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Garden Notes March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015
Storm watching

Looking south

Now that our normal March weather pattern of rain is back it seems like we didn’t have a month of dry weather.

The rhubarb is springing into action.

Kraut and smothered cabbage in my future

Kraut and smothered cabbage in my future

Inside starts are begging to be transplanted.


Tithonia, Thai basil and tomatoes showing off.

Or germinating at a fast rate.  Plants seeded on Wednesday the 11th are already peeking out of their cells.  One good thing about doing custom seeding is that we can experiment with varieties we may not buy for ourselves.  We always seed extra to make sure we have enough to fill the custom order, and many times we end up with an extra or two to grow out.

This weeks seeding list:

Super Sweet 100
New Girl
Pantano Romanesco
Costoluto Genovese
Grandma Mary’s
Principe Borghese
Japanese Black Trifele
Amish Paste Kapuler

Red Ruffled Pimiento
Numex Conquistador
Numex Joe E. Parker
Golden Treasure
Piment d’Espellete
Basque (same as Espellete…maybe)
Early Jalapeno
Jalapeno M

Genovese Basil
Thai Basil
Goldkrone dill

File this under oddity, or things that happen on old farms, I found a can of bean seed in the basement this weekend. I thought the coffee can was empty and when I picked it up I felt the heft.  I was getting all CSI with my free Harbor Freight flashlight, and lo and behold there are those Aztec bean seeds my mom had saved, and I was sure I had thrown away.  Those will be on the germination test list this next week.  We’ll see if thirty year old bean seed will germinate.


16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2015 6:26 pm

    Your rhubarb is just a tease and should be ashamed of herself.

  2. deb permalink
    March 15, 2015 6:37 pm

    Well, I will be most interested to see if those beans still have some life!
    we grew Numex Joe Parker last year… in an opposite environment to you, and they did surprisingly well. At altitude of 8200 feet, in a clearing in a ponderosa pine forest in crappy soil… its a miracle anything grew. But those chiles did ok. I am planting more this year for our New Hampshire garden. I think I saw a sprout or two in my windowsill flats already.

  3. Stumplifter (Andrea) permalink
    March 15, 2015 9:01 pm

    So excited with anticipation about the prospects for those bean seeds! Please do share the results of your mama’s old beans (sounds like a good name for a song).

  4. March 16, 2015 3:07 am

    Ahhhh, love these posts, as I look out on 1′ of snow remaining….. Do second starting of seeds tomorrow….

  5. Bee permalink
    March 16, 2015 4:30 am

    Hey, the original Anasazi bean seeds were around 1,500 years old and they germinated. What’s a measly 30 years?

    • March 16, 2015 4:38 am

      They may be okay, not the most ideal conditions, 50 degrees and 50% humidity, but not much fluctuation and always dark. Cool to see my mom’s handwriting, there was another type too in a jar, not so sure I want to plant those, they look a little like a kidney bean. Ryerson? Never heard of them, no doubt some heirloom someone gave her.

      • Bee permalink
        March 16, 2015 7:10 am

        I know what you mean; when my stepmother asked me to clean out all the old jars in her basement, there was stuff my mother had canned almost 40 years ago. What I thought was interesting was that about 75 percent still had intact seals. I’ve never heard of Ryerson, either. Shoot, you might have a long-lost variety someone’s been looking for, like Moon and Stars watermelon. I wonder who might know.

        • Stumplifter (Andrea) permalink
          March 16, 2015 9:26 pm

          Seed savers?

  6. March 16, 2015 11:20 am

    I’m glad you got some rain. Hope you can make the most of it.

  7. Elizabeth permalink
    March 18, 2015 2:48 pm

    So just a question: how much does a farmer charge for “custom seeding”?

    • March 18, 2015 3:47 pm

      This farmer charges $3.50 per 4″ pot or 6 pack. It’s pretty easy to seed and take care of a little extra over and above our own.

      • Elizabeth permalink
        March 19, 2015 4:43 pm

        “One good thing about doing custom seeding is that we can experiment with varieties we may not buy for ourselves. We always seed extra to make sure we have enough to fill the custom order, and many times we end up with an extra or two to grow out.”

        Then do the buyers ask for specific seeds/ plants or do you pick out interesting seeds and offer the plants to the buyers?

        • March 19, 2015 6:25 pm

          We sell extra of what we are growing to order and start seeds for others that supply the seeds of the varieties they want. We supply the pots, organic potting soil, and care to transplant time.

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