Happy New Year!


01/13

Seeds for 2021 garden have been ordered and are on the way. If you're thinking about a garden this year, right now is a good time to decide what you want to grow and order your seeds.

I'm taking a break from ornamentals this year, to see how the ones started last year are going to do this year, and to focus my efforts on the vegetable garden, and to have more time for other priorities. To simplify the ordering process while minimizing shipping and handling costs, I ordered all of the seeds from just two seed companies, both of which have served me well in '19 and '20. Here are the items I'll be growing this year. Links are provided, in case anyone is interested:

V = seeds leftover from previous year(s)

$ = seeds ordered this year (may also have seeds leftover from previous year(s))

$ - Basil – Genovese
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...basil-genovese

$ - Basil - Lime
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...sil-herb-seeds

V – Bean, green, bush – Contender Bush

$ - Bean, dry/green bush – Dragon Tongue Bush
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...ngue-bush-bean

$ - Carrot – Scarlet Nantes
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...antes-heirloom

$ - Carrot – New Kuroda
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...-kuroda-carrot

V - Cucumber - Marketmore 76

V - Melon, Cantaloupe – Tommy Apple

$ - Melon, Sweet Passion
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...-passion-melon

V - Oregano - Greek

$ - Pepper - California Wonder, sweet
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...r-pepper-seeds

$ - Pepper - Craig’s Grande Jalapeno, Hot
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...craig-s-grande

$ - Pepper - Cubanelle, sweet
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...weet-pepper-40

$ - Pepper – Doux D’Espagne or Spanish Mammoth Pepper, sweet
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...doux-d-espagne

$ - Pepper - Golden Calwonder, sweet
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...r-pepper-seeds

$ - Pepper – King of the North, sweet
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...e-north-pepper

$ - Pepper – Lipstick, sweet
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...ipstick-pepper

$ - Pepper - Marconi Red, sweet
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...d-pepper-seeds

$ - Pepper - Nadapeno, sweet
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...adape-o-pepper

$ - Pepper - Purple Beauty, sweet
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...y-pepper-seeds

$ - Pepper - Sweet Hungarian
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...a-pepper-seeds

$ - Pumpkin – Winter Luxury Pie
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...ry-pie-pumpkin

$ - Squash – Canada Crookneck
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...ookneck-squash

$ - Squash - Waltham Butternut
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...ernut-heirloom

$ - Squash – Black Beauty Zucchini
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...-beauty-squash

$ - Squash – Costata Romanesco Zucchini
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...manesco-squash

$ - Tomato – Amish Paste
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...h-paste-tomato

$ - Tomato – Black Cherry
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...y-tomato-seeds

$ - Tomato – Pink Brandywine
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...m-tomato-seeds

$ - Tomato – Raspberry Lyanna
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...-lyanna-tomato

$ - Tomato – San Marzano Heirloom
https://ohioheirloomseeds.com/produc...m-tomato-seeds

$ - Tomato – Sweetheart Cherry
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...-cherry-tomato

$ - Watermelon – Charleston Gray
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vege...ray-watermelon

Also, two notable varieties were unfortunately unavailable from the two seed companies I ordered from. If I happen to find one or both of them locally, I will grow them as well:

? - Squash - Buttercup
Buttercup squash (grown successfully in 2019 - and grown again in 2020, when striped cucumber beetles killed them all) was delicious, much like a nuttier version of butternut squash.

? - Tomato - Matt’s Wild Cherry
Matt's Wild Cherry tomatoes (gown in 2019) were wonderfully firm, sweet and juicy - unlike the comparatively mushy, bland and dry Chadwick Cherry tomatoes grown last year.


While there are a number of additional vegetable seed varieties left over from previous year(s) that I haven't yet attempted to grow, and that I may attempt to grow this year, the one's listed above are the only ones I definitely plan to grow this year. Here are those additional varieties:

V - Beet – Early Wonder

V - Beet - Detroit Dark Red

V - Bok Choi - Chinese Cabbage Chou Chinois

V - Cabbage - Copenhagen Market

V - Chard – Swiss Rainbow Mix

V - Cucumber - Marketmore 76

V - Daikon Radish - Diakon Minowase

V - Kale - Siberian

V - Kale - Red Russian

V - Kale - Black

V - Kohlrabi - Early Purple Vienna

V - Lettuce - Black-Seeded Simpson

V - Lettuce - Buttercrunch

V - Lettuce - Rocky Top Mix

V - Onion - Sweet Yellow Spanish

V - Spinach - Gigante D’Inverno