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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snow's coming in

Our first dusting of the year

[risa] We have placed our first seed order of the year, with Fedco for a change (our usual supplier having been swallowed up by Monsanto). Seed from Maine may present a few problems as we are in the Pacific Northwest, but its worth a try until we know better where we can safely order locally. We have quite a lot left over from last year, especially corn, beans, runner beans, and peas, but we're also (we hope) getting in packets of:

Boothbys Blonde Slicing Cucumber
Black Zucchini
Golden Zucchini
Burpees Butterbush Winter Squash
Connecticut Field Pumpkin
Scarlet Nantes Carrot
Shin Kuroda
Golden Detroit Beet
Cherry Belle Radish
Bordeaux Spinach
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Hyper Red Rumple Waved Lettuce
Gator Perpetual Spinach or Leaf Beet
Graffiti Cauliflower
Pingtung Long Eggplant
Diamond Eggplant
Early Jalape Hot Pepper
Revolution Sweet Pepper
Rutgers Tomato
Yellow Brandywine Tomato
Aunt Rubys German Green Tomato
Amish Paste Tomato
Sun Gold Cherry Tomato
Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower
Andover Parsnip
Purple Top White Globe Turnip
Early White Vienna Kohlrabi

Fruit trees, bush fruits, and potatoes we will seek out locally. We've got lots of potatoes, but they are going to sprout too early, methinketh.

It snowed about two inches here last night. Much more in some parts of Eugene; and the roads aren't improving. We expect maybe 16 degrees F tonight; I'm running a lightbulb in the pumphouse and another in the chicken shed. Everyone be careful out there!


  1. I got pictures from YoungSon this am. Apparently, he has about 3 inches! Hurray for you guys! :) We only have about 4, and I have family in Pendleton and they have 8!!!

    Be safe and stay warm.

  2. Have you considered buying seed from Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany?


    They have *many* OP and heirloom varieties and I've had great results for several years.

  3. I keep hearing that Nichol's has either been bought by Monsanto or, like Territorial, offers a lot of Seminis seeds, which means Monsanto. Hence my hesitation to continue ordering from them.

    Have you got better information? I, for one, really miss Territorial -- they're right down the road.

    I'm a member of Seed Savers, but their catalog is running late.

    risa b

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  5. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Yesterday it was 60F. Here, in New England, in the middle of December! today it's 20 F lower, and we're expecting snow any time. The sky is teetering on that edge: very beautiful and foreboding.

    I should be buying seeds too, but it is my first time and it's quite daunting. I'm nervous about waiting, though, as I heard some seed companies have already sold out on many seeds.

    Would you say that list, those and that many seeds would get a family of 2 adults and one toddler through the year?

  6. Oh, my, I wouldn't depend on me. We tend to plant what we like, and while we don't buy a wide variety of groceries, we're not 100% independent.

    It helps, too, that we have a large (for 2 people) flack of chickens, ducks and geese, and a number of fruit trees. We've had sheep, goats and a steer in days gone by but that was on a bigger place.

    I recommend Carla Emery as the best reading if you're recently getting started.


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