Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bounty of Seeds!

Last weekend was my birthday and my lovely wife surprised me by taking me up to Northern California. We love the Redwoods and have been dying to go back. We had my birthday dinner at the Samoa Cookhouse right outside of Eureka, CA. The best dinner birthday dinner ever and the split pea soup is phenomenal there.

On the drive up, I realized that we would be going near Petaluma, CA. Home of American Graffiti fame but also home to the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company! We were both excited for completely different reasons. The store is closed on Saturdays and we told ourselves that we would have to make a pit stop on the way back, on Sunday. We needed to be back in Oakland, to catch the flight home, in the very early afternoon. We left our hotel in Arcata, CA around 6am or so.

When we got to Petaluma, I took off for the store and she walked around town. I spent over an hour in the store, alone. I put some seeds back but still managed to end up with a $60 tab.

I am now going to share with you what those $60 amounted to:

Tomatoes:
Old Yellow Candy Stripe
Plum Lemon
Purple Russian
Tomatillo: Purple Coban
Topaz or Huan U
Violet Jasper
Chocolate Purple

Eggplants:
Red China
Round Mauve
Thai Yellow Egg

Peppers:

Chocolate Habanero
Patio Red Marconi
Red Mini Bell


Beans:
Bush: Royalty Purple Pod
Fava: Extra Precoce A Grano Violetto
Kabouli Black Garbanzo


Brassicas:
Kale: Dwarf Siberian
Lettuce: Mignotte Bronze

Other:
Swiss Chard: Rainbow or Five Color Silverbeet
Beet: Early Wonder
Carrot: Shin Koroda 5"
Cucumber: Lemon

That's what $60 in seeds look like and I plan on trying to grow them all at some point or another. I will try to save as many seeds as possible. I don't know what I would do with all of them but we'll see. I won't have to worry about it for a while since most of these are for Spring 2013.

Until next time,

Luis