Way back in December I drew up a plan for the 2012 garden and a budget to go with the plan. I allotted $20 for seeds in the vegetable garden. Well the first step towards this season's vegetable garden has been taken and after much flipping through catalogues and online perusing, the orders have been filled and my seed compartment in the fridge is overflowing. Let's see how I did.
From Heritage Harvest Seed in Manitoba came the heirloom seeds. Australian Brown Onion, Andrina cherry tomato, Bison and Martino's Roma tomato. This company has the most ridiculously huge selection of heirloom tomatoes I have ever seen and it was incredibly difficult to choose. In all I spent just under $20 - the amount I had originally intended to spend on my ENTIRE seed order this year.
In my defence, these are hard to find seeds and worth the money. I also forgot to budget for shipping. Something to remember next year. On the bright side they sent me a bonus packet of Starfire tomato seeds. After an entire winter without homemade tomato soup due to last summer's blight I'm dreaming of a huge harvest this year to make up for it.
The second order came from the Halifax Seed Company. Luckily I found myself in Halifax recently and was able to buy the seeds myself so there were no shipping charges. Still $18 later I have spent almost double what I said I would. I walked out with Chantenay carrots, Early Sugar Pie pumpkin, Laurentian rutabagas, Black Beauty zucchini, Mr. Big peas and a package of innoculent. I've never grown rutabagas or zucchini before so this will be a fun year. The pumpkins were a last minute addition and will likely end up growing not in the garden but on my loose compost pile. I've heard this is a good way to grow squash as they are heavy feeders and frankly, there's no room in the garden for that huge vine! But I couldn't resist. Pumpkin is a winter favourite here in cookies and sweet bread as well as soup. I also received a complimentary packet of mesclun lettuce when I purchased Niki Jabour's new book The Year Round Vegetable Gardener. Another bonus!
And then just when I thought I was done a dear relative emailed to say she had sent seeds in the mail for me! Peas, beans, chinese cabbage, kale, cauliflower, corn salad, giant red mustard, arugula, four kinds of lettuce, and two kinds of tomatos!! whew, that's a load of seed. So despite the fact that I overspent this year I've gotten much more than my money's worth with all the freebies.
Now it's back to the drawing board with the budget. Obviously $20 wasn't nearly sufficient for what I needed but I'm not keen for the whole budget to continue this way. Perhaps the extra $20 I spent can be deducted from somewhere else but what will I give up?