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Gardening slippers
This week the seed orders from last week arrived, as follows, with seed descriptions from the seller pasted below each item.

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Product #: 34-GOLDEN BEET (55 days heirloom)

I grow these most years.  They have flavor, unlike white sugar beets.

#34 GOLDEN BEET (55 days heirloom) - $1.75

HEIRLOOM 1828 The 3 inch, round, golden bulbs are renowned for their quite exceptional sweetness. The unique color dresses up many a dish and has the added advantage that it doesn't bleed as do the red varieties. 100 seeds.

Product #: 30-CYLINDRA BEET (58 days)

I can't wait to grow these.

#30 CYLINDRA BEET (58 days) - $1.50

HEIRLOOM 1880 These beets are shaped more like a fat carrot or a thin rutabaga than a traditional beet, 6 to 8 inches long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. The dark red roots taste great and are ideal for slicing, either fresh or for pickling. 300 seeds.

Product #: 85-GOLDEN SELF BLANCHING celery (105 days)

#85 GOLDEN SELF BLANCHING (105 days) - $1.25

HEIRLOOM - pre1885 This is the type that blanches to a yellowish gold by fall. Stalks are close to two feet tall. Flavor and texture are excellent, however this variety does require quite a long growing season. 100 seeds

Product #: W331-RUCOLA SELVATICA ARUGULA (50 days)

This variety apparently does better in warmer weather than the standard arugula does.  Perhaps I'll have a longer arugula season.

#W331 RUCOLA SELVATICA ARUGULA (50 days) - $1.35

A slower-maturing, spicier strain of arugula or roquette (Eruca sativa). Tender, dark green leaves are narrow, deeply cut, and have a more intense nutty and peppery flavor than other arugulas. Highly recommended for those who love the piquant mesclun mixes. Plants are short, under 8 inches, and slow to bolt, allowing a spring, summer, and fall harvest when planted successively. Another option is to use W257, the Arugula from our Italian section for your first picking and then this one for the rest of the summer. 400 seeds

Product #: 20301-PINETREE LETTUCE MIX - 1/2 OZ

What a find this was.  I can't wait to try it out.


Sow heavy seeded rows every 10-14 days for baby greens. We have been experimenting with various Mesclun Mixes from France and Italy and you will find these in the ethnic vegetable sections. We see a number of advantages to mixing greens: you get a variety of colors, textures, tastes and maturation times from the same planting. This mix has a uniquely American twist, however; they are all leaf lettuces and all sweet varieties. The mix will contain most of the loose-leaf varieties in the catalog and nearly a dozen others. This has become our best selling item and we continue to receive hundreds of compliments on it. 1/2 oz package. Approx. 10,000 sds.

Product #: 20302-WINTER LETTUCE MIX

#20302 WINTER LETTUCE MIX - $1.50

These varieties will extend the lettuce season into fall and winter. Plant after the heat of summer for an early fall crop or after Labor Day in southern areas. You can also plant these in a cold frame in the north. Don't plant too early or they will bolt. This mix includes: Green Ice, Freckles, Red Deer's Tongue, and Buttercrunch lettuces. 500 seeds.

Product #: W650-JERICHO LETTUCE (60 days)
I might succeed in growing lettuce past June with this variety.

#W650 JERICHO LETTUCE (60 days) - $1.75

This lettuce is already popular in the hot, dry areas of the US. It was bred to grow in the deserts of Israel. Jericho is very bolt resistant and remains crisp and sweet in the hottest of weather. This cos type provides a large, dense head. 100 seeds



Delectable super sweetened string-less pods produce tremendous yields on the 5 foot vines. This later maturing variety stays yummy even when harvesting 5 inch pods at the end of the pea season. Pick young or pick mature the sweetness will endure. 50 seeds.

Product #: W482-MINOWASE RADISH (55 days heirloom)
Why did I choose a hot variety of Japanese radish?  Oh well, it should still be good in soup.

#W482 MINOWASE RADISH (55 days heirloom) - $1.25

HEIRLOOM A milder daikon which tolerates heat quite well, it is intended for late-spring sowing to grow and harvest through the summer. Eight to twelve inch roots can be 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, with nice white flesh. Tends to grow up out of the ground 2 to 3 inches as it matures, developing green shoulders. A popular Japanese variety, it is crisp, juicy, and hot. Great for pickling, cooking, or eating raw. 150 seeds.

Product #: 309-GLASKINS PERPETUAL Rhubarb**SOLD OUT**

Darn.  I'll have to try again next year, or find it elsewhere.

