Tuesday, March 6, 2012

vegetable and fruit seed inventory

this is where i keep our seeds. it is hand-made, old and beautiful. it has 11 drawers - 3 of which have 9 compartments. i love keeping our seeds in this treasure. i believe that seeds are treasures. and what better place to keep them eh?

i am not trying to bore anyone to death with our seed inventory. i just want to keep a running list of our inventory and what better place to do so than on a blog. ya, i know. but as i said in my previous post on our inventory of herb seed, jambaloney will make us an access database and then i will be able to identify the seeds, date them and have a spot to comment on their viability, etc., and run metrics reports. until then, you are stuck reading about seeds – teehee!

Vegetable Seed


ASPARAGUS: jersey giant

BEAN: stringless blue lake, provider, kentucky wonder, hutterite soup, painted lady, lazy housewife, ireland creek, cherokee trail of tears, bountiful bush, tender green bush, soldier, light red kidney, arikara yellow bush

BEETS: detroit dark red, early wonder, bull’s blood, winter keeper

BROCCOLI: de ciccio, romanesco, bell star

BRUSSEL SPROUTS: jade cross, long island improved

CABBAGE: early jersey wakefield, artost, super red 80, golden acre, chinese

CARROT: scarlet nantes, arrowhead, rainbow, napoli, chantennay red cored

CAULIFLOWER: all season blend

CELERY: tango

CORN: bon appetite, golden bantam 8

CUCUMBER: straight 8, long green, armenian yard long, national pickling, double yield, sweeter yet, summerdance

KALE: black tuscan, dwarf blue curled scotch, heirloom mix

LETTUCE: gardener’s mesclun mix, arugula, paris island, batavian endive, black seeded simpson, red oak leaf, romaine, gourmet heirloom leaf mix, australian yellow leaf, forellenschluss, rouge d’hiver

MELON: hale’s best canteloupe, collective farm woman, earlichamp, small shining light, malali, amish

ONION: norstar, rossa di milano, alyssa craig, red beauty, yellow utah, bunching

PAK CHOI: win win choi

PEAS: super sugar snap, sabre, lincoln, oregon sugar 2, winged, dwarf grey sugar, cupani’s original, snow peas, sugar snap, shelling

PEPPER: california wonder, jalapeno, pimont chili, golden treasure, yankee bell, long red cayenne, tolli’s sweet italian, yellow wonder, orange bell, orange sun, bullnose, orange thai, quadrato d’asti giallo, super shepherd, king of the north, jimmy nardello’s sweet italian frying, alma paprika, buran, early jalapeno

PUMPKIN: small sugar, rouge vif d’etampes

RADISH: champion, cherry belle, french breakfast, chinese april cross

RUTABAGA: helenor

SQUASH/ZUCCHINI: winter, black beauty, rich green, golden dawn 3, anton, sunburst, magda, waltham butternut

SPINACH: bloomsdale, galilee, red malabar

SWISS CHARD: lucullus, ford hook giant, five colour silverbeet

TOMATOE: cheeseman’s, bloody butcher, riesentraube cherry, green zebra, martino’s roma, morden yellow, clark’s early jewel, black brandywine, amish paste, window box roma, rutger’s, bullheart, pink roma, beefsteak, yellow pear, big beef, cherokee purple, costoluto genovese

Fruit Seed

GROUND CHERRY: aunt molly’s


teehee. yep that's it for fruit seed. for this year at least. with gorgeous wild fruit readily-available in the woods and fields here, we decided not to worry about fruit this year.

Wild Fruit available on our land, or very close-by







and with the Annapolis Valley nearby, whenever pears, peaches, plums, apples, other berries, etc. are in season, we have easy access to that fresh fruit as well. next year will be the year to figure out where to set up an orchard and berry garden. this year we are focusing on the veggies.


  1. Wow that's a lot of seeds!! Love the way you store them too. :)

    1. thanks Joey, buddy! i think we got that little desk thingy at a yard sale for like $5 bucks or something. so much work went into building it...i am very proud to own it and keep my treasures in it!

  2. Its good for when SHTF, you can use them as barter. Senior and I have to order more, we only have one seed bank right now..

