Fedco seed order

Soon!

Most years I’ve started seeds by early February. This year I’m only half-way through my order to Fedco and I don’t know whether to lay the blame on laziness or acquired knowledge. Mid February is actually too early to start anything but artichokes this far north – you’re not going to be planting anything but greens outdoors until the middle of May – but that never stopped me. I’ll look through the scrapbooks later for some photos of the tomato hedges growing under shop lights in the basement of our house in South Portland.

Every year there’s one item in the catalog that combines a wonderful variety name and a stunning description. For 2011 it’s this one:

337MS Maine Sunset Bean (85 days) Open-pollinated. Heirloom dating back to at least the 1930s, Sunset returns to our catalog after a 4-year hiatus. Maintained for many years by the late Pearl Smith, farmer and longtime Unity Coop member. An ever-bearing variation of the Soldier type featuring beautiful plump round-oval ivory-white beans irregularly splotched with brownish-maroon and blood-orange splashes around the hilum. A wonderful baking bean, with a creamy texture and rich flavor when cooked, comparable to Maine Yellow Eye. Good yielder.

I can’t wait to bake those beans. Here’s the rest of the order so far:

Masai Bush Haricots Verts

Multicolored Pole Bean Mix

Maine Sunset Bean

Silver Queen White Sweet Corn

Oregon Giant Snow Pea

Oka Muskmelon

Arava Cantaloupe OG

Painted Serpent Cucumber

Costata Romanesca Zucchini OG

Carnival Acorn Winter Squash

New England Pie Pumpkin

Shin Kuroda 5″ Carrot

Nelson Carrot

Yaya Carrot OG

Bull’s Blood Beet

Zlata Radish

Gold Ball Turnip

King Sieg Leek OG

Olympia Spinach

Tom Thumb Lettuce

Bronze Mignonette Lettuce

Majestic Red Lettuce

Pablo Lettuce

DeLuxe Lettuce Mix

Mesclun

Greens Mix OG

Broad-Leaved Sorrel

Maruba Santoh

Tatsoi

Broccoli Blend

Piracicaba

Frigga Savoy Cabbage

Rainbow Lacinato Kale OG

Provider Bush Green Bean
$1.30
$1.30
2
247
A=1/2oz
Masai Bush Haricots Verts
$1.40
$1.40
3
297
A=1/2oz
Multicolored Pole Bean Mix
$1.30
$1.30
4
337
A=2oz
Maine Sunset Bean
$1.50
$1.50
5
658
A=2oz
Silver Queen White Sweet Corn
$2.10
$2.10
6
818
A=2oz
Oregon Giant Snow Pea
$1.40
$2.80
7
916
A=1/16oz
Oka Muskmelon
$1.60
$1.60
8
1059
A=1g
Arava Cantaloupe OG
$1.50
$1.50
9
1388
A=1/16oz
Painted Serpent Cucumber
$1.00
$1.00
10
1457
A=1/8oz
Costata Romanesca Zucchini OG
$1.30
$1.30
11
1605
A=1/8oz
Carnival Acorn Winter Squash
$1.80
$1.80
12
1719
A=1/4oz
New England Pie Pumpkin
$0.80
$0.80
13
2073
A=1/8oz
Shin Kuroda 5″ Carrot
$0.80
$0.80
14
2092
A=1g
Nelson Carrot
$1.60
$1.60
15
2093
A=1g
Yaya Carrot OG
$1.90
$1.90
16
2186
A=1/8oz
Bull’s Blood Beet
$1.00
$1.00
17
2257
A=1g
Zlata Radish
$1.00
$1.00
18
2376
A=1/8oz
Gold Ball Turnip
$0.70
$0.70
19
2411
A=1/16oz
King Sieg Leek OG
$1.60
$1.60
20
2512
A=1/4oz
Olympia Spinach
$1.00
$1.00
21
2803
A=2g
Tom Thumb Lettuce
$0.70
$0.70
22
2805
A=2g
Bronze Mignonette Lettuce
$0.70
$0.70
23
2859
A=1g
Majestic Red Lettuce
$1.00
$1.00
24
2919
A=1g
Pablo Lettuce
$1.10
$1.10
25
2983
A=1g
DeLuxe Lettuce Mix
$1.60
$1.60
26
2992
A=1g
Mesclun
$1.00
$1.00
27
2993
A=1g
Greens Mix OG
$1.10
$1.10
28
3192
A=1/16oz
Broad-Leaved Sorrel
$0.90
$0.90
29
3209
A=1/16oz
Maruba Santoh
$1.10
$1.10
30
3221
A=1/16oz
Tatsoi
$1.10
$1.10
31
3326
A=0.5g
Broccoli Blend
$1.50
$1.50
32
3327
A=2g
Piracicaba
$1.00
$1.00
33
3380
A=2g
Frigga Savoy Cabbage
$1.30
$1.30
34
3466
A=2g
Rainbow Lacinato Kale OG
$1.50
$1.50

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