NEW: Incredible Heirlooms Summer Spice Round Robin

sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)July 6, 2009

Hey All,

This month's Incredible Heirloom's Swap is Summer Spice!! Why don't we all add a little spice and excitement to our lives and a little flavor to our dishes!

The idea behind this swap is to enjoy some heat, spice, or flavor explosions.

We will be swapping any kind of hot or sweet peppers, onions, herbs, edible flowers or anything that adds flavor or heat to your favorite dishes...

Please give your partner the equivilant of 5-6 full pack of seeds. More can be sent, if you and your partner agree to send more. And it is always ok to sample some of the seeds out of a freshly bought packet yourself, just make sure you send your partner enough seeds to get a good crop. And feel free to add a spicy favorite recipe if you would like.

Sign Ups will be until July 20th. Then on the 21st I will post Partners!

Please make sure to send out your seeds by August 14th . That should give us all plenty of time to contact our partners, and gather seeds together, or to place a seed order .

If you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask :)

I am totally stoked about being back and swapping again...spice is very nice!

...it has been a rough few months but things are looking bright again(knock wood) and I have missed you guys....it feels good to be back :)

Donna :)

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booberry85(5)

Sorry that you had a rough couple of months, but glad you're back and smiling. I love summer! I love spice! Please sign me up!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 6:59PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Hi Donna, and welcome back! I haven't been able to swap much the past couple of months either, just too much going on, and it does feel good to be back again.

So if we love flavorful foods, fresh herbs and spices, but can't handle hot peppers, can we still participate? If so, sign me up.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 7:58PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

You can absolutely still sign up Bonnie...just let your partner know that hot peppers are a no for you ....and welcome aboard to you and Becky too :-)

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 10:36PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

So far, so good.

Right now our little group consists of:
SunnyK/Donna
Booberry85/Becky
Highalttransplant/Bonnie

Dont be shy folks!! Come on in and sign on up :-)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 9:08PM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

I am thinking about it. Although I love spicy stuff, my stomach does not, so unfortunately, I can't eat the spicy type foods. But the swap is tempting,,,,
Christy

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 12:41AM
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booberry85(5)

Christy, I'm not necessarily thinking of spicy food, but the things that add lots of flavor lots punch to your food. Yeah, hot peppers are a big one (No I haven't lots my mind. I still love hot peppers). However, I'm also thinking:
cilantro
basil
oregano
marjoram
cumin
onions
leeks
chives
scallions
Lemon grass /lemon balm
mint
ginger
horseradish
radish
arugula
watercress
nasturtiums
tarragon

It's anything that can pack a punch of flavor.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 6:53AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Exactly what Becky said!! Flavor is the key :-)
(heat is nice....but not for everyone )

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 10:15AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

C'mon Christy...you know you want to sign up. I could partner you up with Bonnie as she doesn't do Hot Peppers either....c'mon that would be so perfect!

Please dont make me beg......although I will if that's what it takes LOL!!!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 10:13PM
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booberry85(5)

Where are you Christy? Whoo Hoo (waving arms)! Over here! Over Here!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 7:03AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

I am going to keep sign ups open another few days , as I am hoping to get just one more participant so we will have two pairs of swappers :)

C'mon folks, no need to be shy....and no need to fear the chile peppers. Summer Spice can be anything that adds flavor, so no need to swap the hot stuff if you dont use them :)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 2:51PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

Sign me up please.

Patti

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 4:00PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Excellent!!! Welcome aboard patti1957

So now our list is:
SunnyK/Donna
Booberry85/Becky
Highalttransplant/Bonnie
patti1957/Patti

There is still more time folks : )

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 9:04PM
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reyna1(Zone 8)

k, sign me up.
be aware i think i have the most selection of peppers of folks on here :)
so make sure to pair me up with someone that wants peppers.

i also would prefer someone that has peppers that i dont have, or beans/green beans; asian vegetables; something similar.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 1:30PM
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booberry85(5)

OOOHHH, another chili-head! How fun!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 1:34PM
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murphysmom2009(4)

Hi Would love to join, have quite a collection of peppers, and veggies....thanks Deb

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 12:43PM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

Please sign me up! I have a bit of goodies for this one. :)

Kathy

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 12:57PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Welcome all you new Spicy Swappers!!
And...
Ooops....sorry Christy, I meant to add you on as soon as I finished sending you that e-mail....wonder how I got distracted LOL!

