The pre-dawn scene in my kitchen, ready and waiting for my seed order:
And here it is, submitted at 6:51 AM to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds:
-----------------Individual Item Breakdown-----------------
Item Ref. Price ea. Qty. Description
St. Valery (carrot)
Fine Verde Basil
Sweet Chocolate (sweet pepper)
Chaco Canyon (runner bean)
Oriole Orange Chard (swiss chard)
Sugar Snap (peas)
Butternut - Waltham (squash)
Turner Family Pumpkin
Aunt Ruby's German Green (tomato)
Tomatillo - Verde
Paul Robeson (tomato)
------------------------End of Order-----------------------
Not shown here, but to be added from other sources are poblano peppers, sweet potato, flat leaf parsley, and Chiapas Wild cherry tomato.
I'm going to have to expand beyond the farm and into the ornamental garden, but that's okay. I think some of the vining plants would look good there. I'll just have to watch that the dogs don't get to my harvest before I do.
I used most of the suggestions that people sent in--there were so many good ones that it was hard to edit any out! Even so, I made slight changes in a few instances. For example, scarlet runner beans, according to the seed catalog, like cool climates, so I substituted Chaco Canyon instead. Perhaps not as pretty, but a little hardier for my conditions. Other substitutions were made on the basis of availability from Baker Creek (I wanted to do as much one-stop shopping as possible).
The Chaco Canyon beans come from one of my native states, New Mexico. Seeds from this plant were unearthed in an archeological dig, and so they go way back. It feels right to plant these, both for climate/enviro reasons and cultural ones, since it ties me to a long tradition.
And how could I not grow a gourd called "Birdhouse?"
Thanks so much to everyone for all your ideas. It makes the farm a community effort and a richer experience. I'm a little overwhelmed and intimidated--I've never tried to grow an entire kitchen garden from seed before, let alone one so large. I'm excited to see how it goes.
Now I wait and check the mail...