December 24th, 2007 at 12:55 pm
Posted By: gardenguru
Posted in: Growing Vegetables,Herbs

If you’re lucky someone will give you seeds that they saved from heirloom tomatoes, candyroasters, or other special plants. But for all the rest now is the time to start ordering seeds to start indoors, and early planting outside.

When the spring plants start arriving in the home improvement stores and discount stores most of them are grown by Park Seed Company. So I order my seeds from them too.

Park Seed Company
It’s always fun to try new vegetables, herbs and flowers. Here are a few of many that interest me:

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Balmoral Hybrid_________Magda Hybrid_________Cornell’s Bush Delicata

Balmoral Hybrid would be a good squash for my friends who garden in containers on their deck. Since squash usually sprawls all over, it seems a good choice for anyone with limited space.

Very interesting! Since it produces earlier than most, and may taste even better, Magda Hybrid is on my list.

What a pretty winter squash. Cornell’s Bush looks ornamental as well as sounds tasty. This year I plan to find out.

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Basal Minimum_____________________Lemon Grass

Often my basil has to be propped up, so the Basal Minimum will be a good trial for this year.

My favorite salad dressing has lemon grass in it, but I’ve never tried to grow it. Add this one.


Summer Glory Blend

A variety of lettuces grown in the same place is ornamental as well as delicious. And if Summer Glory Blend will last two months longer, that’s a wonderful bonus.

parks-cuke.jpgThese would be perfect for a cruncy snack.
Baby Cucumber Cucino




From year to year I keep my seeds in the freezer. They are organized in a wooden Clementine crate. Each type (squash, tomato, herbs, greens, etc.) is stored in a labeled plastic bag. It has helped me find them easily when planting time comes. They last for many years this way. Some even seem to germinate better after a year in the freezer.

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  1. I hate those little bugs. Just when etrvyehing is looking great-zap, those pesky bugs crop up. Here is the best info I have seen on it.Use high pressure when applying liquid insecticides to ensure penetration of the dense plant foliage and thorough coverage to the nymphs which often are on the undersides of leaves. Using a duster will also work. Subsequent treatments are usually required due to the continual presence of egglaying squash bugs. Carbaryl (Sevin) and permethrin (Hi-Yield Garden, Pet Livestock Dust, Ortho Bug-B-Gon Multi-Purpose Garden Dust, Green Thumb Multipurpose Garden and Pet Dust)It is especially critical to reduce the overwintering population of squash bugs by working the soil and/or removing foliage and fruit immediately after harvest. This deprives nymphs of the necessary food source to complete their development. Also, recently formed adults are denied a food source with which to build up the sufficient amounts of body food reserves required to see them through winter.Best of luck,Julia

    Comment by Gleice — January 2, 2014 @ 3:42 am

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