not germinating. I've never got enough bell peppers to can them. Mine just haven't done well yet. I get good plants, and blooms, but not many peppers are making it to big mature peppers. I've heard people say it hasn't been good years for them lately. The peppers are good to blacken over a flame or in the oven broiler, peel, and then can. Very yummy. I am so jealous of your greenhouse to be. I want one eventually, but that is not in my budget as of yet.


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