Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 Seeds

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It has been a busy week getting ready for this little one. I have been working every night after work and on weekends getting the room ready. Today while I was out running errands, I decided to make a run to my local nursery to see if they have gotten in their seeds for 2012. There are certain things like butter beans and field pea varieties that you simply won't find in the big box stores.

I was on the hunt for some white acre peas. Unfortunately those have not come in yet, but in preparation for their new seeds they had all their 2011 seeds marked down 50%. I scored six bags of seeds for $5.85. These were big packs too, 4 oz and 8oz packages. I was surprised at how many different varietys of field peas they had. I picked up a couple different varieties and next week they should have my personal favorite White Acre Peas.

The thing I love about going to a locally owned and operated nursery is you learn a wealth of information from the people that work there. For instance, I asked the owner today, "What do these peas taste like?" Not only did he answer my question, but then proceeded to tell me what all the "old timers" come in and buy.  That is good information because when it comes to field peas there are so many different varieties you can't possibly try them all in one season.  Knowing which varieties are most popular with seasoned gardeners was a good tip.  I am starting to get spring fever.

2 packages of Fordhook Limas
2 packages of Cangreen Limas
1 package of Zipper Cream field peas
1 package of Texas Cream field peas
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11 comments:

Ed said...

That's a great score. It'a always great to find a bargain like that. I've never grown lima beans, but have heard they are awesome when eaten right after being picked.

GrafixMuse said...

Great score!! Both on the seeds and the priceless information from the owner of your nursery.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

That's a pretty good bargain in anybody's book :o) they all look good...I'm getting depressed with the little land that I have and the big harvest I want to plant :o)

Kris said...

Ed - Lima beans or (butter beans as we call them down south), are excellent tasting. I grew the cangreen limas last fall and one 4×8 bed produced anough pods to fill up a five gallen bucket. I was quite surprised how well they did. I have heard the Fordhook variety is popular too so I am going to try those this spring.

Kris said...

Grafix - Thanks, I am truly blessed to have that nursery just minutes from my house.

Kris said...

Ginny don't be depressed. I go through phases of wanting more and more gardening space. Somehow I always come back to the realization that I can barely handle maintaining the little gardening area I do have. Besides, you can't work poor old Cecil to death. :-)

Aran M Cockburn said...

I LOVE bargains....

*hug*

Aran

Kris said...

Me too Aran.

Judith said...

I grew up in the south and now live in Maryland. I am looking for what I think is called "ladyfinger peas" or "cream peas" that we used to eat in southern Alamama. We shelled them and they were a very small little pea or bean, pale green and delicious. Can any of you gardening in the deep south help me find them?

Aran M Cockburn said...

Judith,

Could they be what are also known as petit pois? Really small baby peas that are so sweet?

Aran

Kris said...

Judith - From what you are describing and from my research those are a type of cow pea or field pea as we call them. They will probably be difficult to find if you don't live in the South, but you should be able to locate them online. Here is a website that has some in stock now.

http://www.reimerseeds.com/lady-cowpeas.aspx