Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Find Who Carries the Seeds You Want

Mother Earth News has a fantastic new search engine.
This is the description, copied from the page:
Are you looking for a particular vegetable, herb or flower variety and it's not available in your favorite catalogs? Our new Mother Earth News Seed and Plant Finder lets you quickly search the online catalogs of more than 500 mail order seed companies. All you have to do is type in the variety you're looking for in the search box below, and you'll get a list of links to the companies offering the variety. (For variety names with two or more words, put the entire name inside quotation marks for the best search results.) You can also search for any crop and browse the newest or rarest selections.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday, Virginia Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in every Sunday. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

The Virginia Red Cedar is not a cedar at all. It is a juniper. At the cabin we have a LOT of it. Unfortunately both hubby and myself are allergic to it. We are slowly removing it.

See my September 9th post to see who was living in this one.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Seeds I Have On Hand For Planting



Apparently near extinction. Saved by one man in MN since 1991. If you take these please grow out and spread seed around. Medium green tender pods if picked young.


From Iran, no other description at this time


Miner's Lettuce, Claytonia


Beam's Yellow Pear 71 Days Ind.
Bright yellow 1 and 1/2 inch pear shaped fruits. These produce huge, bushy plants that yield very large quantities of 1 oz., 1 1/2-inch, bright yellow, pear-shaped cherry tomatoes that will give you fruit until frost. The tomatoes of this yellow pear tomato variety are zesty sweet and delicious. A beautiful salad or snackin' tomato. If you are growing several colors of cherry tomatoes include this one. A great tomato choice for a patio or planter garden. A good producer even in cooler coastal regions.

Black Cherry 65 Days Ind.
One of the only having black skin. Color is a deep red, with blackish hues, Flavor is oustanding and this one rose to cult status right up there in popularity with Brandywine.

Black Mountain Pink 80 Days Ind.
An old and very rare Kentucky heirloom saved by Austin Isaccs. Huge pink fruits can grow over 3 lbs! Very dense flesh is a beautiful deep rose with garnet streaks. Flavor is outstanding. Seeds come from an abandoned homestead in the Black Mountain area of Harlan County,Kentucky around 1933.

Black Pear 80 Days Ind.
Mahogany fruits shaped like miniature pears. Potatoleafed Plants with exceptional taste. Dark brown tomatoes are shaped like miniature pears and flavored with an excellent, rich taste. Potato-leaved plants produce an abundance of these beautiful, 4 to 6 ounce fruit

Bloody Butcher 55 Days Ind.
Delicious, 2" diameter, red fruits grow on fast growing potato leafed vines. Sensational general use fruits have a rich heirloom flavor and a deep red color, inside and out. If it's hard for you to wait for ordinary tomatoes to ripen, try these. In less than 8 weeks, they're ready to enjoy... and enjoy you will. Plants will yield five to nine 2" fruits per cluster. Plants require staking, and will produce until frost. Indeterminate. Six hours or more of direct sun per day.

Box Car Willie 80 Days Ind.
Prolific yields of smooth, reddish-orange fruits averaging a large 10 to 16 oz.! With an old-fashioned flavor you'll remember from childhood, these high-yielding, multi-use tomatoes will last throughout the season and are ideal for canning, freezing, or for home-cooked meals. Crack-free and disease resistant

Cherokee Purple 85 Days Ind.
Large dark purple tomato from Tennessee is rumored to have come from Cherokee Nation. Oustanding flavor . One of the best Black Tomatoes.

Jaune Coeur De Pigeon 75 Days Ind.
Yellow plum shaped tomatoes. I inch brilliant yellow with a wonderful flavor

Paul Robeson 75 Days Ind
Russian Heirloom. One of the most highly regarded black tomatoes, Medium sized mohogany fruits with that classic salty, smoky taste. Original seed sent to SESE by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. The tomato was named after Paul Robeson, operatic vocal artist who was an advocate of equal rights for Blacks. His artistry was appreciated world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union.

Peron Sprayless 70 Days Ind.
Introduced in 1951 by Gleckler's from Argentina. Large, disease resistant, and they produce an abundance of 3-4-inch, uniform, smooth, red, round, fruits are above average in vitamin C and have a good balance of sweet to acid flavor. Good Container plant.

Porter 65 Ind.
Pink Cherry tomato. These large plants produce an abundance of tomatoes! The fruits are deep red in color, weigh about 4 ounces each, and are sunburn and crack resistant. An excellent canning tomato that does well in hot weather!

Prudens Purple 72 Ind.
Large potato leafed plant produces huge abundance of exquisite tasting 1 pound fruits. Rivals Brandywine in taste. Produces even in heat and with cool nights.

Salt Spring Sunrise 70 Days Ind.

Snow White 65 Days Ind.
1 inch white or pale yellow tomatoes are like candy on the vine. Prolific. Very pretty cherry tomato that matures to a cream color. Plants are highly productive and the fruits are sweet. The ivory-cream color persists throughout the fruit when cut.

