Last year’s post was titled “Too Many Seeds, Probably“. While we did manage to use up some of the inventory, not everything was consumed. Still, I wanted to try some new things. The list:
|SP783/L||Escalade Spinach Organic – Escalade|
|HR1114/L||Garlic Chives-Nira Organic – Nira Garlic Chives Organic 1/2 gram|
|ON557/S||Guardsman Onion – Guardsman Onion Seeds|
|OV580/S||Joi Choi Pac Choi – Joi Choi Pac Choi Seeds|
|BN039/S||Maxibel Bean – Maxibel Bean Seeds|
|BN062/L||Midori Giant Bean Organic – Midori Giant Bean Seeds Organic|
The left column is the Territorial Seed catalog number. The thinking behind the “new stuff” –
Escalade Spinach Organic: We used up the last of the spinach packets, so it was time for more.
Garlic Chives-Nira Organic: Rick Bayless loves garlic chives, and it sounds like something we’ll love too. As an added bonus, slugs don’t mess with alliums. We should be able to seed them about “wherever” and have success. (Rick grills them. He then dices the garlic chives and adds them to many different dishes.)
Guardsman Onion: Replenishing the scallion supply. We planted the last of these seeds in the fall.
Joi Choi Pac Choi: A Chinese Cabbage variety that’s supposed to grow faster and be more bolt resistant than regular Bok Choi. We’ll see. Because it’s a Brassica the cabbage moths and aphids will come after them. We’ll likely grow the Joi Choi with Brussels Sprouts, cover all of it with tulle, and dose with Neem Oil (wikipedia link). In theory that should work to keep the bug population down. In theory.
Maxibel Bean: A french/filet bean. Think Haricot Vert. The slugs may like these too much to be worthwhile. I figure we can try them in a few locations and see what shakes out. No trellising required. So long as the slugs don’t decimate the plants we should get something. Super fresh Haricot Verts have the potential to be awesome.
Midori Giant Bean: An extra-early maturing Edamame. I love Edamame. No trellising(!)
I see now that everything that’s really “new” is either indestructible or potential slug/pest bait. So it goes. We’ll know how effective Neem Oil is by the end of the season.