Picking plants

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yesterday I ordered a bunch of seeds from  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in preparation for planting the new bed in my front yard. Here is the list of the seeds I ordered, many of which are both edible and ornamental. Don't you love multi-tasking plants?
  • Gobbo di Nizzia Cardoon (AR103)
  • Garden Mix Castor Bean (FL280)
  • Double Purple Queen Datura (FL313)
  • Lime Green Nicotiana (FL521)
  • Mexican Sunflower (FL729)
  • Royal Purple Zinnia (FL806)
  • Lime Basil (HB103)
  • Cilantro (HB125)
  • Lemongrass (HB162)
  • Leonitis (HB167)
  • Hill Country Heirloom Red Okra (OK112)
  • Thai Red Roselle (RS101)
  • Green Zebra Tomato (TG103)
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato (TP101)
  • Japanese Black Trifele Tomato (TP107)
  • Striped Roman Tomato (T105)
I figured it would be cheaper to start some of my own plants from seed rather than buy established plants at a nursery. We'll see -- I guess it depends on how successful I am at growing plants from seed!

The tomatoes and cooking herbs will go in the backyard, and I may not end up using all of the others in the front bed. I just couldn't decide.

I do still plan to buy a few plants from the nursery to help give the front bed some good bones. I don't want it to look too empty in the winter. The options include:
Banana in Terra Nova Nurseries garden
The next things to do are to make a sketch of the bed so that I know how the plants should be arranged and look into buying limerock that I can use to edge the bed.


Darla said...

you have a lot of work ahead of you as we all do this time of the year. Great lists!

Jake said...

That Castor Bean will sprout probably within the week from when you plant it. That Castor in that picture is just like the one I have. Good Luck on this!


Wicked Gardener said...

I'm digging the Lime Green Nicotiana!

healingmagichands said...

I live just a few miles from Baker Creek and plan to spend time at their Spring Planting Festival. It is a great way to get tomato and pepper seeds.

I love your banana!

Kim said...

Thanks for all the comments! Indeed, I do have a lot of work ahead of me, but I think the end result will be worth it. And yes, I'll be sure to post pictures. ;-)

healingmagichands: I'm so envious that you're down the road from Baker Creek! Their festivals must be tons of fun.

Will said...

Hi Kim, I’ve been searching blogs for people who are into growing exotics and found your site and see that you have photos of my two books - thanks.

I have just planted about 50 Ricinus seeds (castor bean) I just love them as they get so big in one season. Keep up the good work - Will

Kim said...

Hi Will-- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I absolutely adore your books and have been looking to them for inspiration as I redesign my garden. I'm hoping that one day my garden can look half as good as yours!