- Lettuce - a blend of 20 kinds
- Bush Snap Bean - "Provider"
- Bush Snap Bean - an unusual kind called "Tanya's pink pod."
- Beans - "Golden Rocky" - golden when fresh, black bean when dried for winter use
- Greens - 'Burnet Saxifraga' - a perennial green that attracts beneficial insects.
- Greens - 'Bietina' - a rare type of Swiss chard that is cold hardy
- Greens - Salad Burnet - another perennial salad green the leaves of which can also be dried for tea.
- Peas - 'Cascadia'
- Chinese Rhubarb - stems good raw or cooked, leaves are insect repellent and its fiber is good for home made paper.
- Cucumbers - 'Senger Farm'
- French Sorrell - another perennial salad green with a lemony flavor.
- Plain Leaf Chervil - cold hardy
- Parsley - 'giante d'Italia' - cold tolerant and can re-seed itself.
- St. John's Wort - "antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiviral properties. Good bee and border plant."
- Echinacea (the purple kind) - boosts immune system
- Calamint - "aromatic tea herb...a cross between mint and marjoram"
- Milk Thistle - beneficial for the liver
- Evening Primrose - "Alleviates PMS. Roots can be eaten as a vegetable, shoots as a salad."
- Wild Thyme - drought tolerant; I'm going to use this in the rock path leading to the garden.
- Lemon Bergamot
- Calendula Mix - used in skin lotions, petals are edible
- Codonopsis - "Hardy, shade-loving vine. Roots have a similar effect to Ginseng."
- Coltsfoot - "used for bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma."
- Chinese Motherwort - attracts bees, used to reduce high blood pressure.
- Baikal Skullcap - "prized Chinese medicinal for fevers, colds, high blood pressure, headaches, hepatitis and shingles."
I just recently rounded out my vegetable seed supply with an order from Bowseed, after going through the seeds I already have to make sure I don't double up on things I don't need. I've been ordering in larger quantities as well, due to the potential seed shortages I've been hearing about. Plus, it is a lot less expensive to buy seed in larger packages. Here's what I ordered from Bowseed:
Beans - Tendergreen - (these are the ones that produced so well for me last year)
Carrots - Chantenay Red Core - (these have also worked well for me in my soil conditions.)
Endive - Green Curled Ruffec - (our guinea pigs love this stuff!)
Kale, Siberian - (also a favorite of the pigs, and of the people.)
Lettuce - Grand Rapids - (a leaf lettuce that is an early producer, according to the catalog)
Peas - Oregon Sugar - (a sweet and early pea with an edible pod)
Pumpkins - Small Sugar - (the kind you can use for pie)
Spinach - Hybrid #7 - (a hybrid that is apparently good for this area)
Squash - Table Queen or Acorn (I will be planting these only in moderation this year!)
Swiss Chard - Ruby Red - (beautiful and tasty!)
By the way, I have an extra copy of the 2009 Bowseed Catalogue if anyone would like it. Their seeds are field tested to be hardy to this area (Zone 2 - 3). Just leave me a message in the comments if you would like me to mail it to you.
I hope everyone is keeping well and warm this Winter, and staving off the worst of the cold/flu season.