It’s official. I need a bigger garden. In fact, I need a way bigger garden to fit all of the seeds I’m going to order. I came home from my three weeks away to a mailbox stuffed with seed catalogs. I’ve looked over almost all of them and am amazed at how many things I had never even heard of.
Case in point, the beetberry (Chenopodium capitatum) from Seeds of Change. This oddball green is described as “sprawling in nature” with “dark green leaves that snuggle the fruit amongst its foliage.” From the photo it kind of looks like raspberries have been glued to a tall, gangly arugula plant. To say that I am intrigued is an understatement.
(Clockwise from top left: Beetberry, ‘Golden’ purslane, ‘Magenta Spreen’ lambsquarters, and the Huazontle)
Seeds of Change is also offering a number of cultivars of weeds, including ‘Golden’ purslane, ‘Magenta Spreen’ lambsquarters, and Huazontle, a lambsquarter cousin with fuschia colored leaves and seed heads. I have wild purslane and lambsquarters in my garden now, but I can’t decide if I should just eat them or if I should order their refined relatives and do a taste test.
If you’re looking to grow a holy-cow-what-the-hell-is-that kind of vegetable, may I suggest the Mexican Sour Gherkin. I grew it way back in 2003 and it looks like a dollhouse-sized watermelon, but it tastes like a mildly sour cucumber (check out this You Grow Girl post for some great Mexican Sour Gherkin photos). It’s perfect for salads or for in the garden grazing. I’ve noticed it in a lot of catalogs this year, including Seeds of Change and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (which is a compendium of every cool, unusual, and down right weird vegetable you can think of and is one of my very favorite seed sources).
Radishes have also really caught my eye this year. In addition to ‘Easter Egg II’—my favorite blend of purple, pink, red and white radishes—I’m considering growing ‘Chinese Red Meat’, which has apple green skin and a bright red core.
I am also going to plant all three types of peas: English, snap and snow pea. ‘Golden India’, a snow pea with pale yellow pods and two-toned purple flowers, especially appeals to me.
Let me know what you’re excited about growing this year. I’m planning on placing my order by the end of the month, but I don’t want to miss out on anything really cool!