The last seed order I made, with Baker Creek, arrived this morning!
This was a last minute order that was not at all part of our garden plan for the year.
Interestingly, while the website warned that Canadian orders are now subject to duty, I did not have to pay anything when I picked up the package. There is a customs label on top of the original package label, and it says something about an exemption with a code on it, so I’ll assume that has something to do with it.
The Merlot lettuce we got as free seeds with our order are a variety we’ve grown before. We weren’t planning on growing lettuce in the garden this year, but still ended up with several packets of lettuce seeds! Now that we’ve got the cat barriers up, though, we might try growing some lettuce indoors, instead. That would probably be far more useful for us than trying to grow them in the garden and having to barricade them from critters.
The write up for the Mountain Morado corn now says these can be planted up to 2 weeks *before* last frost, so I might actually plant these this year, even though I have several other types of corn. It will depend on whether we can prepare a large enough plot for them, on top of all the other work we need to get done, like building trellis tunnels for the climbers. I intend to plant the popcorn in one of the low raised beds this year, and want to plant a variety of sweet corn, too, so this would make at least 3 varieties of corn we would need to make space for. We shall see.
We’ll be planting at least a few of the Spoon tomatoes, for sure; they did well for us when we grew them a couple years ago and, this time, we will be sure to keep seeds.
We’re still figuring out where we want to plant the two varieties of bread seed poppies we have; the only caveat is to plant them well away from each other, to reduce the chances of cross pollination, as we intend to treat them as perennials.
The salsify, we will definitely be planting this year, though they will be planted in deep containers – likely garbage cans we will be salvaging from the barn and garage, or in feed bags – so we can compare this variety with the others we have. With these, we won’t need to be concerned about having garden beds ready for them. Our top soil is way too shallow for salsify.
The sunflowers are still a “maybe”. If we do plant them, they will be direct sown. In the past, we grew giant sunflowers to act as wind breaks and privacy barriers, but we are starting to plant trees and bushes in those areas now, so we may not plant these this year at all. We shall see how our spaces work out. Plus, the deer really like sunflowers, so they need extra protection, too.
We’ve been expanding our gardens every years since we started – this will be only our 4th year of gardening since our move – but this year, we’re going to be building a lot more permanent structures, now that we have a better idea of what has been working, and what hasn’t. Most of that work has to be done by the middle of May, since the earliest direct sown seeds will go in at about that time or shortly after.
Here’s hoping the weather cooperates this year!
4 thoughts on “Our 2023 garden: last seed order has arrived”
Great blog post! It’s always interesting to hear about others’ garden plans. I’m curious, have you ever had to deal with customs duties when ordering seeds from other companies besides Baker Creek?
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The only other company from the US I have ordered from was Mary’s Heirloom Seeds, and that was a couple years ago. It was only this year that Baker Creek added the warning about possible customs duties for Canadians, so it sounds like these are recent changes in duties.
Great read! I’m curious, have you found any creative ways to make use of the excess lettuce seeds you received? Also, I’m interested to know more about the permanent structures you’ll be building in your garden. Could you share any plans or ideas you have? Thanks for sharing your gardening journey!
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Re: the seeds, not really. Last year, I just scattered the last of them in an empty spot, all mixed together. They did surprisingly well.
The permanent structures will be trellis tunnels and high raised beds. No real plans, other than to repeat what we’ve already done with our temporary structures using longer lasting construction.