Snow geese have been passing overhead each day, huge flocks heading west.  Today, I saw my first robin on a tree branch outside the kitchen window.  Friends are tapping black walnut trees for their sap.  Spring draws closer yet!

I, for one, have been preparing my seed orders and dreaming and scheming about this year’s garden space (which technically doesn’t yet exist, but hey, a girl’s got to dream!)  The spring garden will be planted here at the house where we’ve been staying, and I’ll work on prepping some sheet mulched beds on the land for our summer crops.

While I already have a more than ample supply of seeds  – which, by the way, I keep in an under-the-bed style Rubbermaid container.  They are the perfect shape and size and mouse-proof too! – I cannot resist adding new varieties each year.  This year, I ecstatically flipped to the melon pages and ordered several varieties of melons.  Hurray for a hot summer climate!  My old standby seed company is High Mowing Seeds, which produces super high quality organic seeds.  This year I also placed a large order with a Missouri company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  I love their commitment to open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds.

Here’s my seed order, for your enjoyment (and my record-keeping!)

High Mowing Seeds

Kaitlin Cabbage

Goodman Cauliflower

Guardsman Chioggia Beet

Rose de Berne Tomato

Pruden’s Purple Tomato

California Wonder Pepper

Champion Collards

NuMex Joe E. Parker Pepper (Anaheim)

High Mowing Mesclun Mix

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Parisienne Carrot

Detroit Dark Red Beet

Golden Beet

Oeschenberg Amaranth

Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper

Illinois Beauty Tomato

Boule d’Or Melon

Piel de Sapo Melon

Charentais Melon

Golden Midget Watermelon

Red Kuri Squash

Long Island Cheese Squash

Chiriman Squash

Giant Red Re-Selection Celery

Perfection Drumhead Savoy Cabbage

Blue Curled Scotch Kale


Brocade Mix Marigold

Persian Carpet Zinnia

Bright Lights Cosmos

Unwin’s Mix Dahlia

Tina James’s Magic Primrose

I’d love to hear, in the comments below,
what are you planning for your garden this year? 

*this blog post shared on The Prairie Homestead’s Barn Hop

8 thoughts on “Preparing.

  1. I am DROOLING over your seed variety! You’re going to have some beautiful crops. Since I live in an apartment with only a tiny patio space, I’ve grown herbs for the past few years, usually several kinds of basil, lavender, oregano, thyme, chives, and mint. This year I’ll focus on basil, which is always a huge hit in my cooking, and plant flowers, which I’ve never done before : ) My mom is an amazing gardener; she always had huge gardens, until this year, because they recently moved to Missouri to be near us and are living in a rental. I look forward to the day when both she and I will have true gardens again! In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through your garden ; )

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