Seed Starting for 2013

It’s time to start the seeds for 2013 in earnest.

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This is our fourth growing season at Clean Slate Farm and seed starting is an annual ritual. We’ve never bought vegetable plants because there are so many interesting heirloom varieties to choose from. Each season teaches us more about how and what to grow and gives us new ideas for what new methods to try. Unfortunately each year “seed fever” sets in and I order all kinds of new seed. Last year we settled on several varieties we liked and saved the seeds so some of what we will grow this year is continuing the heirloom tradition.

Some of our seeds we need to buy, onions for instance. We grew Australian Brown for two years now and like how we can keep them overwintered in the cool basement. We tried Ailsa Craig last year and found they didn’t keep as well. Tomatoes are another veg we have tried countless varieties of; Speckled Roman, Polish Linguisa, a variety from Italy, on and on. This year we’ll stick with the Golden Queen, Principe de Borghese, Cherokee Purple, and Brandywine, which by the way we saved all the seed we needed from last years crop.

So this year I ordered a mess more seeds. What’s more we’ll be planting grapes and strawberries for the first time. As Bob Marley said, “We’re jammin.'” Here is the list of seeds and plants we ordered.

We usually order from Baker Creek, Seed Savers, Territorial Seeds, and this year Renee’s Garden.

What seeds did you buy and start this year?


  • Red Bull Onion
  • Australian Brown Onion
  • King of the North Pepper
  • Creme Brulee Pepper
  • Dakota Peas (will supplement the Laxton’s Progress we saved)
  • Berlicum Carrot
  • Amarillo Carrot
  • Boston Pickling Cucumber
  • Diamond Eggplant (we love eggplant Parmesan!)
  • Five different lettuces
  • Dwarf Siberian Kale
  • Regatta Spinach (will supplement the seed from last year)
  • Pineapple Ground Cherry (more pies!)
  • Mache or Corn Salad
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard (grew it for the first time last year and will never be without again!)

We also will be starting an herb garden with:

  • Borage
  • Lemon Basil
  • Genovese Basil
  • Thyme
  • Greek Oregano
  • Stevia
  • Black Cumin
  • Cilantro, a slow bolting variety
  • Dill
  • Lavender: White Ice and Fernleaf


  • Himrod Seedless Grapes (2)
  • Concord Seedless Grapes (2)
  • Honeoye Strawberries (50)


  • reply Your sister-in-law Pat ,

    Hey Farmer Dave–I tasted some of those strawberries on July 4th…those were the SWEETEST berries I’ve ever had!!! You have the most fantastic garden around…and it’s growing like crazy!

    Your ‘seed fever’ is like my ‘Christmas ornament obsession’. Gotta order that new stuff!! Can’t wait until your tomatoes show up. WELL DONE!!

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