Sugar Gem 71 Days Ind.
A huge sprawling plant producing heavily laden clusters of golf ball sized red fruit. Sweet! "Candy-on-the-vine"

Weeping Charley
An excellent-tasting, almost paste tomato, this variety produces big, fat Roma-shaped tomatoes, but these are sweeter and juicier than standard paste varieties, with good strong, real tomato flavor and heavy production

Yubileyny Tarasenko Ind.
Pointed egg-shaped, trusses with 15-27 fruits, very productive, Ukrainian, bred by famous amateur gardener Tarasenko

Zogola 85 Days Ind.
Luscious deep red beefsteaks. Out produces all others. Taste equal to its huge fruit. Rich and tangy, noble and strong. Tons of meaty tomatoes on disease resistant plants from Poland.

Squash, Melons, Cucumbers

Tuscan Canteloupe

Tuscan Melon is a small, round, very sweet melon. A perfect serving size for 2 people, these melons can be enjoyed freshly sliced for a wonderfully sweet summer snack. Tuscan Melon tastes very sweet with a high brix level and a rich honey finish, usually tasting sweeter than regular cantaloupe. Tuscan Melon has an orange flesh and a luscious flowery aroma which makes them a lovely addition to summer cooking. This melon variety is easily recognizable by its tan skin (like a cantaloupe) with dark green striations encircling the melon unlike any other type of melon. The flesh is indented slightly where there is dark green striping.
Store in refrigerator after picking.


Seeds I want:

Cabbage, Red and Green both
Cherry Tomatoes, more, more, more!
Gherkin Cucumber
San Marzano Tomato
Sunflowers, several kinds
Beans, Beans and more beans to plant for dry beans

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Strangely Shaped Potato

I don't quite know what to think about this one, but I grew it in my garden :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Requiem For the Fish

I have a small water garden on my deck at home. The garden has a fence of hardware cloth wired to the top and a ceramic pot in the bottom for the fish to hide. I also keep a fountain going in the pond. All this in an effort to keep the critters out and the fish in.

All in vain once again.

Last year it was a cat that kept coming back. I caught it actually down in the water chasing the fish. It caught every fish.

I did not see the predator this time. I checked on the fish at night and in the morning when I went to feed them the fence was crooked and the deck was littered with scales and bones.

I only put the little feeder goldfish from WalMart in the pond but these had grown to six or more inches long since spring.

When I do keep them through the summer I overwinter them inside. I have a seventy-five gallon tank with more goldfish in the basement. I will not be putting any more in the pond this fall.

The plant in the picture is a Dwarf Papyrus that I got at WalMart last year. I overwintered it in the basement fish tank. I put a flowerpot under the papyrus pot so the plant can stick out the opening at the back of the tank. The tank is by my plant grow lights so it does okay.

I also have Water Hyacinths in the pond. They are huge and have done absolutely splendidly this year. I have not been able to keep them happy through the winter. They turn yellow and melt.

Sunset Surprise

The night before the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna rolled into WV made for a spectacular sunset. Just look at that sky! My husband made the comment that the old saw about Red sky at night, Sailor's delight would have been wrong this time.

The surprise was in a different part of sky from the main event. I happened to turn around in time to catch this unusual display. The clouds look like the picture is sideways but it isn't as you can see by the trees. It was really neat and faded quickly. I was very lucky to catch it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jolly Green Giant? No, it's an Imperial Moth caterpillar, Eacles imperialis

Imagine my surprise when I caught sight of this fellow! At first I thought it was a misplaced Tomato Hornworm, but quickly realized Hornworms do not have hair. This one does not have a lot of hairs, but it does have some. I did not touch it as hairs can sting!

The caterpillar is eating the leaves of an Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperous virginiana, which is actually not a cedar at all but is a Juniper.

To see pictures of other caterpillars that have stinging hairs go to:

It is a beautiful pink and yellow moth when it is an adult.
This caterpillar is quite large.
It is bigger around than my index finger and almost an inch longer.

To see an excellent photo go here.

The Local Wildlife Approves

The wildflower garden at the cabin has been getting rave reviews from the local wildlife. In this picture there are two deer. One is right in the middle of the garden by the milkweed plant that I had to stake because they had knocked it down. The second deer is emerging from the garden on the left of the picture. There were four deer but the other two did not enter the garden this time.

A little later I looked out and saw a skunk scurrying as fast as it could headed for it's hole under the bird feeder. The skunk is the small black spot just to the left of the garden.

Soon after that the grounhog headed home. The groundhog burrow is just to the right of the birdbath base.

I am quite pleased that the garden is so popular. Often it is not very pretty because of the wildlife but it is there for them.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday, Honeysuckle, Lonicera albiflora

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in every Sunday. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

I smelled this Honeysuckle before I saw it. I was not expecting to see any blooming this late in the summer.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

87 Beans!

We went away over the long weekend and when I got home I picked 87 beans! I know they should have been picked every day, but sometimes it just doesn't happen.
I was pleased that my bean eating critter had not damaged a single one of the beans. I did not see a hole anywhere.