I placed my first seed order before Christmas! (Already had the credit card out, online shopping, and I must have seen something shiny and got distracted!)
I have yet to find a box of seeds- misplaced as things went out to the garden last year. I'm sure I asked a child to take it down to the cold room, but no one remembers doing it- and thus I haven't even attempted to do any stock checking. That's ok though, more seed is always better than less!
I placed my first order from Ontario Seed Company (OSC Seeds) again. While they haven't taken the safe seed pledge (or at least I haven't seen it on their website), they do offer a wide range of heritage and open pollinated seed, at very reasonable prices. They also sell larger packets of seed by weight, so I know exactly what to expect, rather than opening a packet to find only 5 or 6 tiny seeds inside.
Beets- Bulls Blood- Heirloom- 60 days
Broccoli- Green Sprouting Italian- Open Pollinated- an old Italian variety that matures early. Produces heavy
crops of large, solid, central heads with numerous medium size lateral
heads produced later in the season- 70 days
Brussels Sprouts- Long Island Improved- OP- 90 days
Cabbage- Copenhagen Market- OP- 68 days- I grew the same variety last year and it did fairly well.
Cauliflower- Early Snowball- H- 65 days- I only intend to plant a few cauliflower as a treat for #2 and Husband. However, if the green worms return, it'll be the last time for cauliflower in my garden.
Celeriac- Giant Prague- H- Perennial- 110 days- New for me.
Cucumber- Straight Eight- H- 52 days- This is the variety my Dad always grows, and he had a hard time finding them last year. The Marketmores I grew last year never caught up to his Straight Eights, planted weeks later, and I found the texture a bit rubbery.
Kale- Red Russian- H- 50 days
Kohlrabi- Purple Vienna- H- 60 days
Mangel- Giant Red- H- 90 days- these did very well for me last year, and the turkeys loved them. They'll be a part of the garden until I can clear a couple of acres to grow them as a crop for livestock feed.
Onion- Early Yellow Globe- OP- 98 days
- Southport White Globe- H- 98 days
Peas- Alaska- H- 55 days- I added these to the mix last year as well. I save pea seed, so I end up with a cross breed mix.
Peppers- Hungarian Yellow Sweet- H- 72 days- These are amusing. My Dad grew sweet yellow banana peppers when I was a kid. I've grown a variety of yellow banana peppers over the years and they always end up hot. I've bought countless banana peppers in the grocery store- and they're always hot. Husband has told me countless times to stop buying banana peppers, lol. So when I stumbled upon these, I knew I had to try them.
- Sweet Cubanelle Ramshorn Pepper- ?- 65 days
- Sweet Pimento Heart Shaped- H- 78 days
Rutabaga (Swede)- Laurentian- H- 95 days
Spinach- Bloomsdale Long Standing- H- 47 days
Squash- Marina de Chioggia- H- 100 days- a bit long for our growing season, but they're said to keep 2 to 3 years, so I really wanted to try them.
Swiss Chard- Rhubarb Chard- OP- 60 days
Watermelon- Tendersweet Orange- 85 days
- Sugar Baby
I ignored the bean section, lol, which was the first thing I looked at at my second seed website, Heritage Harvest Seeds. It was an accident- I clicked the 'new for 2013' link and got suckered in. I haven't ordered yet, but this company definitely has my attention, particularly their bean, corn and squash varieties.
My priority this year though, is procuring non GMO sugar beet seed. So far the only seller I've found is Richter's, and I'm afraid to look through their catalogue. I spent quite a lot there last year, and haven't got my perennial bed established. There's so much more on my want list, and most of it isn't really food... Best to find a more veggie oriented source...