Edible Excitement

About a month ago I ordered a bunch of veggie seeds from Bountiful Gardens out of Willits, about two and half hours north of San Francisco.  They’ve been sitting around collecting dust. After Plant ID class on Saturday our friend Johanna gave us a copy of Sunset’s new Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete A-Z Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits. Johanna is a test garden coordinator for Sunset. You’ll find her blogging on Fresh Dirt and One Block Diet. We’ve been identifying plants together on Saturday mornings since August 2009 when we started Fall/Winter Plant ID class at City College. We’re taking Spring/Summer (more flowers) ID right now.

Inspiration! Sunset’s new book is exactly what I needed to inspire me to start my seeds. The crappy rainy weather helped too.  I’ve been successful with lettuce before, but I bought individual varieties instead of getting the mixed seed pack.

We picked up a tray with a cover at the local marijuana growing supply store, Grow Your Own, a few months ago. Apparently there are less expensive supply stores in town, but it’s really close to our home. Here’s what I started:

-Loose Leaf Lettuces: Sunset – Red Sails – Rossimo – Salad Bowl – Bronze Arrow – Emerald Oak

-Cool Climate Stupice Tomato (I had given up on growing tomatoes by the beach, but will give these a shot)

California Green Globe Artichoke (These will get big and need a lot of space if they make it)

-Broccoli: Purple Peacock and Romanesco

I think we’re going to need to ditch some of more grass in the yard so that we can make a raised bed if my veggies come through.

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