Edible Plant Sale Goodness

Today I made it to one of my favorite events of the year, the Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale.  I arrived during the last two hours and was fortunate to be there when they announced 2-for-1 basil.  After acquiring some wonderful starts (young veggie plants) I decided to mosey down to some of the booths at the sale.  There I had a nice conversation with an employee from Hendrikus Organics (here are some links to their organic products and design work websites).  I mainly wanted to ask some questions about the man (Hendrikus) who has become a regular guest on my favorite (local) gardening show, “Gardening with Ciscoe.”  I’ll have to dedicate some post(s) to both of these guys for all the inspiration they give me but for now I’ll just leave it with a recommendation to check out Hendrikus’ photo gallery (on the design website).  The other booth I stopped at was that of a local nursery (within approximately an hour of Seattle) where I couldn’t resist purchasing a red twig dogwood (beautiful red twigs, duh) and eucalyptus tree (with gorgeous pale aqua-green elliptic leaves and red branches). 

Wikipedia (where I got this photo) describes Eucalyptus leaves:

on a mature Eucalyptus plant are commonly lanceolate, petiolate, apparently alternate and waxy or glossy green. In contrast, the leaves of seedlings are often opposite, sessile and glaucous. But there are many exceptions to this pattern.

I can see that I have a lot to learn about leaf morphology beyond the chart I posted yesterday.

Given that it was the last moments of the sale I deployed my typical “last minute of sale” strategy and successfully bargained for a little deal on the two items. 

Here’s what I came away with from the edible sale proper:

  • Lemon Veberenia
  • Cellery
  • Hops

and mostly early or cold tolerant varieties of:

  • Tomatoes (early, cherry)
  • Peppers (Hot-Jalapenos; Sweet ones)

lots of:

  • Basil (Italian Large Leaf; Italian Sweet; purple ones)

and some seed of:

  • daikon radish, pole beans, and chard.

It’s been a historically cool spring here in Seattle, a la La Nina (the cool wet counter-personality of El Nino), so later in the evening after I had long since been home, I remembered that I better bring my treasures inside for the cool night.  And because it’s cool still and will remain so for at least another month, I all of a sudden found new motivation to get my indoor veggie growing operation set back up.  I actually totally moved it into a new space that will allow for me to raise the height of the lights as my babies grow.  One of these days I’ll get supplies to build a simple row cover structure (a little green house).

We have some impending plumbing/electrical projects but a man has to have his priorities, right?  We actually made some good planning/layout progress (between my diversions of taking care of my green thumb addiction).  Speaking of “green thumb,” that’s actually the name of my personal tumblr (greenthumbmatt)… though most all of my green tendencies (and sharing about them) end up here on DIYnot.

—Matt