Well, I have gardening fever. Raging Gardening fever, and so, since the only things I could plant right now might be rice, or water lilies, I decided to check my seeds I've saved, and bought, and see what things I have, and need. (I have a new seed saver can. Husband gave me an old Military Ammo Box. I hope to clean and paint editorial leaves and such on it in the future, but for now, it works!)
Right now, I should be able to plant lots of watermelon and tomatoes... The tomatoes make sense, I plant lots of those for both us, and to share (and usually do, big time.) The watermelon? I just have saved packets, and have put back enough to have a few varieties, I guess. (Ironically, I do not like tomatoes, unless they are in something, and don't care for watermelon... I just like growing stuff.)
So, I will write here what I have, if you want to peruse, follow along, if you don't, skip over the list to where I start blabbing again, your choice... The date is the year the package says it was packaged for.
2011- Moon and Stars Watermelon
2011- Chicken Scratch (variety of greens, sort of a salad mix. Supposed to be good for chickens.)
2011- Sunflower supreme mix
2007- Yellow Pear Tomato
2007- Scotia Tomato
2008- Early Cherry
2008- Grand Bell (Pepper) Mix
2009- Campbell's Tomato seeds (from the Soup company)
2011- Big Max Pumpkin
2011- Carnival Blend Carrot
2011- Orange Tendersweet Watermelon
2008- Yellow JB Watermelon
2007- Ruby Queen Beet
2007- Swiss Chard
2008- Mesclun Mix
2010- Yellow Crookneck
2005- Blue Lake Pole Beans
2008- Beefsteak Tomato
2007- Mortgage Lifter Tomato
2???- Pumpkin seeds from Halloween pumpkin...
2007- Kohlrabi, Purple
2010- Kohlrabi, White
2010- Sweet 100 Tomato
2010- Red Cherry Tomato
2010- Black Beauty Eggplant
2008- Straight Eight Cucumber
2008- Chantenay Red Cored Carrot
2010- Scarlet Nantes Carrot
Now, some, like the beans, (circa 2005) will be added to, and mixed together when planted, with some new, so I have a chance of getting beans for my Husband, who goes into withdrawal if I don't make him fresh green beans sometime over the summer. (Some day, my goal is to can. That goal hasn't gone far, up to this point...)
I will plant carrots. Again. I keep trying to plant carrots, and usually end up with an empty row. (Blue clay doesn't lend itself to root veggies much.) The one year I worked the livin' crap out of the ground, and added carroty grow stuff, deer got every last top and killed all of them. I know I should be able to grow carrots. I am tempted to plant them in a pot, and put razor wire over it. Husband suggests pot planting yes, but perhaps putting inside the deer cage... ; )
Why so many tomatoes? I like to try different varieties for cooking, Mom loves them for just eating, and they are good trading stock for other veggies that I don't grow (i.e., corn).
I hope to grow corn, some time, but this year I am going to have to test the soil. I grow everything else pretty well, but my corn is always incredibly pathetic, usually doesn't even grow much more than a stalk. If it does grow an ear, it generally doesn't mature. Bugs don't even bother it, that's how pathetic it is!
I want to plant egg plant, and ask Mom to make Eggplant Parmesan. I wanted to do that last year, but only had like ONE eggplant, so I just gave it to Mom to use. (Last year was the great Bucket Planter year. Hoping I don't have part two this year. It worked, but I sure didn't like doing it that way. The only advantage was that watering was much easier... I suppose weeding was better, too. But I still would prefer an in the ground garden. Especially space wise!)
Some of them, like Swiss Chard, and Chicken Scratch, are obstensively for the animals. But I sample the stuff, they might or might not get it. In fact, one year, I realized that Rudee (who has learned how to be in the garden without walking all over the plants), and I had nearly eaten all the starts of the Chicken Scratch! Ooopsy! They came back, though.
So, I will probably buy a Jiffy Pot greenhouse Monday, and set up some seeds, get stuff started (I have a seed starting heater, so I can start the stuff in the house.) The weather guessers say we should start coming out of the rain this coming week.
About time, is all I can say... I want to get out and do gardeny stuff!