What are you planting in 2018?

The garden is covered in snow.  What to do?  Seed shopping!

Seedy Saturdays are happening now: https://www.seeds.ca/events.  And, there is always online shopping!

It is always exciting ordering new (to me) varieties of plants.  Here are a few of the things I will be growing this summer.

Orach, Aurora Mixed

Aurora Mixed Orach
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds: https://www.rareseeds.com/orach-aurora-mixed/

Can you imagine a salad made of these giant, beautiful leaves?  These plants can grow 5-6 feet tall.  They add colour and height to any type of garden–flower or vegetable.

Peas, King tut

King Tut Purple Pea
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds: https://www.rareseeds.com/king-tut-purple-pea-/

I admit, I like atypically coloured vegetables and fruits.  These are rumoured to have been placed in King Tuts tomb almost 5,000 years ago, to provide for him in the afterlife.  Howard Carter is said to have removed them from the tomb when it was rediscovered in 1922.

Gourd, birdhouse

dried bottle gourds make perfect bird house
Photo credit: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-make-a-gourd-bird-house

You can make long-lasting birdhouses out of these perfectly shaped gourds. After drying your gourd for approximately six months, drill a doorway hole in it, clean it out, then drill two holes for the ring you will use to suspend it.  You can paint it if you like.  Instant, organic birdhouse!

Quinoa, Brightest Brilliant

Quinoa is not just useful for its seeds – you can eat the leaves fresh or steamed.  And look how beautiful this variety is when it goes to seed!

Brighest Brilliant Quinoa
Photo from Greta’s Organic gardens: https://www.seeds-organic.com/products/brighest-brilliant-quinoa

Corn, Hopi Blue

I have to try a different variety of corn each year.  Hopi blue corn can be eaten fresh, or ground into flour to use in corn bread or corn chips.



Organic Non-GMO Hopi Blue Corn
Photo from Urban Harvest: http://uharvest.ca/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21_64&products_id=507



So, what new varieties of plants are you growing this year?