Once the magic of Christmas fades, winter get’s quite a bit rougher. There isn’t as much sunshine, and the cold seeps into your bones. You dredge out in the cold, slopping through slushy snow, and you wish a little for those warm days. You know the ones. Where the sun warms your face, and your barefeet slip into lush, cool grass. Alas, you are stuck in a winter wonderland. You can imagine the excitement when you open the mailbox to a thick book full of seeds, and you can start planning. I love flipping through page after page, reading descriptions and imagining the garden to come. I thought I’d share with you a few of the new things I think I’ll plant this year, in an attempt shake these winter blahs!
Note: None of these pictures are mine, you can go directly to the picture & vegetable listing by clicking the picture!
Am I the only person who loves beets? They are earthy and delcious, and cannot be beet (haha) when pickled. This assortment is a must have, and contains Red Ace, Boldor, Albino, and Chioggia.
This is the pura asita black carrot. It's available through Baker's Creek. Isn't this the most beautiful carrot you've ever seen? It's rich in anthocyains, open pollinated and it's waiting for your garden!
This is the parisienne carrot and I absolutely love it. It's cute, but all I can imagine is how perfect it would be in a Sunday pot roast along with small, round potatoes!
This is a mix of small, narrow eggplants. I am a sucker for vegetables that are different, and colorful. Even better if you can buy one seed packet and get a variety from it.
These are ground cherries, they are a Polish heirloom. Unlike planting other traditional berries, these grow in a season and can be used for pies and preserves.
This is the collective farm woman melon and heirloom from the Ukraine. It is a high sugar melon that ripens early. I haven't always had a good melon harvest, and I'd like to imagine with the early ripening I'd get a nice crop of these!
The white wonder watermelon is, as you can see, a white fleshed watermelon! White fleshed watermelons were common way back in the 1800's but have lost favor sense.
The moon and stars watermelon has eluded me! I've wanted to grow it for years, and tried last year with no good harvest. I'm definitely trying again this year as I just love the look of these guys!
It's the color of these that I just cannot get over!! They are such a beautiful, bright purple, eventually ripening to a deep red. These are a sweet pepper, so I would definitely be tossing these in salads for a fresh crunch.
This is one of the peppers I am most excited for growing, Alma Paprika pepper. I dry the majority of my peppers, and to be able to make paprika seasoning with these would be wonderful!
How can you not be attracted to these Chinese 5 Color peppers? They are exceptionally hot, and do well in a container. I love having something close buy so I can grab what I need at will.
Easter Egg II is all the things I love. A colorful assortment of Ruby, Plum, Purple, and Snow Belle. Did you even know so many radishes existed!?
I just can't even pick when it comes to tomatoes. They are my weakness. They have all colors, shapes, sizes, and types avaliabe. I'll just show two that I find the most visually appealing.
Other than being difficult to know when ripe, I love the Green Zebra. Along with it's stunning looks, when I grew it previously it had a very unique flavor. I loved eating them raw!
Indigo Blue Berries made my jaw drop!! Blue tomatoes?! These are another vegetable/fruit that contain high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Beautiful and healthy, what could be better?
Okay, so these are some of my favorites for this year. How about you? What are your must grow vegetables? Share in the comments below!
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My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.