Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hope of Spring
My garden is definitely moving into heirloom varieties this summer. But I'm doing all this slowly since I am a new gardener and so far my heirloom tomatoes have been a catastrophe. But I do want to try a zucchini I found in Annie's Heirloom Seeds "coccozelle di Napoli." A striped heirloom from Naples. I'm a big fan of Italian cooking, so I'm a big sucker for any vegetable with an Italian name. I really wanted to try their "Cosse Violetta Pole Bean" but they were out when I ordered.
I did order their Merlo Nero Spinach and Purple Sprouting Broccoli. I use spinach and broccoli regularly in my cooking and I wish I could have some fresh right away. The seeds just came earlier this week and I'm thinking of getting a few started real early.
I'm thinking cold frame. Will it work? Can I do it? The back or our house has a sunny southern exposure which should be ideal according to the Rodale book I got for Christmas. So, I'm trolling the Internet for cold frames right now. Yes, I know we could build one from old windows and wood scraps cheaply, but I'm a suburbanite and I want to do the suburban thing and buy one. I'll keep you posted on my progress.