I have been planning my summer garden the past few weeks. I took stock of all my seeds that have been stashed in canning jars in the fridge to see what needed to be ordered. I have plenty of seeds still for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant and I still have enough pickles put up from last year that I won't need to plant any cucumbers this year. One thing I was out of was my favorite zucchini seeds, the Clairmore.
Here they are just starting out in last year's garden. They are the first zucchini to set on and the last to give it up come the fall, they are thin skinned and almost buttery in taste and texture. I LOVE them!! I had a problem though, the company I usually get the seeds from didn't have any!! I searched on the internet and finally found some in a combo pack with Golden Dawn and Raven zucchini from Renee's Garden. I ordered three packages. ;-)
I also ordered some Athena cantaloupe seeds and a Tricolor Snap Bush Bean mixture from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. The Tricolor Bean package contains Jade Green, Purple Queen and Gold Rush, that ought to be fun! This morning, I ordered some Kakai Pumpkin seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds. This is what they say about them:
Striped fruits, delicious "pumpkin nuts."
Eye-catching, medium-small, avg. 5-8 lb., black-striped pumpkins. After displaying the pumpkins next fall, you can scoop out the large, dark green, completely hull-less seeds, which are absolutely delicious roasted. Kakai is a variety of the Austrian type that yields the valuable green pumpkin seed oil that some European studies show promotes prostate health. Semi-bush, short-vine plants. Avg. yield: 2-3 fruits/plant.
|Photo from Johnny's Selected Seeds website|
I have read so many wonderful things about these pumpkins that I want to give them a try and they sound perfect for my smallish garden!
The cool weather crops are coming along nicely. The collard greens for the chickens have sprouted, as have the broccoli and snow peas.
The radishes are starting to get their "true" leaves this week.
That's it from here this week! I'm linking up with Heidi and The Country Garden Showcase at My Simple Country Living. :)