So now our list is:
SunnyK/Donna
Booberry85/Becky
Highalttransplant/Bonnie
patti1957/Patti
bonechickchris/Christy
reyna1
murphysmom2009/Deb
southerncharm1/Kathy

Looking good folks!!I will be closing this one on Friday and posting partners hopefully before Monday....(Monday at the latest if I get distracted again ROTFLMBO)

Donna :)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 12:00AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Looks like I forgot to add Luvgardening2 as well. So welcome aboard Nancy!

I will update our list tomorrow.
Come on and join folks, dont be shy...this is turning out to be a great bunch! :-)

Donna

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 1:51AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

So now our list is:
SunnyK/Donna
Booberry85/Becky
Highalttransplant/Bonnie
patti1957/Patti
bonechickchris/Christy
reyna1
murphysmom2009/Deb
southerncharm1/Kathy
Luvgardening2 / Nancy

Since I wasn't going to post partners til either Sunday or Monday, I think I am going to leave the sign-ups open until then..... so there is still time folks :)

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 11:48AM
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booberry85(5)

Inquiring minds want to know!
Are you a hot pepper person? And if so, how much heat can you stand?

As for me, I'm a hot pepper person! The highest heat I can stand are Habaneros. I grew Naga Jolokias last year and they were too much for me! This year I'm trying to grow Chocolate Habs, White Habs, Caribbean Red, & Jamaica Reds as my hottest peppers. Despite this, I am not a heat freak. I like there to be good flavor behind the pepper!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 12:03PM
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canyonwind(9)

Oh my, I have been a bad girl...not checking in to GW enough. I am in on this one!! LOVE...LOVE hot peppers...the more heat, the better...Love herbs...Love flavor and spice in my food!!!!!!!

Thanks for hosting....

Annie

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 3:07PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

I like hot peppers....but I am not up to the Habeneros yet...LOL!! I like Cayennes and Lemon Drops and this one Spanish type that I am not sure what it really is. My son on the other hand is training himself to be a chili head. He now puts hot sauce on about everything he eats.So I am growing some White Habs for him this season...and will maybe do some Nagas for him along with some Orange Habs and Chile de Arbol next season.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 3:10PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Okay, I'm the wimp in the group! Even a Jalapeno seems hot to me, but don't get the impression that I don't like peppers. I'm growing 14 different kinds of peppers, and harvested my first two today - a Revolution bell, and a Healthy sweet pepper. I am growing a couple of mildy hot peppers to use for making homemade salsa - Pizza, and Senorita. Last year, I used Fooled You Jalapenos for the salsa, and I decided I needed a little more kick than that.

Okay, I'm probably a total gardening nerd for taking a picture of them, but it helps me keep track of harvest dates.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 5:33PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

I love peppers also. I am growing 18 different kinds this year. Growing Tepin, Red Habanero, Aji Yellow, Fresno, Maui Purple and Jalapeno for my hots.

Patti

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 6:05PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Oh Bonnie...that plate of veggies is gorgeous!!
I love big luscious Sweet Bell type peppers, but I cant grow them because of the Pepper Maggots. I am going to try growing peppers that they dont like for the next few years and hope the flies that they are from forget about my yard LOL!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 7:50PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

I am adding on Canyonwind...I would have done it yesterday, but for some reason I didnt see her post ...what's wrong with me lately ,must be the fresh cherry tomatoes messing with my head LOL!

So...with the addition of Annie, we now have an even number again and sign-ups are CLOSED :-)

I will post partners later tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks ALL
Donna : )

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 10:08AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Here is the list of partners.