British HEIRLOOM This variety provides a fine flavored early crop with cutting possible the first year after sowing. The bright red stems are somewhat slender and, of course, will provide decades of cutting. 25 seeds.

Product #: 82910-SEEDLING PEA

These will be good added to the top of hot bowls or mugs of homemade Thai soup.

#82910 SEEDLING PEA - $1.95

Many restaurants have begun using these tasty pea leaves in salads and they are very easy to grow. Plant one or tow dozen seeds fairly closely together in a good sized container using regular potting soil. In about a month you can begin cutting the succulent leaves, 10 days later you will begin getting a few with blossoms, and 20 days after that some of the cuttings will include small snow pea pods. This is a branching variety so you can continue cutting over a long period. 1 oz 150 seeds



This fast growing Japanese type spinach produces a glorious array of dark green leaves that can be used from their "baby" stage right up until they are fully grown. A versatile green. 125 seeds.


Product #: 34501-BENNINGS GREEN TINT (heirloom)

#34501 BENNINGS GREEN TINT (heirloom) - $1.25

HEIRLOOM 1914 A scalloped squash developed by Charles N. Farr. The squash are creamy in color but with a distinctive green tint. Squash are scallop shaped and this is a very heavy yielder. The pale green flesh is delicious, especially when picked small. 20 seeds

Product #: 94-BRIGHT LIGHTS CHARD (50 days)
#94 BRIGHT LIGHTS CHARD (50 days) - $1.75

A 1998 All-America Award Winner. Bright Lights is almost neon in appearance and was the talk of our trial gardens. The leaves are green, moderately savoyed with veins of vibrant color, red, orange, or yellow running through them. The contrast is outstanding. Use young raw leaves in a salad (30 days) or briefly cook mature leaves (50 days) to maintain their color. If started indoors 5 to 6 weeks before setting out they can be planted by color for effect in an ornamental edible garden. Developed by Johnny's Selected Seeds. 75 seeds

From Nichols Garden Nursery:

Broad Windsor Bean Fava Bean (heirloom)
The photo shows the seeds to be almost as long as a quarter is wide.

In Western Oregon or warmer areas, plant in December for covercrop and spring harvest.

Vicia faba. Open pollinated. 85 days. Heirloom

Bush. Frost resistant. This large lima shaped fava is the only old world bean. Plant in fall for early spring crop or very early spring for June harvest. A sprig of summer savory is the traditional seasoning. (Some people have a rare genetic allergy). Brown seeds.

Jade Cross Brussels Sprouts (hybrid)

This is the variety that I find sends up secondary stalks the second year from sprouts low on the plant that never headed up.  I'm not sure if the other varieties I grow do this.

Hybrid. 80 days.

Earlier and more productive because of its hybrid vigor. Adaptable to wide range of climate and soils. Firm, tightly packed sprouts are a rich blue green. All American winner in 1959.

Brussels Sprouts Jade Cross Brussels Sprouts
BRUSSELS SPROUTS - Brassica oleracea. Gemmifera group. An excellent but frequently overlooked cool weather crop. Quality holds long after the more tender vegetables are gone.

Prepare soil early in the spring, adding a complete fertilizer high in phosphorus and potassium or  incorporate rich compost into planting area. Brussels Sprouts is a heavy feeder; grows best in cool weather. Needs full sun but will do well in extreme heat. Transplant when plsnts are 3" to 6" tall, spacing 2' apart in the row. Transplant after last frost in your area. Set seedlings up to 3" deeper than they were in the pot. Water moderately, keeping soil evenly moist. NOTE: Do not plant where other brassicas grew the previous two years. Approximately 6250 seeds per ounce, 200-220 seeds per gram.

Black Enorma Eggplant (hybrid)

I never manage to grow enough eggplants.  Perhaps I'll be able to with this productive variety on its extra-tall plants.

Extra Large Eggplant for stuffing

Hybrid. 75 days. Black Enorma Eggplant

30” tall plants bear a huge load of 1-1.5 lb glossy, jet-black eggplants. We’ve had many requests for a productive, large stuffer and this apparent cross between an Italian style and Asian type fills that niche. We recommend supporting plants with a small conical tomato trellis. Harvest regularly.

Lincoln Leek (open pollinated)

Versatile Large Leek

Open pollinated. 80 days.

