Seeds / by Karie Luidens

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Okay, back to the seeds. Here’s what I got at last week’s seed swap, as transcribed from various printed and hand-scrawled labels: 

  • Japonica Striped Maize
  • Corn – Sweet / Guarijo Red
  • Pole Beans / Fortex
  • Bean – Royal Burgundy (Bush – Stringless)
  • Cushaw Winter Squash
  • NM Indian Squash (Placitas)
  • Pumpkin, small sugar
  • Halloween Pumpkin
  • Watermelon – Hopi Yellow / Bakers Creek Heirloom
  • Amaranth (hand-spooned from an open bowl, courtesy of the Garden’s Edge)
  • Tomato, Slicing / Costoluto Fiorentino
  • Tomatillo De Milpa
  • Pepper – Easy / Ancho Gigantea / Capsicum annuum
  • Chile Velarde 
  • Lettuce – Radicchio Rossa di Treviso (Cichorium intybus)
  • Carrot – Atlas (Daucus carota)
  • Chives, Common
  • Helianthus maximiliani / New Mexico Sunflower

Choosing these particular seeds involved a mix of careful forethought and jubilant spontaneity based on what others happened to have arrayed on the library’s tables. Now that they’ve joined me in awaiting the season’s final frost, I can turn my attentions to figuring out precisely where each one will go out there and why.