Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

Our Tiny House will sit on the unofficially named Tiny Lane. There we will raise Tiny Goats and this year, have a Tiny Farm.

Unlike last year, we simply aren't ready to have multiple gardens full of organic produce and fruits. We will have to exchange the size of our 'salad bowl,' if you will, for something a bit more fitting for where we are in the move from Georgia to North Carolina. This minor setback (and I use the term setback very loosely) didn't mean we couldn't still have as much fun perusing through seed catalogues, mildly discussing exotic produce, and dreaming about the organic edibles we would one day enjoy from our own land.

So last week - at separate times, unfortunately - Crystal and I both spent time flipping page after page, comparing items from last in regards to growth success, growth potential, overall energy consumed to grow, and overall taste. With a wonderful cup of rasberry-peach tea on my desk in front of me I saw down and began with perhaps my favorite catalogue; Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

We still have a few seeds left from last year that are still quite viable including some cabbage, a bit of Carrot Chantenay Red Core, Lettuce Val d'Orges, and Cauliflower. While I had originally thought of giving them away in a contest, I have decided to save them and use them as a great way to begin some leafy greens anywhere I can find dirt worth sowing in.

Because we are limited on ready space this year we have talked about doubling our efforts by growing potatoes at Crystal's mom's house and even trying some sweet corn in the back field of her grandmother's place. Last year we we tried corn and had really mixed results. We had a case of ear whigs and many of ears came in small and lacking kernels. We're willing to try again though as it was our first time and we're bound to do better in a corn hotbed like the sandy soils of North Carolina.

We're definitely looking forward to doubling the size of our onion beds this year. Last year we harvested just at 124 onions and while they lasted up until mid-November we would love to have a supply that would take us into late-February or so. While the desire is there we are still trying to figure where we would get that size space for such an onion supply. We may have to resort to a bit of gonzo gardening and just plant bulbs all around being careful to remember when we have things growing.

I think the main focus this year though is going to be our beans and cukes. We serve early peas, snap beans, and bush beans all year round and while our cucumbers have done really well each year we can't seem to get enough to both eat and pickle. Crystal loves a good dill pickle and so we look to raise up cuke plants in every available vertical spot we can muster.

So what about you? Have you begun planning and ordering yet? If so, what is your favorite company to order from? Are you growing anything new and original? What are your old standbys that get planted year after year? As always if you like this post be sure to share it on Facebook or send the link out on Twitter. We appreciate you taking the time to read the r(E)volution and be a part of the conversation!

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Comment by Aliza Ess on January 18, 2011 at 3:30pm

Aaah! Buying seeds is on my to-do list. I keep thinking about it and mean to set up a calendar so I can remember when to start setting up seedlings etc. Also saved a bunch of seeds from last year and am hoping to make sure they germinate (perhaps that's a project for tonight...)


Baker Creek is amazing, I'm also hoping to buy some fun things from Southern Exposure and Horizon Herbs too!


Good luck with the planting this year!

Comment by Lise Wandscher on January 20, 2011 at 9:44am
I have lots of heirloom seeds saved from last year.  Baker's and Johnny's are both great heirloom seed sources.  Also I'm going to a local seed exchange in February (Toledo Grows:  Urban Gardening).  I want to start a community garden in the small town where I live...we'll see how that goes..the mayor lives 2 doors down and I always share with him (he's in his 80's).  I really enjoy this time of year where we can plan and dream of our successes!


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