We ended up doing most of our seed order with Johnny's and tubers from Fedco. Johnny's has the new Late Blight Resistant tomatoes bred at Cornell. We've ordered some.
As usual, we've adjusted the kinds of plants we bought. We cut back on the variety of squashes - some of them just didn't do well. One big experiment this year is with edamame soybeans. We both like edamame and are looking forward to picking it fresh and boiling them up with salt. We're also going to try Daikon Radishes this year. My permaculture books mention them as a way to improve the soil, but I like the way they taste. The Japanese pickle them, too. Also new are grape tomatoes. Never tried growing them, but they sure do taste good.
The seeds have already arrived. I was impressed with how fast the order came. I expect we'll be setting up our grow lights in a few weeks and start the seedling process. Starting seeds indoors gets me to thinking about Springtime and fresh greens (etc). This will be a challenging year for us, garden-wise, because we're building our house starting in the Spring. I suspect that there will be many days where we have to make a choice: work on the house or work on the garden. We're prepared to accept an impact to the garden, since the house is (hopefully) a one time thing.
I do both because it is easier to search on line but, like to sit with the catalogs in my lap and easily cross reference them.
Burnt Ridge Nursery
All are great sources of permaculture plants.
A couple of reasons. Johnny's had the blight resistant tomatoes bred at Cornell and we really wanted them. Some of the Pine Tree seeds didn't seem to yield as well as they ought to have. I guess the biggest reason was just to try out another recommended supplier. While it is certainly simpler to place a single large order with a single supplier, I suspect we'll be doing multiple orders in the future. Heck, we're up to three already (Johnny's, Fedco, and Millers).
I finally ordered! Whoo! (I love that moment, where everything is as pretty and easy as the book says, ahhh.)
I ordered veg seeds from Seed Savers again... Vermont Bean Seed didn't thrill me last year and I support the Seed Saver's cause. For something new though I ordered potato seed and onion sets (and sweet potato slips!) from The Maine Potato Lady. She had all the varieties I was looking for, including All Blue which was sold out at other sites.
Now, can we see the ground sometime soon?
Chin up, Alison! We learn as much from mistakes as from successes. For example, we are cutting back on squash varieties this year (4 down from 6). Yield on some of them were very limited, so we are concentrating on the ones that we like and will grow well (got rid of Carnival and Yellow Summer, kept Hubbard, Zucchini, Delicata, and Butternut).
Melons didn't do all that well last year. We got several baby watermelons, but didn't really eat them, so this year we are focused on cantaloupes (which are fantastic) and got rid of the watermelons.
We like to try new things every year. This year is Edamame (a kind of soy bean) and Daikon radish (excellent for pickling).
What are you going to plant this year?
Ambrosia, from Pinetree Seeds was planted last year.