It's windy, rainy & 52, but feels much colder, so I've been doing nuthin' much.
I got my Comstock-Ferre seed catalog a few days ago, so have been
reading it. Yes, actually reading it from cover to cover, even
varieties I am not the least bit interested in. Being "old", I love old
stuff & the catalog has 3 pages of history that was really
interesting. FYI, the Gettle family of Baker Creek Seeds, recently
bought the seed company & will have their 200th anniversary on June 5
in Connecticut. DH said no, he would not take me, but we will see
about that. You've heard the saying "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody
Anyway, I only thought I was through with my seed order for the year.
Here's what I have on my list now: Dates given are from the catalog.
ARTICHOKE: Green Globe. 1846
BEANS: Lazy Wife pole bean 1880s, Black Valentine pole 1850s.
BEET: Albino. Thomas Jefferson grew this one.
CABBAGE: Danish Ballhead. One of the hardiest cabbages, will plan for Fall planting. 1850s.
LETTUCE: Strawberry cabbage lettuce. 19th century French heirloom introduced to USA in 1906.
MELONS: Banana, 1885. Pineapple. T. Jefferson also grew this one. Said to be good for training on a trellis.
ONION: Wethersfield Red - 1700's
TOMATOES: Since I only have 10 varieties of tomatoes started, I need to make it an even dozen:
Ponderosa - 1891. Low acid, large fruits
Sparks Earliana: 1900
WATERMELON: Stone Mountain: Introduced by Hastings Seed, Atlanta, GA in
1923. One of the top commercial melon of 1930s & 40s, now nearly
extinct. Since it is a "local" melon, I'll give it a try.
It's a good thing I have 10 acres & don't have to be bothered with working my day job any more.