Happy NEW YEAR folks!!! I don't think I'm alone in being thankful that 2012 is through. Between Jamie's medical saga, epic farm-wedding preparations, becoming caretakers of three new sheep and dozens of new chickens, it's been quite the ride! In all of these ways and more it was my most challenging year yet, but in other ways it was so full of growth, new friendships, powerful memories, garden successes, and artistic development. Obviously I have a few lists of things "to-do" but if they don't get done in 2013 it's no big deal. I wrote them way back in the summer anyway, so they're ongoing. One of the things on those lists was to save seeds and I did! I saved seeds from Stowell's Evergreen Corn, McCaslan 42 Pole Beans, Tam Jalapeno Peppers, De Bourbonne Cucumbers, and Sugarbaby Watermelon. Last night we watched movies and I bagged everything up safe and sound.
We actually have a surplus of the beans and jalapenos so if you are interested, send me an email at mckenzieditter at gmail dot com with your address and I'll mail you a couple baggies. Both were very disease and pest resistant, and also incredibly prolific growers. The beans grow very tall (10+ feet!) and have tons of beans on each plant. I'd recommend at least 8" spacing between each one, but our best producing plant was over a foot away from the next because a couple seeds never germinated and I didn't notice in time to fill in the gap. You can pick them while they're small and they're string-less or let them grow long and they're still great for eating fresh but I would definitely string them before you do.
The jalapenos were enormous and sturdy plants and each one produced close to a hundred peppers through the season. I'd space them apart at least two feet, but a bit more is probably better. Pick them when they're small and they're not too spicy. When they're sized "just right" the flesh is still not too spicy for me, but the seeds are smokin' hot! (I am very sensitive to spice, so if you're a spice fanatic, these might be too mild for you.) They kept producing late through the season since we consistently harvested the peppers.
Seeds aside, I want to say thank you to everyone who kept coming to my blog during this past year. There were some pretty dark times here, so I really appreciate your help getting through them. I have such sincere "readers," though I dislike that term and would prefer to call you faraway-friends. Hope your first day of 2013 is off to a good start!
What small things are you happy to have accomplished in 2012?