This magnificent leek easily attains a diameter of 2.5" or more. Fast growing with a mild, rich flavor. Grow these tall, vigorous leeks for summer through fall harvest. Pull baby leeks in 50 days, thinning, so as to make room for the huge fully grown stems. Poach leeks in red wine for a savory side dish. Baby leeks are great when grilled.

Flashy Butter Oak Lettuce (organic, open pollinated)

I always seem to be ordering this one as it is my favorite lettuce; perhaps I should try to do a better job of harvesting seed from those that I let go to seed.  Usually I let the seeds drop, and then I get surprise volunteer lettuces.

Open pollinated 50 days.

Frank Morton bred this very showy red splashed, tender, mild flavored lettuce. Crisp buttery texture. Attractive on it's own or tossed in with other varieties and greens.

Oregon Giant Sugar Pod Pea OSU 706 (open pollinated)

I grow these all winter and spring, so ordered a large quantity of seed.  The pods are huge and sweet.  I have never gotten around to saving seed from them.  Maybe this time I will.

Open pollinated. 70 days.

Large wide pods (5 1/2" X 1") are sweet and succulent. Oregon Giant Peas semi-wrinkled seed lacks the bitterness associated with some edible podded varieties so you can safely pick these a little plumper and more mature. Resistant to pea enation mosaic virus, powdery mildew, and fusarium (race 1). Recommended for the full season. Last sowing in Western Oregon is August 1. 70 days. Bush vines grow to 30". Developed by Dr. James Baggett at Oregon State University

Conservor Shallot (seeds for a French shallot)

Oh goodness, what is our latitude here.  Is it suitable for this region?  I hope so.  The seeds may be hybrid, but once bulbs form I doubt the bulbs will fail to multiply in a manner true to their parent bulbs. Allium cepa var. aggregatum

Allium cepa var. aggregatum. Hybrid.  110 days.

French shallot type; pinkish-brown tapered bulb with light pink interior. Single, 2.5" long; no doubles. Excellent keeper. Suitable for latitudes 35 degrees to 65 degrees.

Bon Bon Winter Squash

Hopefully these will have thicker skin than the bug-eaten turban squash I grew this year.

Kabocha type All America Selection Cucurbita maxima

Cucurbita maxima Hybrid. 80 days.

All America Selection 2005 Drum-shaped dark green winter squashes are a convenient 2-4 pounds. Bright orange flesh is smooth, with a rich sweet flavor. It received the AAS award because it has a healthy semi-bush vine, early maturity for short season areas and great taste.

Oregon Homestead Sweet Meat   Winter Squash

A superb Sweet Meat line, recently reselected by Carol Deppe author of The Resilent Gardener: Food Production and Self Reliance in Uncertain Times. Oregon Homestead Squash has outstanding vigor, flavor and storage. A Nichols introduction.

Cucurbita maxima. Open pollinated, heirloom 100 days.
Organic. The Oregon Homestead line of Sweet Meat squash is one to growCarol Deppe Homestead Squash for a serious home food supply. Unsurpassed flavor, thick, very dry flesh and huge delicious seeds. Fruits weigh 12 to 24 pounds and store 6 months or more.  Large vines set 3-4 fruits per plant. This Oregon original germinates in cold mud and grows in cool weather. Cooked flesh freezes well. This 2011 seed crop was personally grown by Carol Deppe who has selected for traits described in the earliest seed catalogs. Exceptionally large seeds are weighing out at 60 seeds per oz.

Sunshine Hybrid Winter Squash

These sound fantastic.

Vibrant orange-red Kabocha type Squash Winter Sunshine

Cucurbita maxima Hybrid. 80-95 days.

All America Selection 2004 Vibrant orange-red color, sweet, nutty, creamy, absolutely smooth flesh is why this selection received the prestigious All-America award for 2004. Short 6-8 foot vines are productive of 3 to 4 pound kabocha type fruits. The sweet, richly flavored flesh is impeccably refined.

Legume Inoculant Powder

Natures Aid Inoculant Powdere, used on peas, beans and also flowering sweet peas.

Inoculates legume seeds (peas, beans, limas) to develop the root nodules which carry the bacteria that gather free nitrogen from the air. This is converted into nutrients assimilated by the plant. The best non-chemical way of adding nitrogen to the soil. Use to treat legumes before the seed is planted Powdered Inoculant(will treat 8 lbs. of seed)


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 23rd, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia says we're at 32 degrees latitude, so you may have some slight difficulty with those shallots.

It looks like you will have a wonderful garden. :-)
Nov. 23rd, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Cylindra beets are really great! Good luck with them, and everything else.
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