Every year it seems I order more seeds than the last year. There are a number of reasons for this:
- As my family has been growing, my gardening budget keeps shrinking.
- I don't have much space left for new stuff in the perennial gardens so these days I'm buying fewer plants and starting just a few easy-to-grow annuals to stuff in places that need "a little something".
- I'm growing more vegetables now that I have space and why wouldn't you start vegetables from seed? The selection from catalogues is far superior to what you will find in the garden centres in spring.
- It's fun and I feel like I'm gardening as early as February!
- It's a great hands-on science lesson for the kids!
- Just keeping with the times - "grow your own" is a big movement these days and I'm fully on board for environmental reasons, not just because I'm a gardener.
Here's what I've ordered this year:
From Dominion Seed House:
- agastache "fragrant delight" for filling pots around the patios
- calendula "bon bon mixture" for the potager
- nasturtiums "salmon baby" and "jewel of africa" for the potager, herb and veggie gardens
- ornamental kale "nagoya improved" to keep pots looking great into late fall
- cosmos "sonata" because I always grow these. Love them!
- sweet peas "sugar and spice" for pots
- amaranth "fireworks" for the dry front welcome garden
- verbena bonariensis for the potager and adventure garden
- castor bean "impala" for pots on the patio
- zucchini "spineless beauty", mesclun mix, lettuce "two star" and "new red fire", patio, tumbler and Sun Gold tomatoes for the veggie garden
From Veseys seeds:
- sweet peas "ripples mix" for the adventure garden
- alpine strawberries "temptation" to trial in pots and later plant at the edge of the back shade garden if they do well
- birdhouse gourds for crafts with the kids
From T&T seeds:
- asparagus "martha washington" roots for the potager - I planted asparagus at my old house and then promtply moved, and I can't wait to have freshly harvested asparagus again! (next year)
- grape "valiant" root - I'm not sure I have a sunny enough spot for this but I'm going to give it a go
- 2 dwarf apples "dexter jackson" to grow in pots this summer and eventually plant and train as espaliers in the veggie garden (their permanent planting spots will be ready by fall)
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