Memphis Backyard Farmer


Starting From Seed
February 10, 2011, 10:28 am
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Image from University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural ResourcesAs I mentioned in this post a few days ago, I’ve been testing seed to decide what we’ll be planting this year. I’ve also been ordering seed, and it arrived last week. I order from High Mowing Seeds, an organic seed producer in Vermont. Here’s a brief rundown of my order this year.

Summer Crop

  • Light Red Kidney Dry Beans
  • Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans
  • Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
  • Spaghetti Winter Squash
  • Amish Paste Tomato
  • Red Cored Chantenay (Carrots)
  • Brandywine Tomato
  • Anton Basil
  • Marketmore 76 Cucumbers
  • King Crimson Sweet Bell Pepper
  • Costata Romanesco Zucchini

Spring Greens

  • Corvair F1 Hybrid Spinach
  • Green Arrow Shell Pea
  • Primax Cabbage
  • Ripbor F1 Kale

All of the above are from High Mowing. I have a few seeds from various sources – hardware stores, gardening stores, gifts – that include various lettuce and mesclun mixes, broccoli, and turnip greens, along with various spices. I also saved quite a bit of pumpkin, tomato, beans, and squash seed from last year. But not sure how much I’ll use.

As much as possible, I like to use organic, open pollinated, heirloom varieties. I like the option of saving seeds without any surprise hybrid offspring, and organic seed tends to beĀ hardier than seed from plants that have been blasted with insecticides, fungicides, etc., etc.

So…what are you planting?

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memphisfarmer! saw you post on FPR and thought i would track you down. firstly, i am in charge of the memphis area’s FPR in the flesh, of which there is one member. so I strongly encourage you to join. haha. secondly, i would love to help out on your backyard farm so i could learn a thing or two from you and maybe start my own.

stephen wellerste@gmail.com

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