Saving Marigold and Calendula Seeds

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Calendula flower head- these were a little trickier, but I pulled the seeds off best I could, loaded them onto a plate, and gently blew the chaff away.  Not perfectly clean, but it will do.20140227-200342.jpg

At the end of the season last year I grabbed a few promising, dry, flower heads and stuck them in paper sacks.  They went on a shelf and were forgotten until yesterday.  I harvested the seeds out of my marigold and calendula flowers, and fingers crossed that they germinate!  The marigolds I am not too fussed about- they are large and tall Crackerjack mix.  They look nice in the garden and are easy to grow.  The calendula I am hoping for a larger patch this year- I ordered a sampler seed packet last year and only 2 or 3 plants came from it.  I have a LOT of seeds now, so here is hoping!

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2014 Garden Sale- Tentative List

Tentatively, these are the plants that will be available this year:

Herbs

Evergreen Bunching Onions
Cilantro
Sweet Basil

Tomatoes:

Cooking Type:
Martino’s Roma

Slicing Type:
Legend
Beefsteak
Heirloom Rainbow Blend

Cherry Type
Yellow Pear
Sweetie
Black Cherry

Hot Season Crops:
Toma Verde Tomatillo
Cal Wonder Sweet Pepper
Kandy Korn Sweet Corn

Squash:
Black Beauty Zucchini
Marketmore Cucumber
Spookier Deep Sugar Pumpkin
Waltham Butternut Squash
Amish Pie Pumpkin

Cool Season Crops (mustard family)
Lacinato (Dino) Kale
Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
Waltham 29 Broccoli

Flowers
Cosmos- orange mix
Dwarf Sensation Mixed Cosmos- pinks mix
Echinacea
Crackerjack marigolds
Dwarf Jewel mix Nasturtium
Calendula

Fruit:

Raspberry Canes

Vermicomposting in Winter

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The bottom bin- some worms still hang out down here, but it is definitely ready to dump in the garden, worms and all.

I was happy to see that this set up did OK in the winter on my deck, because it made it so much easier to feed them! I had to empty rain out a few times from that bottom lid and it is probably wetter than the worms would prefer. I thought they had all died, but now that the weather is a bit warmer the population had exploded and we are back in business. I think they just burrowed deeper to get away from the cold.

2014 Seed List

Herbs
Evergreen Bunching Onions
Cilantro
Sweet Basil
Garlic

Root Vegetables
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Nantes Tip-Top Carrots
Chioggia Beets
Japanese White Icicle Radish
Sparkler Radish
Watermelon Radish

Tomatoes:

Cooking Type:
Martino’s Roma

Slicing Type:
Legend
Beefsteak
Heirloom Rainbow Blend

Cherry Type
Yellow Pear
Sweetie
Black Cherry

Hot Season Crops:
Toma Verde Tomatillo
Cal Wonder Sweet Pepper
Kandy Korn Sweet Corn
Blue Lake 274 Bush Beans

Cucurbit:
Black Beauty Zucchini
Marketmore Cucumber
Spookier Deep Sugar Pumpkin
Waltham Butternut Squash
Amish Pie Pumpkin

Cool Season Crops
Sugar Daddy Peas
Oregon Sugar Pod II Bush Peas (Snow pea)
Gourmet Mix, Lettuce
Lacinato (Dino) Kale
Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
Waltham 29 Broccoli

Flowers
Cosmos- orange mix
Dwarf Sensation Mixed Cosmos- pinks mix
Echinacea
Crackerjack marigolds
Dwarf Jewel mix Nasturtium
Calendula

Grey Mammoth Sunflowers

I meant to scale back this year on seed purchases, and still ended up with 7 kinds of tomatoes. Oh well!

Permanent fruit plantings already in the ground:
Fig
Plum
Blackberry
Raspberry
Blueberry
Strawberry (but might replant this year)

Permanent/Self Seeding
Chives
Thyme
Stevia
Borage
Day lily (yes, it is delicious.)
Garlic- I always find a few little stalks coming up in old patches.

Wild Forage:
Red huckleberry
Osso Plum
Nettle
Bittercress
Clover
Thimble berry
Dandelion