Get That Garden Going

We’ve decided to enlarge our gardens this year so my youngest son and I broke another garden this week. Its about 15’x10′ and is destined to have English Peas planted in it. I am hoping that we can finish tilling the garden this week and get the peas in too. By the time my husband got home, we had done the most time consuming part and he was able to hold the tiller down harder than we were and really dig into the soil.

Her is the list of seeds I have already purchased for this years garden:

West Indian Gherkin – This ia a very old varietyof cucumber that originated in India and has been used in making pickles for many years. I have never seen pickles made from them, so maybe they’ve fallen out of favor. I got them and most of my seeds from Seed Savers Exchange.

Star Of David Okra – Another heirloom variety. Named for the shape of the pod cross-sections.  I have my calendar marked to plant these seeds in late May, when the soil warms up thoroughly.

Blue Solaize Leek – Heirloom variety from France.  These seeds are in peat pots right now.

Listada de Gandia Eggplant – This variety is from Italy and has had glowing reviews from Seed Savers.  These seeds are also in peat pots.

Edmund’s Blood Turnip Beet – This is no longer listed on the Seed Savers site.  It dates to 1825 and is supposed to produce beets with dark red flesh and be good for canning.

Green Arrow English Pea – These are just your ordinary green English peas but are supposed to be heavy producers.

October Bean – This is a Native American variety that dates back to the 1830’s.  Its actually a bush variety which was surprising to me since most older bean varieties are vines.

La Ratte Potato – These are a french variety, fingerling potato. I really like cooking with them.  I served them the other night and my family looked at them with raised eyebrows, as if perhaps they’d been dug too soon!

The main reason that I chose heirloom varieties fromthis particular seed producer is that we do a lot of reenacting for the years 1830-1865 and these vegetables will be useful for those events.  But another reason I chose this producer is that their seeds are certified organic and organically grown. We try to have a completely organic garden and these wil help us continue that.

What are you growing this year?

About Sylvia

Sylvia Britton is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper website and ministry and began the ministry in 1997 when her husband brought home their first PC. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee and are the parents of 5 grown children and grandparents to five so far. They homeschooled their five children from 1991 to 2016. Sylvia is a Christian and worship leader in her local Church. You can follow her on Facebook or consider joining her Facebook Group called Christian Homekeepers and Like her official CHK Page on Facebook.
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8 Responses to Get That Garden Going

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  3. Sofia says:

    I decided to do gardening this year, for the first time in my life. So far i have planted cilantro, parsley and dill. I am planning on planting tomatoes, bell peppers and egg-plants. I don’t know what else yet:)

    • Sylvia says:

      Sofia, that sounds like a very good start! I should plant some cilantro too. We use a lot of it. I hope your garden does really well!

  4. Marg says:

    What a neat variety of things you are planting this year. The gherkins look interesting. I’ve never tasted okra, it’s not really popular up here.
    I’m still organizing my thoughts about my garden. 🙂 I have a little time, the seeds go in the 2nd or 3rd week of May and the bedding plants by the end of May. My garden is still covered in snow and water. 🙂

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