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Post  Windmere on 1/10/2015, 7:17 pm

Hi all.  I've looked around on the Forum and haven't found a thread where folks talk about what's new in the garden this year.  I know you are all studying those seed catalogs! 

I have a few seeds I'm excited about trying for the first time and I thought I'd list my most favorite:

Vegetables/Fruit:

-  Supersweet 100 Cherry Tomato - Botanical Interests (with my Sungold loving wife in mind)
-  Lizzano Cherry Tomato - Botanical Interests (compact for hanging baskets and containers)
-  Lettuce, Red Cash - David's Garden Seeds - Non GMO that is supposed to be more disease and heat resistant than Marvel of Four Seasons.  Also supposed to be a deeper red.
-  Lettuce, Ruby Glow Hybrid - Burpee (the color is beautiful, ruby red hearts with green exterior)
-  Cucumber, Fresh Pickles Hybrid - Burpee - (restricted vine good for containers with high yield and resistance to downy mildew)

Flowers:

-  Fireball Blend Zinnia - Botanical Interests - (warm reds and oranges)
-  Sunflower, Drop Dead Red - Botanical Interest (warm reds and oranges)
-  Echinacea, Warm Summer - Burpee (shades of orange, yellow, scarlet red, rose, purple and cream)

Yeah, I sort of have a "warm" thing going with this year's flowers.  However, to shake it up:
- Celebration in Pink Cosmos - Botanical Interests

Well, those are my nine favorite new (to me) varieties.  What are you planting that is new for you?


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Re: What varieties are you excited about trying this year?

Post  yolos on 1/10/2015, 8:32 pm

Onion transplants from Dixondale Farms (if I ever get around to ordering) - probably the granex.

Top Pick Pinkeye purple hull peas.  They are supposed to be bush size with the pods growing on the top of the plant and easy to pick, and I won't have to trellis them (hopefully).  I ordered 1 lb so if you need any, let me know.

Goliath tomato and one of those Mountain Merit or Magic tomatoes.

I haven't even started looking at the seed catalogs.  I have so many seeds left over from previous years that I just can't order anything else until I take an inventory.  But lettuce and spinach will be among my new varieties if I ever get my act together.

I am going to take all the flower seeds I have acquired over the year and toss them in my landscaped gardens and see what comes up.

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Post  has55 on 1/10/2015, 9:07 pm

I haven't decided except for the onion from Dixondale farm. I hope some of the D-FW people chime in to sure what they will be doing locally. I can use all the help I can get.Smile

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Post  mschaef on 1/10/2015, 9:45 pm

I'm trying to find lettuce that will grow for me. In pass years either my seeds didn't germinate or the little seedlings would just give up. My son requested some colorful peas, beans, and carrots. He also asked to grow popcorn and white pumpkins. I think it might be time for him to get his own boxes. He is only 7 and goes through the seed catalogs naming the seeds we need to order. Lol

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Post  yolos on 1/10/2015, 10:03 pm

Also, Bocking 14 Russian Comfrey.

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Post  kamigh on 1/11/2015, 12:02 am

I'm excited about starting my seeds in seed blocks this year - I hate wasting space when seeds don't germinate! Just got the mini and 2" block makers and some soil block mix in the mail yesterday and I'm itching to try them.
Because of the blocks, I'm starting more eggplants and peppers this year, because I've had issues with germination in the past (i only grow 1, maybe two of each variety due to space constraints and the fact that i love trying different things). Now I can start more seeds and just throw out the ones that don't grow.
Here's a partial list:
Peppers:
Tabasco
Paprika
Cubanelle
Jalapeño
Sweet red cherry
Italian pepperocini

Highlights of some Other stuff:
Rattlesnake beans (based on the rave reviews I've seen here)
General Lee cucumbers
Buttercrunch lettuce
Spaghetti squash
Matt's wild cherry tomato
Pruden's purple tomato

I get almost all my seeds from Pinetree Gardens. I grew some of the same varieties from different vendors last year (Pinetree vs Jung or Baker Creek) and there was no difference in my hands (same conditions in the garden).  I can't justify paying more from the other places.

I can't wait to get started!

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Post  has55 on 1/11/2015, 2:59 am

Kamigh, What is a seed blocks? any pictures? Have tried any of the "other stuff" seeds/plants before? I know spaghetti squash does well here.

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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2015, 3:31 am

@yolos wrote:I am going to take all the flower seeds I have acquired over the year and toss them in my landscaped gardens and see what comes up.
I love that!

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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2015, 3:47 am

New for 2015:

Seed from Audrey:  mini bells and Snow Fairy cold tolerant tomatoes

Baker: Heat tolerant tomatoes of Basrawya (Iraq), Abu Rawan (Iraq) and Atkinson

(Actually, any darn tomato that will grow since 2014 was a tomato bust)

Farmer's Market:  seeds saved from a red sweet pepper that looked like a Jimmy Nardino

Considering: Paprika pepper if I can find it

Praxxus:  banana peppers

Edit: Add sweet potatoes


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Post  has55 on 1/11/2015, 3:51 am

I like the idea of growing heat tolerated tomatoes from iraq, esp here in texas. I going to orders some. Thanks sanderson

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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2015, 4:24 am

Has, What about I send 8 seeds each to you? This way we can try them in different environments.

