The new year of gardening is officially underway. Or, at least, I’m starting to set things in motion. I made my seed orders today, doing most of my buying from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Even though a lot of SESE’s varieties are not region-specific, I just sort of prefer to shop locally when I can (SESE is located about two hours from DC). My SESE list is:
|Cylindra Red Beets||$2.35|
|Scarlet Nantes Carrots||$2.25|
|Sweet Genovese Basil||$2.10|
|Corno di Toro Pepper||$2.25|
|Russian Banana Fingerlings||$13.50|
|Cherokee Purple Tomato||$2.50|
|Wild Garden Lettuce Mix||$2.75|
I also bought a few things from Territorial Seeds that were harder to find close to home (like onion transplants and bare-root Tri-Star strawberry plants). And I still have some seed packets from last year, including some of my favorite oddballs (such as pepquiños, Señorita jalapeño peppers, and Dr. Carolyn Yellow Cherry tomatoes).
One note to my fellow gardeners: the folks at Hometown Seeds are giving garden blog readers a 10% discount if you enter the code ‘thanks’ at checkout before February 28th. I’ve never ordered from them since they’re a bit farther afield, but I certainly encourage people to check out their selection. Not everyone has to be a local seed snob like me. Tee hee.