Seed list 2013 – my year of experimental growing


In my last blog post I wrote about the seedlings that I’ve got growing/germinating/thinking about (hopefully) germinating in January. I’ve also been right through my seed collection and grouped everything into zip lock bags, an idea I saw someone post on twitter – last year I had a disaster with an automatic watering system so waterproofing is required! Instead of ordering the seeds by type, I’ve ordered them by month in the hope that I’ll be a bit more organised and I won’t forget to sow things, like the cucumbers I forgot last year.

I’ve totally discovered that I have far too many though! Some seeds simply won’t get sown, so I’ll prioritise new unopened packets and the seeds that I’ve gathered myself over any open ones that I’ve carried over, as they could be a bit dodgy.

Here’s the list!

Broad beans – Karmazyn and Aquadulce Claudia
Leeks – Mammoth Blanch and Musselburgh
Sweet Peas – various varieties
Tomatoes – Every year I grow a variety that my mum also grows, Sugar Plum. They’re the best! I saved the seeds from my crop. The sugar plums are late developers so I’ll be experimenting with some other varieties and sowing them in Jan & Feb then the sugar plum in March.
Lobelia – String of Pearls
Sprouts – Evesham Special
Sweet Pepper – Californian Wonder & Ingrid
Chilli – Cayenne (I saved from my crop last year), Anaheim and Jalapeno
Celery- Golden Self Blanching
Cabbage- January King (I think these are the big beastie ones!)
Cornflowers – mixed
Peas – Purple Podded & Douce Provence
Wildflowers – mixed packets that were given to me for the Bees
Beetroot – Boltardy
Radish – French Breakfast 3
Sunflowers – Velvet Queen
Asters – Mixed variety that I bought in Amsterdam
Carrots – Nantes Early, Resistafly F1, Amsterdam 2, Cortina & Purple Haze
Nasturtiums – Mixed Whirlybird
Dwarf French Beans – Amethyst
Runner beans – ‘Selby Beans‘ saved over from my crop
Stocks – Mixed
Cucumber – femspot F1 & Crystal Lemon (the round ones!)
Courgette- Atena Polka
Cauliflower – Purple Cape
Squash – Summer Satellite, Winter Uchiki Kuri & Cornell’s
Swiss Chard – Rainbow Mix
Black & White Kidney Beans
Turnips – Golden Balls! Oddly, while I was sorting, Mark’s Veg Plot posted this about his golden balls.
Spring Onions – Summer and White Lisbon Winter Hardy
Mustard – for green manure
Various Herbs and Salads – you name it, I grow them in pots everywhere, mixed in with my flowers.

Things I’m missing and need to buy:
Broccoli – Organic Green Sprouting
Curly Kale!!!

I’ve been banging on about these and would you believe it, I don’t have any yet!

The other things I grow are Rocket potatoes and Turbo & Red onions from sets. I usually get the onions from Wilkinsons and they’ve never let me down. My mum traditionally buys me the Rockets from their local market and starts chitting them for me. I think this tradition is rather cute so I’ll carry on this year. I need to confirm where she got last year’s from though because they were poor. However, that could have been due to the weather.

I also grow fruit but I don’t think I’ll be adding to what I already have. You can guarantee that every time I visit a garden centre I will come out with something though and I’ll be given lots of plants and vegetables. Adam will no doubt want to sow a load of flowers too. Good job I love gardening!

I’m on holiday in Andorra next week and if I get any spare time I’ll be thinking about my crop rotation and I’ll share some plans at a later date. Have I missed anything from my list?! What have you got planned for 2013? Do you have any tips you can share?

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32 Responses to “Seed list 2013 – my year of experimental growing”

  1. Sue@GLAllotments January 4, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I think we all generally end up with too many seeds to sow!

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Yep, being a gardener is about being optimistic I guess!!

  2. Back Garden Growing January 4, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    That’s a good idea with the ziplock bags which I may also adopt. Anything to be a bit more organised!

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Last year my seeds got in such a jumble and then the automatic watering accident wiped a load of them out! I wanted some way of organising them by month and was looking for a nice drawer or box where I could sort them with cards per month, then I saw the ziplock bags on twitter and bingo! The March and April bags are really stuffed full!

  3. Anna January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Grouping by month is such a good idea so many of the packets of seeds I buy get lost in the vast quantity I seem to have and never get planted, think I might have to poach this idea! My seed wish list mostly matches with yours, I think I might also try different basils :)

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Poach away Anna! I see you have a Mozzy Mr?! My husband is called Adam but his nickname (based on his surname) is Moss! I’ve met a few gardening Annas now through blogging but never one who also has a Mozzy Moss! Thanks so much for dropping by :) !!

