Thursday, March 17, 2011

Seeds: They're Here

The 2011 seeds are starting to arrive and the beautiful! So far the Slo Bolt Cilantro, Catskill Brussels Sprouts, and Green Zebra and Cherokee Purple tomato seeds have arrived. We have never ordered from Baker Creek before so I'm interested to see how these seeds perform, particularly the cilantro. We had beautiful cilantro last year but it turned into woody little stalks in the blink of an eye.  

Usually we grow some tomatoes from seed and buy some seedlings but this year I'm trying to only use plants we grow. We fell in love with the Cherokee Purple last year. We bought a plant at a local nursery and it produced gorgeous fruit. We also bought lots of Green Zebras at the farmer's market last year so we figured we might as well grow some of those too. 

I also find it endearing that Baker Creek sends you a free gift. We got a pkt of "Love-in-a-Mist" flowers. 

And finally, I found the seed packet that produced the mega-parsnip in case anyone is interested

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Welcome to our blog. For those of you familiar with garden blogs, Parsnip.Love may not seem like an odd name. For the rest of you, let me explain why we chose it. Every so often you pull something out of the garden that makes you stand back and go "wow." This is sometimes followed 30 seconds later with the thought "This has to go on the internet." Last Saturday this happened to us. We pulled this 9 month old forgotten, behemoth of a parsnip out of the garden and we wanted to share it with the world. 

And anticipating that the next question would be "well, what did it taste like?" I can tell you it was sauteed with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon and it was tasty. Many thanks to Joan Gussow's book This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader for peaking my interest in parsnips!