I spent some time with the seed catalogs today and made out my orders this evening.
I knew there would be changes to the edibles list for 2015. Some varieties were switched and I found two new things!
A more compact variety of basil that does well in containers was selected. Last year, after I froze all the basil I wanted for winter, I just let the plants flower and feed the pollinators. With a more compact variety, I may just plant some containers with basil to be decorative this year reserving the option to snag a leaf now and then.
I dropped red salad bowl lettuce from the ordering list. Only one of the catalogs carried it and I kept my ordering to two catalogs to save on shipping. I might find it locally at the garden center and still plant some.
A specialty melon named tigger got my attention. It looks interesting and the single serving size of white flesh intrigues me. I have not eaten it. I'm just going to try it.
The parsley change was just an availability issue.
The different pumpkin variety claims to ripen faster. With our temperamental autumn temperatures, I thought faster was better.
I dug out the vegetable seeds box Friday evening to see what I had on hand. One post back, I have the list of what I will likely plant. The varieties don't change much from year to year as I've gardened enough years now to know what usually works for us, and I don't have a huge space to try a lot of different things. Not all of that list will go in the garden. I will edit as the season unfolds; but, there is bound to be something new I'll want to try also. I have my collection of seed catalogs ready for some serious perusing. I did manage to narrow it down to three that I may order from.
In early November, I put six hyacinth bulbs into a brown paper bag and put the bag into the refrigerator. Hyacinth bulbs need a chilling period to bloom. I labeled the bag clearly so no one would eat the bulbs. :-)
Today, I pulled the bag out of the refrigerator and inspected the bulbs. Each has a sprout starting to show.
I gathered two hyacinth bulb vases, a couple of other vases that will work because they have 'necks' and a couple of bud vases which I filled with glass pebbles. Each vase is filled with water to just below the hyacinth bulb.
Now, to put them in a sunny room (but not in the sun) and wait for growth, roots and blooms.