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It all begins with a seed

January 30, 2011

Or a few thousand seeds… It is almost time to start planting! Our last frost date is mid-April so the first seeds can be started indoors under the grow light around February 15. Thus begins my little series on starting the garden from seed.

We’ll start with the seeds themselves. I ordered everything from Johnny’s Seed Catalog. I’m sure I should have shopped around and picked up seeds from a variety of stores. But this was much simpler and only required one shipment. Johnny’s is quite well respected and really not too pricey (unless you are looking at growing supplies.. then they can get up there).

What did I buy? Well, for starters: way too much. But seeds last 3-5 years, so I’ll be good about preserving them and next year I won’t need to order quite so much. My order came to just over $100 and included:

Fruits & Veggies

  • Navarino Carrots (F1)
  • General Lee Cucumbers (F1)
  • Fairy Tale Eggplant (F1)
  • Nabechan Onions (Scallions) (F1)
  • Ruby Ring Red Onions (F1)
  • Prince Yellow Onions
  • Caselode Peas
  • Jalafuego Jalapenos (F1)
  • Habanero Peppers
  • Conservor Shallots (F1)
  • Sarian Strawberries
  • Bush Beans – Provider (OG)-Packet
  • Red Ace Beet
  • Caseload Peas
  • Sunburst – Pattypan Squash
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • Tigress – Medium Green Striped Squash


  • Arugula (OG)
  • Spicy Mesculn Mix
  • Red Cross – Boston Head Lettuce
  • Romaine (OG)
  • Emu Spinach (F1)


  • Heirloom – Brandywine (OG)-Mini
  • Orange and Yellow Cherry – Gold Nugget (OG)-Mini
  • San Marzano 15 (F1)-Mini
  • Red Ace (F1)-Packet
  • Tomatillo – Toma Verde
  • * F1 means conventionally grown and OG is for organic.

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