Before I get too enthusiastic about the sexy things spread out before me in the seed catalogs, it is time to take stock of the year past. Here is my seed order from Baker Creek last February:
Broccoli "Early Purple Sprouting"
Cucumber "Solly Beiler"
Kale "Blue Curled Scotch"
Leek "Giant Musselburgh"
Winter Squash "Red Kuri"
Cosmos "Sensation Mix"
Dahlia "Unwing Mix"
Nicotania "Fragrant Delight"
Yarrow "Parkers Variety"
Sunflower "Tarahumara White Seeded"
And how did they do? Not well. Of the above, I actually ate (or admired, in the case of the flowers):
- Cucumbers (but not very many)
- Ground cherry. Ate one and pulled the three big plants out. Yuck.
- Leeks. Just ate them. They made one leek tart.
- Peas. Hooray for peas!
- Cosmos. They hung around forever, not blooming, but finally got on it in August.
- Dahlias. Pretty!
- Nasturtium. Eh. They bloomed some, but didn't knock me out.
The sprouting broccoli never sprouted. The huckleberries never took off. I have no recollection of the kale. Maybe I never planted it? The Red Kuri was gorgeous, until it was murdered by bugs before any harvest. The wormwood was to slow, and I too impatient. Nicotania, yarrow, and sunflowers didn't come up when direct seeded.
I resolve to focus my food growing on things that I can eat when the CSA is not feeding me. And maybe I should just buy seedlings from Behnkes when it comes to the flowers. But oh, those seed catalogs!