Gardening – Dreams of Spring

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I have been a Burpee customer for nearly twenty years. Their seeds are always high quality and the fruits and vegetables are delicious! Whenever I get a little fed up with winter and dream of warmer days and green growth sprouting out from soft ground, I look at the catalog and make a list of the things I’m going to grow in my container garden. Here are a few things I’m growing this year. You should look through the catalog and begin your list, and make sure you order them soon, so that you can start your seeds before the last frost. Click the link for the Burpee Seed Catalog

Super Sauce Tomato

This particular tomato excites me because I have been thinking about making pasta sauce from my tomatoes for years but I never grow Roma tomatoes because of their size. I like a meatier, heartier variety for salads and burgers,etc. But this tomato looks as if it might fit the bill for both sauce and for sandwiches.

From The Burpee website: It’s SuperSauce! The new tomato superhero. A whole lot bigger, a whole lot better, a Roma with aroma. Weighing in at 2 lb., a whopping 5.5″ tall x 5″ wide, SuperSauce produces gallons of luscious, seedless sauce from a single plant harvest – one tomato fills an entire sauce jar. Very few people in the gardening world consider a paste tomato for anything other than making paste or sauce. SuperSauce also makes a superlative salad tomato; it’s perfect for a meaty and tasty hamburger slice too. Indeterminate, disease-free plants yield a summer-long supply of the exquisitely flavored marinara, tomato gravy or meat sauce plus plenty for salads and slicing. SuperSauce takes 7-12 days to germinate.

Broccoli Gypsy hybrid

I love broccoli and fresh broccoli is worlds from the store-bought stuff. I’m giving this hybrid a try because if I’m not careful, my broccoli can develop mildew, and according to Burpee, this particular hybrid is mildew resistant.

From their website: ‘Gypsy’ broccoli is a very adaptable variety with a strong root system for summer or autumn crops, with uniform, well-domed heads with a medium-small bead size and medium-sized stem. Large, healthy plants tolerate heat and have some resistance to downy mildew. Harvest the plants when the broccoli buds of the head are firm and tight, cutting 5 to 10 inches down on the stalk. This will promote the growth of side shoots which will provide an abundance of smaller broccoli heads over a long period. We recommend ‘Gypsy’ for organic gardening.

Sugar Snap Peas

These are my go-to snap peas. I order them almost yearly and I get so excited seeing them sprout out. Tender, unbelievably sweet, I sometimes pick them and eat them raw. Even my son likes them straight from the stem!

From their website: We call these our “Renaissance peas” because of their virtuoso versatility. They’re delicious raw, steamed or stir-fried-and you eat them pod and all. The plant produces thick, full-size, ever so sweet snap peas-sweeter than famous Sugar Snap-and delectable in salads or appetizers and earlier, more productive and hardier.

I usually like to try something new every year. This year, I’m a trying out these Deep Purple Carrots!

Tall, healthy plants produce a profusion of purple roots for your eating pleasure!

Perfectly purple feast of color! Sweet 7–8″ tapered carrots make an irresistible ornamental display of color in salads, snacks or dips. Tall, healthy plants produce a profusion of purple for your eating pleasure! Color runs all the way through the root but will fade a bit when cooked, so use raw for full impact!

Make your own list and dream of warmer days with birds tweeting from the leafy branches, and fresh live things coming up from the ground. If you are wondering about starting your own garden, Burpee.com has plenty of tips and tricks and advice! Give them a try.

If you’d like to start a small garden or a container garden, check these books out at Amazon.

Square Foot Gardening

Container Gardens

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