Monday, February 09, 2009

I finally placed my seed order!

This is the latest I have ever placed my seed order. I usually get it done in January. I have just been buried deep in books and studying lately - I am so ready to be done with grad school.

If you haven't placed your order yet I would recommend doing so soon. With the economy in the state that it is, more people are planting vegetable gardens than ever before and seed companies do run out of some popular seeds. So order early to be sure and get what you want.

Why order from a seed company instead of just buying them at the grocery store? You get a better variety and you have more information available to help you make a better choice. All seed catalogs (both in print and online) provide a lot more information about the plant - where it will grow, what it needs, etc. than you can read on the back of the tiny seed packet.

I do save seeds from some of my veggies (you can't do that with hybrids) and I also use left over seeds from the year before (I just plant extras in case they aren't as fertile - I just hate to waste) - so I don't have to order all my seeds every year.

I ordered my seeds from Gurney's this year. I've had great success with plants and seeds I have ordered from them in the past. They always ship right on time.

Here is what I ordered: (I included the order number in case you want to try the same ones)
Spinach - Vital Green #75782
Bell Peppers - Sweet Bell Hybrid Pepper Mix #14880
Cucumbers - Gurney's Burpless II Hybrid Cucumber #14880
Potatoes - Red Pontiac #74020
Pole Beans - Purple Pod #14196
Cauliflower - Farmer's Extra Early #71559
Carrot - Sweetness II Hybrid # 69955 & Rainbow Blend #73512
Cantaloupe - Athena Hybrid #66185 - this was Andy's request - he is going to grow these.
Herbs - Coriander/Cilantro #14580
Onion - Yellow Sweet Spanish Hybrid #15306 - Onions are the only plants I order
Hot Peppers - Hot Pepper Mix #69942
Tomatoes - Roma #15062 & Golden Rave #75784
Watermelon - Gurney's Delight Hybrid #69937
and lastly I am replacing my beloved peach tree that I lost last year. Contender #65839 - the Semi-Dwarf Deluxe.

I am starting to get really excited about spring - I can't wait for it to come. This year is going to be a much better gardening year - I can just feel it.


Tam said...

I still haven't done my order either.

First I wanted to get Christmas and Birthday thank you notes out of the way, then it was taxes, *sigh* now I'm waiting for my husband to choose between cubanelle and poblano peppers.

I do need to get mine in though. Pinetree already ran out of french fingerling potatoes and I was going to try those this year.

Samantha said...

I need to put my order in too. I was waiting on Burpee (or anyone really) to send me a catalog.

I am so ready for spring.

Vanessa said...

I just go to the local feed store and pick up my plants.. I wonder if seeds is better way to go.. I stink at gardening!

Kimberly said...

Cantaloupe? Neat! I think the kids would love to try their hand at growing that. They both agree that watermelon is going to be in the garden this year. Honestly, the whole idea is overwhelming...we did OK the first year we gardened but I'm not an expert!!!