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Post  floyd1440 on 1/11/2015, 7:05 am

What variety of peppers dry well  to make red pepper flakes?

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/11/2015, 8:30 am

Sanderson, I saw a pepper in one of the catalogs I've received that talked about good paprika pepper.  I'll go back thru them again and find it.

(Poor me...  having to read them again.... Wink )

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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/11/2015, 11:13 am

I'm excited about planting p.m. resistant zucchini, Gunja. Also the PM resistant cucumbers I grew last year with great success called Marketmore, as well as some sweet cherry seeds from a friends tree.

But the most exciting things I'm doing is all about trying to get seeds from wintered over plants.
Blue Vates dwarf kale, Ripbor kale & Tuscano kale:


Pulled up, goat eaten, frozen stems with roots of Winterbor kale that I planted this past Thursday:

This is the best tasting kale I ever put in my mouth so I've got my fingers crossed on this one.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/11/2015, 1:10 pm

@sanderson wrote:New for 2015:
Considering: Paprika pepper if I can find it

Sanderson -

Baker Creek pg 85
  Leutschauer Paprika for spicy (#HHP129)
  Ostra-Cyklon for dark red Polish paprika (#HHP200)

Seed Savers Exchange pg 48
  Alma Paprika (#1212) for sweet
  Possibly Feher Ozon Paprika on pg 49 (#0236)

Let me know what you go with and how it does.



CC - "goat eaten"???  THAT sounds like an interesting story....

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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2015, 1:18 pm

Marie, I'm so sorry you had to go through the catalogs. Laughing Thank you for the finds.

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Post  slimbolen99 on 1/11/2015, 3:34 pm

I'm excited about some of those long "chinese" beans and trellising them up on a homemade, diy arch. That's about all I'm trying "new-to-me" this year.  I have a pretty good collection of seeds from last years' crop and I'm not much for change.

Oh, and I did get several new variety of seeds of Lavendar for the front 3' x 75' between the street and sidewalk.  I've got those started already in the basement -- but they're just about 1" tall as of right now.

Also managed to forage some various coneflower seeds from our land down south of KC.  I'm becoming more of a forager and not so much a consumer it seems, these days.

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Post  yolos on 1/11/2015, 4:04 pm

maybe some Egyptian Spinach/Saluyot/Molokhiya ?????

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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2015, 4:20 pm

Malabar or New Zealand spinach.  Forgot that one. And a small pickle cucumber like my husband ate when growing up in Missouri. They ate is raw as cucumbers. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Post  kamigh on 1/11/2015, 5:17 pm

Has55, soil blocks are a way to start seeds in compressed blocks. Here's a link to the block maker. I got mine in a kit on amazon, but this website has a ton of great videos that explain it well. 
http://www.pottingblocks.com/micro_20_soil_blocker/
I grew the Buttercrunch lettuce and spaghetti squash last year and had a lot of success, so I'm hoping to continue that success this year.
I'm also trying (again) an Iraqui eggplant (Aswad) from Baker Creek. I bought the seeds last year but didn't have good luck. I'm going give it another try since I have the blocks this year and will have more room to plant more seeds and hope for better germination.

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Post  yolos on 1/11/2015, 8:06 pm

@has55 wrote:Kamigh, What is a seed blocks? any pictures? Have tried any of the "other stuff" seeds/plants before? I know spaghetti squash does well here.

Here are a few threads on this forum about Soil Block makers. 

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t17347-soil-block-makers?highlight=soil+block

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t11223-soil-blocks-tutorial-in-photos?highlight=soil+block

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rejecting SVB

Post  Rolling Stone on 1/11/2015, 9:11 pm

We have a huge problem in our (community) gardens with the SVB destroying every squash and cucumber that has been started in the last two years, including all my zukes and cukes.
I have found the Poona Keera cucumber and the Tromboncini squash to have a solid stem which the SVB cannot penetrate.
So, I am really happy to be ordering these seeds for the coming season. And looking forward to harvest time.
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Post  has55 on 1/12/2015, 6:52 am

@Rolling Stone wrote:We have a huge problem in our (community) gardens with the SVB destroying every squash and cucumber that has been started in the last two years, including all my zukes and cukes.
I have found the Poona Keera cucumber and the Tromboncini squash to have a solid stem which the SVB cannot penetrate.
So, I am really happy to be ordering these seeds for the coming season. And looking forward to harvest time.
Karl

how does the cucumber taste? wow something the SVB can't go thru

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Post  Rolling Stone on 1/12/2015, 9:39 am

HAA55 -

Description from the online catalog:  "... have tasty, crisp, classic cucumber flavored flesh. Usable at any maturity stage. 55 days."

This cuke originated in India, has a fat shape and resembles a Russet potato (brown) when fully mature.

If it successfully resists the SVB, I do not care what it looks like. I just want to enjoy homegrown cucumbers again.

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Post  yolos on 1/12/2015, 10:32 am

Hmm - have never had SVB hit the cucumbers, only the pickleworm.

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