      • Anna January 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

        Ha ha! That’s so weird! Glad to hear it though :)

  4. Jo January 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    That’s a good idea with the bags. I also sort my seeds in to months to be sown, but I keep them in a box separated by dividers for each month. I think I’ve just about got everything I need now for this year, but I still need to sort them in to months. Have a lovely holiday.

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Hiya Jo! I think sorting by month is definitely the way forward. Thanks so much for dropping by and for your comment :)

  5. January 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    What a crop you’re going to have, Anna. You mentioned rocket potatoes, but what about fresh Rocket, the herb?Lovely peppery flavour! Enjoy Andorra – maybe some nice garden pictures or are you taking to the slopes?

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Hello! I shall be hitting the slopes but you can guarantee I’ll also be snooping around for some nice gardens or flowers under all the snow! Yes, I love rocket and have a host of herbs and salads that I grow. I grow my rocket at the house in a pot, it can spread like mad can’t it, so I don’t grow it in my raised beds and I keep it handy for the kitchen. Thanks so much for dropping by :)

  6. Ricki Grady January 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I can’t imagine that you will have ANY spare time, but boy, will you have a feast of a garden! I’ll be watching to see how it goes.

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      You’re right, spare time is something I just dream about nowadays!

  7. gardeningnaturallywithclaudia January 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    You are so organized – how large of an allotment do you have? Enjoy your vacation, and dream of spring.

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      It’s a full size plot but I can’t remember the exact measurements, I’m planning on doing some proper measuring up, so I’ll let you know. It’s not big enough, that’s for sure but when I first got it, it seemed huge. I will definitely be dreaming of spring :) Thanks so much for your comment!

  8. PJ Girl January 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    The bees are going to LOVE your garden… and what a feast you’ll have! I sorted my seeds out according to “Leaf, Flower, Root or Fruit” last year as I was trying lunar planting and life was obviously not difficult enough! Ha, ha!
    Have a great holiday Anna x

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Haha! I hear a lot about lunar planting and am intrigued by it. When I did my night gardening it was a full moon, does that count? Thanks so much for your comment :) x

  9. djdfr January 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Good idea for the organisation. I tend to group the packets with a rubber band that get sown together such as spring lettuce, squash, tomatoes, summer lettuce, winter lettuce.
    We are currently enjoying Yellow Globe turnips. They go so nicely with carrots.

    • Anna B January 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      This will be my first year for turnips! I’m hoping I’ll get a few to go with carrots too :) Thanks for dropping by!

  10. gardeninacity January 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Hold up, you’re getting ahead of me! I’m developing a serious case of Seed Envy.

    • Anna B January 5, 2013 at 12:02 am #

      Dude, if we lived nearer I would happily swap / donate. I have too many!! Racking my brains as to how I will fit all this in!!

  11. wellywoman January 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I love the idea of grouping your seeds together by month in those bags. Last year I went through my seed box and found I had loads of seeds that I just didn’t fancy growing so I donated them to my local community garden for them to use. Seeds are expensive and the garden doesn’t have much money so I hope they helped them. Have a great time in Andorra. I look forward to reading about it when you get back. WW

    • Anna B January 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Hello Wellywoman! Thanks for your comment. I am now back and thinking about my next post! Great idea about donating seeds. They are expensive indeed and I think that’s a really good idea to give them away. Having far too many to grow ourselves is very easily done! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  12. Anna January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Now that looks like a serious sowing list :) I have still got to get to the chronological order stage. Hope that you have a great holiday.

    • Anna B January 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Hello Anna! Thanks for your comment. I did have a great time :) Back to reality now though :/ Thanks for dropping by!

  13. notjustgreenfingers January 9, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    I think i’m a collectamaniac when it comes to seeds. I spent the last few days sorting them ready for this year and i’ve given loads away lol.

    • Anna B January 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Hello Mrs Thrift! So, you’re another admirable one who gives away the spares! I like that. It’s all about sharing with gardening isn’t it. I’m definitely a collectamaniac too!

  14. Patricia Mason (@WoodlouseHouse) January 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Now why didn’t I think about ordering seeds by month instead of all at once! Too late now!

    • Anna B January 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Hello Patricia! It’s taken me about 10 years to get to month by month and I have no idea if it will really make me any more organised! I guess it’s whatever works and if all else fails, experiment! Thanks so much for dropping by :)

  15. Hannah March 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I wish I was as good as you are at saving seed. I did try to save some runner bean seed last year but I think I let it get too hot in the drying out stage:(

  16. alderandash February 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    I might have to try this! I’m always forgetting to sow things…or meaning to sow more, and not remembering til Autumn!


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