Seed Order Finished

We’ve been picking away at the seed order since Christmas, and finally finished it tonight. There’s no doubt we’ll still end up scrambling for something we forgot, but that’s the real world.

The first order was to Miller Nurseries

Qty SKU Item Name Price Subtotal

2 GV301 Valentine Rhubarb1 $7.15 $14.30
1 ON3011 Lancelot Leeks1 $12.95 $12.95
2 ON1111 Copra1 $31.45 $31.45
2 ON1101 Mars1 $0.00 $0.00

That’s one more bundle of onion plants than we bought last year, but probably still not enough. Lisa brought up the last leeks today, so we’ll probably be out by March 1. We also didn’t realize that we had both leeks and onions until September. Between the two, I’m already thinking I should get another bundle. I’m heroically resisting. Last year we also bought sweet potato slips from Miller’s. I was not impressed with them, so this year we’re getting them from Jung.

We ordered three items we couldn’t find anywhere else from Hirt’s Gardens on Amazon. Hirt’s Gardens actually seems to be a mashup: two of the items are actually coming from Forestmaker. We’re getting hosed on the shipping, but when you order one pack of seeds, it just sucks.

Chires Baby Corn
Sweet Baby Broccoli
Purple Passion Spinach

The baby corn is for stir fry. The “Baby Broccoli” would be broccolini elsewhere in the world, but some California grower has trademarked the name here in the US even though it has no rights to the actual genetics. It’s also sold as ‘heirloom broccoli’ although it’s apparently a 20th century hybrid of broccoli and an Asian relative, kai-lan. The spinach is for Fisher-Price gardening.

We couldn’t find our Tomatofest catalog, so we just copied the 2008 order:

Items Ordered: Price: Status:
# 1 of : Alicante – Heirloom Tomato Seeds
$2.95 Processing
# 1 of : Black Crimson Heirloom Tomato
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Blondkopfchen-Heirloom Tomato Seeds
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Bulgarian Triumph
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Debarao-Tomato Seeds
$2.00 Processing
# 1 of : Earliana
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Gold Dust
$2.95 Processing
# 1 of : Japanese Black Trifele-Tomato Seeds
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Long Keeper-Tomato Seeds
$2.95 Processing
# 1 of : Paul Robeson
$3.95 Processing
# 1 of : Peche Jaune
$2.95 Processing
# 1 of : Slava-Tomato Seeds
$2.00 Processing

We never actually planted the bell pepper seeds we ordered from Johnny’s last year, so we’ll be planting them this year. Same goes for the 8000 seed minimum order of Hatch chilies from last year.

We ordered these from The Maine Potato Lady

ORDER DETAILS UNIT PRICE TOTAL
======================================================================
QTY 1
SKU 345RT
PRODUCT Red Thumb, organic – 3 Pound
PRICE $11.75 $11.75

QTY 1
SKU 466MR
PRODUCT Mountain Rose, oganic- 5 Pound
PRICE $10.50 $10.50

QTY 1
SKU 524ABC
PRODUCT All Blue, conventional – 20 Pound
PRICE $14.75 $14.75

We’re also planning to pick up 50 pounds of Green Mountain potatoes at the Keene Agway. Local Harvest pinged us about a shortage of root crops, and Green Mountain is on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. (Honestly, the Ark of Taste for veggie cultivars is a rubber duckie not an ark. There are thousands of flavor variations adapted to hundreds of microclimates.)

Tonight we ordered from R.H. Shumway

SKU Product Size Quantity Product Total
01750A Large Smooth Prague Celeriac Packet 1 $1.75
02413A Cumin Packet 1 $1.85
02437A Rue Packet 1 $1.85
06104a Antique Sunflower Mix packet 6 $11.10
06857a French Harlequin Marigold packet 2 $5.50
09050A Pyrethrum Packet 1 $1.85
12272 Madaline Hill Rosemary plants 3 $15.95

This started because Jung doesn’t carry celeriac, which Lisa wants to try. Shumway seems to be a bit cheaper than Jung, although they apparently have common ownership. I piled on the rest of the seeds largely to see if the quality is comparable, in which case we’ll move our primary order to Shumway next year. The last item is three plants of a Rosemary cultivar that they claim is good to -15F (-26C). We haven’t hit -20 F (-29C) since January of 2000, so I’m betting 15 bucks on global warming.

This is the big order to Jung

02129A Marketmore 76 Cucumber 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
01675A Nantes Or Coreless Carrot 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
03290A Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin 1 @ $2.45 $2.45
03028A Early Jalapeno Pepper 1 @ $1.95 $1.95
03580A Spineless Beauty Hybrid Squash 1 @ $2.45 $2.45
02409A Delfino Cilantro 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
01120N Golden Rod Bush Bean 1 @ $6.95 $6.95
03425A Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach 1 @ $1.55 $1.55
02648A Little Sweetie Hybrid Muskmelon 1 @ $3.25 $3.25
52880 Vinyl Stretch Tie 1/2 Wide X 150 Ft Roll 1 @ $2.95
$2.95
02515a Buttercrunch Lettuce 1 @ $1.55 $1.55
00870A Toma Verde Tomatillos 1 @ $1.50 $1.50
02569a Baby Leaf Zesty Mesclun Mix 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
01020N Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean 1 @ $4.95 $4.95
01697A Yellowstone Hybrid Carrot 1 @ $2.25 $2.25
03521A Celestial Scallop Mix Hyb Summer Squash 1 @ $2.25
$2.25
01625A Cosmic Purple Hybrid Carrot 1 @ $1.50 $1.50
03673A Table King Bush Acorn Squash 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
02415A Florence Fennel 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
02712a Cajun Delight Hybrid Okra 1 @ $2.35 $2.35
03345A Easter Egg I I Blend Radish 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
04742X Jungs Sweet Potato Sampler 1 @ $21.95 $21.95
02920A Extra Early Little Marvel Pea 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
04587 Victoria Rhubarb 3 @ $4.98 $14.95
03550A Horn Of Plenty Hybrid Squash 1 @ $1.95 $1.95
01614A Atomic Red Carrot 1 @ $2.45 $2.45
02260A Long Island Mammoth Dill 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
02385A Catnip 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
02830A Moss Curled Parsley 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
01768A Autumn Explosion Hybrid Indian Corn 1 @ $2.45 $2.45
01590A Stonehead Hybrid Cabbage 1 @ $2.25 $2.25
02430A Italian Oregano 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
52886 Natural Jute Twine 1 @ $4.95 $4.95
02802A Joi Choi Hybrid Pak Choi 1 @ $2.25 $2.25
02847A Hollow Crown Parsnip 1 @ $1.65 $1.65
01755A Golden Self-Blanching Celery 1 @ $1.95 $1.95
02220A Bush Pickle Cucumber 1 @ $1.95 $1.95
01829N Trinity Hybrid Sweet Corn 1 @ $8.95 $8.95
02440A Broadleaf Sage 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
04105A Sugar Baby Watermelon 1 @ $1.95 $1.95
02460A Winter Thyme 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
02357A Pistou Basil 1 @ $1.75 $1.75
01070N Royal Burgundy Bush Bean 1 @ $5.45 $5.45

Last year we got calls from local nurseries hoping we had extra plants to sell. Neither the job market nor the quality of produce from away is any better this year. We are a licensed nursery, so we’ll be starting all the seeds we have. (Well, maybe not all the chilis) If they make it, somebody will buy them.

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