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Ordering Plants & Seeds (Spring 2016)

May 19, 2017

During March, we ordered multiple plants and seeds for our garden. Most arrived in late March or Mid April.

Here is a recap:



We built the pergola so that the grapes could eventually drape over it. We ordered a variety called Reliance Grape. They are advertised as follows,

“A juicy, deep-red grape that is flavor-packed. This variety is perfect for eating fresh or putting in fruit salads. Also makes an irresistible, healthy snack for kids. Vigorous vines produce generous clusters. Blooms late to avoid spring frosts. Seedless. Disease-resistant to anthracnose and mildew. Ripens in August. Self-pollinating.”



We designated one half of the middle left bed to strawberries. The bed has a divider which essentially breaks the bed into two beds. The other half was planted with herbs that I had in containers. We choose an ever-bearing variety called Ozark Beauty and ordered them as bare root plants. They are described as follows:

“Enjoy fruit and a protective ground cover. In addition to keeping weeds at bay, this everbearer produces wave after wave of sweet, delicious, scarlet-red strawberries. In our test plots, this is one of the hardiest, most vigorous, heaviest-producing everbearing strawberries. Cold hardy. Ripens in early summer and continues to fruit until first frost. Self-pollinating.” 



I found this really cool YouTube video on how to train blackberries against a fence in which a trailing variety was used. This method was very appealing to me since I didn’t want to use one of my beds for blackberries.  We are trying his method and using the Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry variety. Here is the description,

“A unique flavor that has garnered rave reviews! This productive plant yields berries that offer a tasty blend of sweetness and tartness. The fruit is borne uniformly, so it is easy to pick. Thornless semi-erect canes may need support under heavy fruit load. Summer-bearing floricane. Late season. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in early August. Self-pollinating.”


I love looking through seed catalogs and just recently I noticed that Seed Savers Exchange offers tomatoes and pepper transplants.  We decided that this year we would skip growing tomatoes from seed and instead order them as transplants. This was super exciting since you won’t know which varieties are included until they are shipped. It was such a cool surprise! Here is a list of the varieties we received.

Amish Paste

Amish Paste



Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple

German Pink

German Pink

Italian Heirloom

Italian Heirloom


Mexico Midget



We also ordered seeds for

I have to admit that our seedlings are late this year. They took a while to germinate but they are doing much better now that is warming up.

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