    1. JUGM - seed banks are very important. and having seed banks in different locations - even more so!

  3. No wonder I get uneven results when I plant from seed, they are upset about their accomidations.

    1. Russell - they want good accomodations buddy! really, it's true! bahahahahah!

  4. Oh kymber - I want a desk like that too - it's STUNNING! Lucky Lady :)

    1. Dani - it is beautiful. and someone really took some time in constructing it. i am simply honoured to be able to store my precious seeds in it!

  5. Practical Parsimony.blogspot.comMarch 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I love the seed cabinet! I did not know there were strawberry seeds. Pants were $10 last year, so I decided I would never have strawberries to grow. That's one more thing to figure out,

    1. PracticalP - i have ordered a bunch of seed from Vessey's in the past 6 years. Vesseys is a family-owned farm on Prince Edward Island, an island near us. i can vouch for their seed. they ship to the US. and they have temptation strawberries that they ship to the US and these can be grown in pots!!! the strawberry seed cost $4.35 a package plus shipping. have a look:


  6. I love the little seed storing cabinet! I have mine in a bag in the stairwell :(

    1. Donna - i carted mine around in bins and bags for years. now i have finally found a beautiful home for my seeds and am using a hand-made piece of furniture that i previously had no use for! win-win all around!

  7. Have you tried growing purple pole beans? They are even good in salads, no fuzzy skin like green beans.

    Have you grown the Cherokee purple tomatoes before? I tried them one year but found that after they ripened, they tended to go rotten very quickly. They are quite tasty, but you really have to keep an eye on them, or you'll find yourself asking "What's that smell?" - rotten tomatoes of course

    For pumpkins, try the Musquee de Provence if you can find some seeds. They are very sweet, and unblemished ones keep for months in dry storage. You shouldn't have as much trouble as I do with the short growing season gamble. The only downside is that they seem to get quite big, ranging between 10 and 45 pounds.

    1. Mrs. S. - thanks so much for stopping in and leaving such a great comment! i just checked out your blog and have become a follower. if you would like me to add your blog to our blogroll just let me know!

      i have never grown purple pole beans but must admit i don't like fuzzy skins on the green beanx. thanks for the tip, i will check those out!

      i grew the cherokee purple for the first time last year. and as our harvest was dismal, we ate them off the vine. we didn't have any extra to can or dry - how do you process your cherokee purples for storage?

      i will definitely try the MdP pumpkins. thanks again for your advice and i hope to see you here again!

      your friend,

    2. Kymber,
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. That would be just fine if you wanted to add my blog to your blogroll. At the moment, my blog is a bit of a dead end because I haven't added any links to my favorite blogs - my bad.

      One of the few catalogs I have found that carries purple pole beans is Gurneys. Over the years, their selection has reduced a bit. Overall their products are good, except for the cucumbers. One year, an entire package didn't sprout.

      As far as the Cherokee purple tomatoes, I don't know their acid content. If you can find some way of determining how acidic they are compared to red tomatoes, that will give you an idea about whether they are safe to can as a high acid fruit. When we have extra yellow beefsteak and yellow brandywine tomatoes in the summer, I normally use them up by making a large batch of marinara sauce and freezing it, because the yellow tomatoes should not be canned. I have never tried drying fruit, because in our area there is a lot of humidity in the summer, the sun doesn't provide enough heat, and running a dehydrator just feeds the electric company.

      You will find plenty of pictures of the MdP pumpkins in the archives on my blog. Just processed and froze the insides from the biggest one (42#) a couple weeks ago. There are still two sitting on a shelf in the dining room waiting to be processed.

  8. Nice seed storage, BTW I don't think it's legal to grow Kentucky Wonder Beans that far North.

    1. Dear Duke - bahahahahha! i checked the provincial/state laws and Kentucky encourages that Wonder Beans be grown everywhere - even in Canada - bahahahahah!

  9. mmasse, buddy - i got the seeds from several different shops. do you want me to list them all out for you? send me an email at kymberzmail@gmail.com

  10. It is a treasure chest for sure Kymber! I love it!!

    I can't wait to see how your veggies grow.

    Your southern spicey friend!!

  11. my spicey NM friend - i am doing everything in my power this year to create a great harvest. cross your fingers with me, eh?