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Old 01-31-2019, 06:44 PM
Eva Luna is offline
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The SDMB 2019 Gardening Thread

So to take my mind off the current Midwestern subzero temperatures, I have been daydreaming and ordering seeds and scheduling a small seed swap. This year we should be able to be more ambitious, now that the 8 (!) raised beds are built, plus the 2 long, skinny ones on each side of the garage from the bricks from the chimney that we had knocked down before we moved into our house a couple of years ago. Trellises were built last year and plant supports acquired, but I was somewhat hamstrung by plantar fasciitis, so didn't get to do everything I wanted last year, especially planting many of the flower seeds.

So far the new stuff acquired for this year is:

Syrian Stuffing Eggplant
Mitoyo Eggplant
Carouby De Maussane Snow Pea
Laxton's Progress No. 9 Garden Pea
Lemon Squash
Rugosa Friulana Squash
Arka Surymukhi Squash
Berkeley Tie-Dye Green Tomato
Striped Roman Tomato
Brandywine Tomato
Lakota Squash
Red Kuri Squash (Hokkaido)
Sucrine Du Berry Squash
Lucid Gem Tomato
Solar Flare Tomato
Quadrato D'Asti Rosso Pepper
Lipstick Pepper
Shishito Pepper
Beit Alpha Cucumber
Marbles Mixed Four O'Clocks
Double Carnival Rosy Red Hollyhock
Swiss Giants - Pansy
Grandiflora Mix-Salpiglossis
California Poppy - Rainbow Mix
Leutschauer Paprika Pepper
Arroz Con Pollo Pepper
Collective Farm Woman Melon
Little Fingers Eggplant
Ha'ogen Melon
Armenian Cucumber
Hmong Red Cucumber
Aswad eggplant
Purple Dragon Carrot
Shanghai Pak Choi

Left over from last year:

Peppers: King of the North, Criolla de Cocina, Padron, Corno di Toro, Mehmet's Sweet Turkish, Firecracker, Orange Jalapeno
Squash: Acorn and Butternut
Eggplant: Black Beauty, some lilac variety that one of Tom Scud's cousins gave us, and I swear I had some of those awesome fat Iraqi ones left but I can't find them
Melon: Green Nutmeg, Charentais, Minnesota Midget
Kale: Nero di Toscana, Scarlet
Turnip: Nagasaki Akari Kobu
Radish: Purple Plum
Parsnip: Hollow Crown
Swiss Chard: rainbow
Kohlrabi: Blauer Speck
Chinese Cabbage: Chirimen Hakusai
Radish Chinese Red Meat
Beet: Chioggia and Okragly Ciemnoczerwony
Carrot: Cosmic Purple
Cabbage: Brunswick (these were a freebie)
Ground cherries
Sweet peas

I don't know that I will bother with the tomatillos or ground cherries; they both take up a lot of space, and they didn't wow us. And the Mehmet's Turkish peppers were super prolific, but we like our peppers fleshier for sauteeing and roasting, so I may just give away a bunch of those seeds. And the acorn and butternut squash were OK - I wouldn't have bothered planting them left to my own devices, but a friend gave us the seeds so I thought I'd try it. But I think it's more fun to plant varieties that can't easily be bought at markets. And the above list doesn't count flowers, which will mostly get planted in the front or on the side of the house. I want to plant a flowering shrub or two on the side of the house, maybe something that gets trellised? Ideas welcome.

What are you guys planning?