Thursday, February 04, 2010

I Am Ready

Last night I finished my seed inventory.  I was shocked at just how many seeds I still had from the last few growing seasons.  I will be able to save a lot of money by using what we have.  I have kept the seeds in the basement refrigerator so they should be fine.  I may not get as good of yield as if they were brand new, but I have plenty to plant extra. Every year I try to grow something different.  This year I really want to grow sweet potatoes.  I was going to do that last year, but in our area the plants were extremely expensive for some reason.  The man at the feed store was confused by the cost as well, and I decided it wasn't worth it.  Perhaps this year will be different.  I have taken the time to find a supplier of my parent's favorite tomato, Jet Star.  I am going to order a packet of those along with Super Sweet 100 Tomato Seeds.  These are the only two hybrid tomatoes that I plant.   I have never tried to grow Jet Star since we have been in Tennessee, but I remember the flavor of my dad's!  I also love the flavor of Super Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes.  They are like eating candy!  The other hybrid plant that I grow is Ambrosia Cantaloupe.  I have tried heirloom cantaloupes, and we don't like them.  Ambrosia is a wonderful cantaloupe that is well worth the effort of finding the seeds.  One year that we grew them, they were so prolific that we were eating them for breakfast!  The last several years they haven't grown that well for us.  I am hoping that this year will break that bad streak. 

Sometime over the next few days, I will place my seed order. I have all of my seeds that need to be started now: (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, lettuce, and spinach). Michael will also be assembling my grow cart, and as soon as I can I will post pictures of it.  I should be back in the seed growing business in no time!

grace and peace,
julie

3 comments:

Carmen C. said...

How exciting!!! I've been drooling my way through all the seed catalogs too deciding what to plant, I think I'm going to make the garden a little bigger this year ;) Your strawberry cake rolls look DEVINE!!!!

Paige said...

Sister julie! Growing sweet potato slips are the easiest thing ever!! Just google it! I had a post about that last weekend on my blog, too, if you want to check it out! Home-grown ones are huge!!

Paige said...

Ok, I did a little research...here's the entry where I talked about sweet potato slips.

http://daniel-and-paige.blogspot.com/2010/01/paiges-highlights_23.html

And the one for the solar dehydrator!

http://daniel-and-paige.blogspot.com/2009/09/paiges-highlights_26.html