Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cabin Fever Cure #1

Another snowy day in Columbus… boo hoo! Just more time to sit around and ponder my garden!! I have a lot of ideas for my garden this year. Let me explain how it all went down…

A couple months ago, I developed a bad case of cabin fever! What was I to do? Get online and order some seed catalogs of course! A couple years ago, I got some things from Baker Creek that did well, so that was the first website I went to. I love sitting down with their catalog and dreaming of the jungle I want my yard to be. I also ordered a catalog from Seed Savers Exchange. Love that catalog too! I actually ordered some things from them this year, but I’m getting ahead of myself…

While I was googling SSE, I came across some other websites and just kept digging and digging and viola! I found the world of seed swapping!! Needless to say, I am addicted!! I had to do something while I waited for my catalogs.

The first website I joined was Garden Web. I absolutely LOVE this site. I discovered all this just over 3 weeks ago and I have completed over 25 trades so far and have met some very nice traders online. I have also used these websites to make trades – Almanac.com, Blossomswap.com, and joined a round robin trade here Plantswap.net. Everyone has been so nice to me at these sites, especially on Gardenweb – there are many posts offering free seeds for self addressed stamped bubble envelopes (sasbe’s). One generous trader even found my “wants” list and just sent me 24 seed packets out of the blue… I even offered to mail back stamps to cover postage, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

Here are a few of the things I have received and plan on trying in the garden this year: many types of heirloom tomatoes, a few eggplants, many, many beans – both pole and bush types, some corn, pumpkins and squash, and some mesclun and lettuce. I will post more in a day or two about what specific seeds I got and plan on planting. I have never grown any of these things, so I will be researching a lot in the near future! Spring is right around the corner!!

Oh yeah, if anyone out there has any suggestions on how to start seeds for any of the above, or sites I should visit to learn more, I am more than open!!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Blog with great information. Thanks and I look forward to reading more.

jennifer said...

vince says that you "better follow though on this shit" because he wants eggplant this summer. :) we like your blog. hopefully one of you can keep a blog going longer than 2 months. (yeah, you read that right. tell that to darnell). -jen

Doug said...

Jen and Vince - I will follow through with the garden (and blog) if Vince promises to cook us all dinner with the stuff from my garden!! :)

Anonymous said...

You are embarking on a fun adventure! I lived in the Glen in Yellow Springs years ago & had a great garden- there was asparagus already started ( all I had to do was harvest & consume!) but the best memory I have is green peas, bringing a colander to the garden, tenderly taking the little peas out of their protective pod & then steaming for literally seconds before eating them. It was sublime! I silently cursed the cafeteria cooks who gave us servings of canned peas in school.....

Auntie Deb said...

Judging from that list- you will have lots of butterfies in your garden!

I have never had success with joe pye weed- let us know how it grows.

Check out French Marigolds....

Doug said...

Debbie - If i can the joe pye weed going, i will dig some up and bring you guys some... I also have some trumpet vine i'm going to try out. I think you guys have that too, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Great blog for a first timer. This is my first time also. I think its great that your finally going to plant your own veggies. It is not only fun, but also gratifing.You should remember how to do lettuce, you helped me plant it years ago,and fed it to your bunny rabbit.For the longest time I thought I was doing something wrong.Can't wait to come and help if you need it