It is seed ordering time.
I vary what I order from year to year and have yet to keep a garden journal so I often forget from year to year. Some years I am more experimental than others and there have been a year when I didn't even get a seed order off (money was probably in short supply) and ended up buying High Mowing Seeds from our local organic farm.
This year I am planning and I have my seed order ready to mail. I am choosing seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and probably just for ease of ordering all in one place. I also like to order from Fedco and High Mowing.
Baker Creek seeds are all non-hybrid and non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.
We eat only our own produce from June - November. I would like to expand this over time but we do have some limitations that include very little tillable land and the time constraints of running our business and large family. However, it is very important to me to nurture our soil with one shovel full of our own compost at a time that will then support the plants that will feed our family even for just those five months.
I am in awe every spring as the seeds sprout and then the garden slowly gets crowded (with weeds too!), and I am filled with joy when I can go out in the garden in the evenings and pick what will become our dinner. It is a great lesson for the children to feel connected to the rhythm of the seasons and to their food and to also see what can happen with consistent work and effort. Gardening really doesn't take as much time as one might think. For me, 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there seems to work.
So this year my seed order includes:
Bush Beans - Beiree De Rocquencourt (wax) and Cantare (green)
Beets - Chioggia and Golden
Carrots - Chantenay Red Core
Corn - Dakota Black Popcorn, Strawberry Popcorn (for fun - decoration and popcorn)
I will buy sweet corn from High Mowing
Cucumber - Boston Pickling
Wheat, Emmer (for a fun lesson with the children)
Lettuce - Rocky Top Lettuce Salad, Forellenschluss and Lolla Rossa
Kale - Blue Curled Scotch
Melon - Minnosota Midget
Parsnip - Half Long Guernsey
Summer Squash - Zucchini Black Beauty, Zucchini, Golden
Winter Squash - Butternut-Waltham and Connecticut Field Pumpkins
Swiss Chard - Bionda Di Lyon
Turnips - Boule d'Or
I will buy tomatoes and peppers from our local farm because we have such a short growing season and they usually even already have flowers on them when I buy them the end of May.