Monday, August 11, 2008

need seed?

Today I went all over town* to find some spinach seed. It is a good time to replant some cool crops like spinach and peas. They sprout fairly quickly because of the warmth of the soil and sun and mature in the fall when it is cooler.

*I am a bit dramatic on that statement because we have all of 3 stores I could check for seed in this one-mile square town.

Anyway no one had seed. They didn't grasp the concept of replanting and I forgot to stock up in the spring. So, of course, I got online and found this seed store.

They are amazing. Almost every packet is .99 cents and if you buy 10 packets, the shipping is free! I was expecting to have to pay around $3.00 for a packet of seed plus $2.00 shipping, but felt it was worth it in order to get some spinach seed. Instead, I got some peas and bush beans. The beans I will save for next spring, because they aren't cool-weather plants, but I think I will plant some peas too.

The fun thing about some of these crops is they over-winter. Not that they continue to grow in the winter, but in the spring, things like spinach, lettuce, carrots, parsnips, etc come back, and they come back really early. We were harvesting lettuce long before anything even popped its head up this year, and it was all volunteer. I guess it had spread its seed or something, because not only was it in the original row, it was in other random places. We were happy to just snip with a scissors, and let the plant come back, rather than pull it out by the roots.

So, hopefully I will get a package soon with my fall planting of spinach. I am enjoying spinach smoothies and intend to plant a huge block of it next spring.

that's my story, and unless someone corrects me, I'm sticking to it.



HiHoRosie said...

I'll have to keep that link in mind when on the hunt for more seeds. Some of those seed packets are so expensive! And then made worse if they don't sprout. :(

RisibleGirl said...

Spinach grows in cold weather? Hmmm- I'm going to need to investigate winter plants since we generally have fairly mild winters.

I'm glad you got a good deal on seeds.


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