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First of 2009 seeds!

Posted by Nika On January - 15 - 2009

Humble Garden 2009: Comstock seeds

I am very excited to receive the first batch of seeds for the 2009 garden. This year I am going to focus on growing open pollinated vegetables and then to save the seed bounty for the 2010 garden.

This first batch of seeds are all open pollinated and many are heirloom varieties. I ordered them from the oldest continuously operating seed company in the US – Comstock, Ferre & Co., established in 1820 and not very far from where I live!

Humble Garden 2009: Comstock seeds

As you can see from the photos, this company is VERY Yankee – they do not waste any effort on fripperies and stick to the important things. For example, they adopted the use of paper envelopes for their seeds back in the 1830s from the Shakers in their area. They also designed the simple blue printing for the border you see STILL used today in these photos.

Humble Garden 2009: Comstock seeds

You can also see that they simply write on blank envelopes when an order comes in, VERY thrifty!

I ordered the following seeds:

  • Beans, Bush, Cherokee Wax
  • Beans, Bush, Derby
  • Beans, Pole, Yard Long
  • Beans, Soybean, Vinton 81
  • Carrot, Gold Pak
  • Carrot, Purple Dragon
  • Chamomile, German
  • Coriander/Cilantro, Long Standing
  • Cucumbers, Slicing, Apple Shaped/True Lemon
  • Cucumbers, Slicing, Marketmore
  • Cumin
  • Dill, Mammoth
  • Eggplant, Black Beauty
  • Fennel, Florence
  • Gourds, Bushel
  • Lavender, English
  • Lettuce, Butterhead, Buttercrunch
  • Mesclun Mix, Early Season
  • Mesclun Mix, Mid-season
  • Nasturtium, Dwarf Single Mix
  • Pea, Shelling, Tall Telephone/Alderman
  • Rosemary
  • Sage, Broad Leaf
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale
  • Squash, Winter Butternut, Early
  • Swiss Chard, Giant Lucullus

Humble Garden 2009: books

(Some of what I use to help me garden)

I will be ordering more seeds for a few more vegetables that I didnt see on their list. I will also be posting up garden maps for the raised beds and also be talking about my expansion project for this year’s garden, exciting stuff, stay tuned!

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We are a family of 5, including Nika, Ed, Q (14), KD (7), and Baby Oh (4). We garden 1024 square feet of raised beds plus assorted permacultural plantings. We also have 13 LaMancha dairy goats, 40 chickens, and one guard llama.

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