[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]e are back. After a longer than anticipated hiatus that involved lots of drywall dust and late nights, getting to the home stretch with the restaurant. However, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been on plant patrol! We have continued to order cool seeds and plant for the greenhouse and the patio. The greenhouse should be in place in the next week or so and then we can bring you some live shots of it coming together. In the meantime we thought we would share some of our cool finds arriving in a few days from Richter’s. They are another great online resource for herbs in particular, seeds & plants.
Richter’s is a nursery located in Canada, so you really want to plan ahead and ensure that you only need to place one order. This is our first time ordering from them as well so we will see what condition the plants are in when they arrive, but they have some great varieties we haven’t found elsewhere. They offer both organic and regular seeds and plants and have a really cool section called Seed Zoo, which showcases heirloom varieties of rare legumes, fruits and veggies from locales in Italy, Africa and other places. We are looking into the Italian legumes a little more to see how they might fare in Ohio River Valley soil at Cakeridge (our chefs farm).
O.K. so that’s the basics, now on to the plants! Back in February, we had discussed the idea of growing caper bushes from seed. Alas, with some research we learned that this is an extraordinarily challenging plant to grow from seed with a low success rate for germination. We may attempt it next year, but we thought that this being our rookie year, we would opt for bushes and retain some seeds to experiment with for next spring.
Beyond the caper bushes, we ordered some Provencal blue lavender for borders, Kaleteiri Oregano, prized for its culinary value in Greece. We found a sweet pear-mint hybrid which sounded too delicious not to try. We also ordered some organic, longstanding cilantro seeds and a few plants. For those of you who have grown cilantro, you know it has a tendency to go to seed very early in the season. Even pinching it back doesn’t completely solve the problem. We will see if these seeds extend their season.
Rounding out our selections from Richter’s were Dalmatian sage. This varietal has a smaller leaf and less intense volatile oil concentration lending nicely to mediterranean flavors. We also ordered some Neapolitan large leaf basil and of course we will have Genovese as well.
We will plant some climbing nasturtiums in the patio and mix them with some other herbs and butterfly friendly flowers. Ahhhh summer can’t come soon enough!