Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Raindrops, Radishes and Riesentraube?

♫Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothin' seems to fit
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'.♫

♪So I just did me some talkin' to the sun
And I said I didn't like the way he got things done
Sleepin' on the job
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'.♫

♪But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me♪

♫Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me.♪

~B.J. Thomas~

While I can't promise my eyes won't be turnin' red, I'm certainly not going to sit around and just wait for the sun to shine again. I live in the Pacific Northwest, therefore, it could be a very long wait.

And there's bound to be a few tears.

So, in honor of the spring that will eventually arrive, the dirt that will very quickly find a home back under my toenails, and the farmer's tan that I will be sporting sometime this year, I am planning my summer garden. Not just planning, today I actually ordered the seeds that will become food for my family. 

What's going in the garden you ask? 

Old Homestead Kentucky Wonder pole beans, Blue Lake Bush beans, and various dried varieties of beans.

Sweet Dumpling Squash, Butternut, Marina di Chioggia, Zucchini, and Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Purple Top Turnips, Blue Curled Scotch Kale, Bull's Blood Beets, Glory of Enkhuizen Cabbage, Pandora Striped Rose Eggplant, and Kohlrabi that my children can "sneak" into. 

Chocolate Striped, Cherokee Purple, Black Cherry, Riesentraube (an old cherry tomato), Striped Roman, and Red Zebra Tomatoes

Because I waited a little too long, I did not get the Green Zebra tomatoes that we so love. These will have to wait until April, when the farmer's market reopens for the season. Happily, I will be able to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor.

We're also planting Swiss chard, spinach, many types of lettuces, leeks, green bunching onions, radishes, carrots, red and yellow potatoes,  and many different herbs.

It's not all work and no play though. I also ordered 3 different types of sunflowers, zinnias, amaranth, and lots of sweet peas!

Guess it's time to start cleaning out the greenhouse!

Thank you Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for making my wet winter a happier season.

Are you still in the planning stages, or have you advanced to the starting of the seeds? And more importantly, am I the only one eager for some springtime sunshine?


Anonymous said...

I'm SOOOOOO jealous! It sounds like a magnificent collection of God's bounty for you and your family! I keep vacillating on whether or not it really is illegal to take ag products outside of the US. Sadly, I realize it IS, every time! Best wishes on a beautiful, yummy garden. I'm sure it will feel like Christmas when all your seeds come.


Kym-Anne said...

I must agree with Molly it will seem like Christmas when your seeds arrive & I'm also jealous!

I had a little veggie garden growing in boxes as we have a small courtyard, unfortately the cat decided to dig it all up. I had to choose the cat or the veg!!!!