Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Good Fortune

Green Gal, welcome to the blog!

more seeds
A few weeks ago, my blogging buddy, mac (Winnie) offered to send me some veggie seeds from her own collection. As reader of her High Desert Garden blog, I knew that she grew many interesting varieties of veggies, particularly Asian ones. I was very excited to accept her offer. What I didn't know at the time was the amount of generosity that this would involve. I came home last night to find a large package containing 35 neatly labeled yellow mini-envelopes, each containing an interesting variety of vegetable. Many of these are ones that I've considered purchasing but haven't gotten around to it. Here is a complete list of what she sent:

*Anahu Tomato
Anuenue Lettuce
Bok Choy - Dwarf
*Bok Choy - Extra Dwarf
*Bok Choy - Shanghai
Carrots - Carnival Blend
*Cherokee Purple Tomato
*Chinese Kale
*Choy Sum
Couer de Pigeon Juane Tomato
Daikon Radish (Chinese)
Daikon Radish (Korean)
Dawson's Russian Oxheart Tomato
Green Grape Tomato
*Green Zebra Tomato
*Hawaiian Chili
Heading Mustard
*Komohana Grape Tomato
Korean Lettuce
Leaf Mustard
Manoa Lettuce
*Napa Cabbage
Napa Cabbage - Mini
Perilla Leaf
Puakea Cauliflower
Rosa Bianca Italian Eggplant
San Remo Paste Tomato
Sierra Gold Cantaloupe
Thai Holy Basil
Taiwanese Eggplant
Tokyo Cross Turnip
Watermelon Radish

Also, Daphne was kind enough to share with me some excess seeds that Winnie had sent to her, including Thai Watermelon, *Michihili (Chinese type) Cabbage and Black Krim Tomato.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH Winnie! Words cannot adequately express my gratitude! I feel like I've hit the seed jackpot as it seems that I am now set (as far as Asian greens are concerned) for at least the next few years. I am very excited to try all of these varieties, a few of which sound winter hardy.

Finally, it would be wrong of me if I didn't offer to share my good fortune with my readers who may have an interest in growing some of these vegetables. I have placed an asterisk "*" next to the seeds I have more than enough of and would be happy to share. First come, first served. All you have to do is drop me an email.

Thanks again Winnie! :)


  1. How generous a gift! Enjoy all those tasty things.

  2. Aw, man....what a nice score! I like seeing all the different things you grow - they're very interesting varieties.

  3. I finally joined your blog, your my first! I'm having trouble uploading a picture, tomorrow I will try again.

    I'm sure your seeds will provide you with some great things this year.

    Take care.

  4. Congrats on all the seeds! I'm a little jealous... Happy sowing!

  5. Wow Thomas, you are a fortunate young man and are going to be busy! Isn't it wonderful?

  6. I am always just amazed at how generous people are with both their knowledge as well as with material things - such as seeds. That was indeed a real gift and I am sure you will think of her as you grow these items and harvest them in your own garden.

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  9. Wonderful! I just love our "blog family", they always surprise! Have fun with all your new goodies!

  10. A major score!
    I'm always impressed by the great people one meets in the blogging world.

  11. What a wonderful gift! That'll keep your garden full for the next couple of years.

    Have you ever had the Asian Kale that is supposedly like broccoli? I think it has thick stalks which are diced and stir-fried. I have almost ordered it so many times....just curious if you have ever seen it/ cooked with it.

  12. Mac is very generous isn't she? Now you ought to be set for seed. I have no clue where I'm going to stick it all right now. I'll find a way I'm sure.

  13. Hey Kelly, there are several types of Asian kale/broccoli. I grow a variety last year that had thin stalks the size of asparagus. I know that there are other types that have very thick stalks called Choy Sum. Winnie/Mac sent me a bunch. If you want, I can send you some.

  14. This is wonderful, Thomas. Can't wait for things to start so I can follow along and learn.

  15. Wow, Thomas - that is an impressive collection of seeds! I wish I had enough garden space to take you up on your offer, but things are going to be tight this year. I can't wait to watch as you grow all these wonderful veggies!

  16. Wow - what a great friend! Looks like you will have one fantastic garden! I love your blog - nice work!

  17. You will have a lot of work sowing those seeds... lucky you!
    My whole vegetable seed list doesn’t have this many veggies.

  18. Wow! Wish I was in the States, I would take you up on some of those seeds! Can't wait to see what you harvest. :)

  19. I think it is the thinner variety I have almost purchased many times...but I will double check on that. How was the flavor of the stuff you grew? You are inspiring me to grow those asian greens with your mouth-watering recipes.