Thursday, February 18, 2010

And the winners are

I've ordered my seeds and as usual, have picked out a few new things as experiments. This year's winners are:

Genesis Cilantro. I've grown cilantro before but it always seems to bolt so darn quick. Genesis is supposed to be very slow to bolt, even in hot weather. We'll see if the experts and I agree on the definition of "very slow to bolt". 

 Flash Collard Greens. The kale has been such a success that I've decided to branch out even further. Collard greens aren't exactly a local staple here in Alberta, but I figure I've got the next 6 months or so to figure out what I'm going to do with them. 

 Zefa Fino Fennel. I know fennel grows well here and have just never gotten around to planting any myself. 

T&T Seeds "Big Three" toato collection. Growing tomatoes that actually ripen before the frost hits can be a real challenge. This year I'm trying three varieties, all developed on the Canadian Prairies.  Prairie Pride is from the University of Manitoba, Charlie's Red Stalker is from the Morden Research Station (Manitoba again), and Centennial Rocket comes from the Beaverlodge research facility, which is even further north than we are. Hopefully I'll find my perfect "eating" tomato out of this bunch.

Borealis Haskaps. Technically these aren't going in the garden. We'll plant them somewhere in the yard. Haskaps are a member of the honeysuckle family.  They are also called honey berries. Apparently they produce berries that taste like a cross between a raspberry and a blueberry. They're hardy to zone 2, grow quickly and produce a lot of berries within the first few years. I'm kind of going in blind because I've never seen a haskap bush, let alone tried and the berries, but what the heck - nothing ventured, nothing gained!


  1. Cilantro? Oh, be still my heart! Here's to hoping you have such a huge crop that you decide to bring armfuls of extra cilantro down to your garden challenged buddy in the South.

  2. Collard greens are SO TASTY! I make a gumbo z'herbes and you just throw in all kinds of great big leafy things:

  3. aha! I just found you here. Yay!!!
    Let me link you to something pretty. And foodie. Just found it the other day! your "how am I going to adapt this?" need for a challenge.
    And one more. of g-free. Yay!