My order of vegetable seeds for next spring from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has arrived! Somehow there is something very satisfying about stacks of seed packets, filled with so much promise of things to come.
Fun with seed packets
My order included three Indian eggplant varieties (two from Tamil Nadu and one from Kashmir), two varieties of melon (one Afghan and one Uzbek), an Iranian winter squash, an Iraqi water melon, an Indian chili pepper, Portuguese kale, mâche, and two varieties of rice. Of course, I will not be able to grow proper quantities of all of these on the modest garden plot that belongs to my apartment, so further selections may have to be made. The rice is entirely an experiment; after spending much of my childhood desperately wanting to grow rice plants - I know, I was weird; but I was just mesmerized by all those pictures of rice paddies in travel magazines and glossy coffee table books, and I still think that the rice plant (Oryza sativa) has some of the most beautiful shades of green in the plant world - and not being able to buy rice that was not hulled and polished anywhere, I simply could not resist the opportunity to buy these seeds.