And a few things to go over:
Please contact your partner as soon as possible to swap addresses,iron out the details of your swap, and any extra info you feel is important.
Please make sure you send out your swap by the 14th of August, so your partner recieves it in August :)
And, please remember to send with a delivery confirmation.

booberry85/Becky-reynal1
highalttransplant/Bonnie-bonechickchris/Christy
patti1957/Patti-canyonwind/Annie
southerncharm1/Kathy-Luvgardening2/Nancy
Sunnyk/Donna-murphysmom2009/Deb

Happy Swapping to All....I can't wait for y'all to post what you got!! :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 9:08PM
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canyonwind(9)

Patti,

I just sent you an email (not through GW). Let me know if you do not receive! I look forward to hearing from you!!

Donna, thanks again for hosting...what a fun RR!

Annie

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 12:14PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

My partner and I have been in touch : )

Bonnie

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 3:25PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

Annie,

I got your email and I just replied.

Patti

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 9:24PM
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booberry85(5)

Reyna,

I emailed you this morning. I hope you received it.

Becky

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 10:02PM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

Just sent email to Nancy. :)

Kathy :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 12:14AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Just sent an e-mail to Deb. : )

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 12:51AM
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luvgardening2(8/9)

I just sent an email to Kathy.

Nancy

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 1:54AM
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canyonwind(9)

Patti,

Received your email....just responded!!

Annie

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 12:38PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Dont forget to post a bit of what you get....hearing what you all got, well that's half the fun :-)

Donna ;)

    Bookmark   August 2, 2009 at 11:27PM
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booberry85(5)

My box is packed! I just need to get to a post office now. Easier said than done. I'll be working out of town Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 3:17PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Deb,
Your seeds are finally on their way !!
The DC# is:0307 1790 0005 4925 2048

I hope you like the seeds :)
I love ALL seeds LOL!

Donna :)

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 3:27PM
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booberry85(5)

My package went out yesterday. I emailed Danny with the DC#.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 3:33PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Christy's package is all ready to go. I'll email her the DC# after I run by the post office tomorrow.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 7:00PM
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canyonwind(9)

Checking in...have been out of town for a few days! I am planning on sending out Patti's summer spice on Monday or Tuesday. I will post DC# after I send!

Have a great weekend!

Annie

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 12:34PM
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booberry85(5)

Hi Danny,

I checked the tracking on your package and you should have received it Wednesday. If you haven't received it, please contact your post office. It should be a ~ 6" square brown box.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 8:47AM
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canyonwind(9)

Patti,

Your package went out this morning.............

DC# 0309 1140 0001 0085 0996....sent from zip 92688

Sending you an email. Let me know if you do not receive!

Thanks!!

Annie

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 7:19PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

Annie,

I will be watching for it. I plan on sending yours out on Friday. I will post the DC# here.

Patti

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 7:36PM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

Well, I got my awesome box from Bonnie! She got me the best stuff! I am so happy!

I even got special presents!

A spice themed towel
smoked Spanish sweet paprika and a chicken paprika recipe!
My most favorite was the Microplane! I love microplane graters! I have 2 but they are the skinny kind! She got me the big fat one! So awesome for grating spices, and garlic is so easy with this! can you tell I love it?
Also got some spices to use for the microplane

And Tarragon from her garden! Just in time, because I will be making sauce soon!

Then I got these seeds!

Bronze Fennel, I love regular fennel,so I will love this 2!
Borage, New one to me!
Titan Parsely, A want from my wish list!
Amethyst Improved Basil, Suppose to be the darkest purple basil ever!

Summer Savory, Did not get to grow this year, will next year

Islander Pepper , from my wish list!
Ethinic Sweet Antohi Romanian Pepper,cant wait to try this!
Giant Szegedi Pepper New for me to try!
Rossa Di Toscana Onion and Dorada Di PArma Onion, ooh, 2 Italian Onions I do not have to try! I love Italian seeds!

Thanks so much Bonnie for such a great trade! I just hope you are half as happy with what I give you! Still waiting for those darn seed companies to send! Your box will be sent asap after I receive the seeds.

Thanks again Bonnie!
Christy

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 9:14PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Deb,
I Hope all is well, as I see from the USPS site that the package should have been delivered over a week ago . I really hope nothing is wrong :(

Will also send to your e-mail just in case you are having trouble getting in here!

Donna

    Bookmark   August 14, 2009 at 7:25PM
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canyonwind(9)

Christy, great box from Bonnie. I agree, microplane graters are wonderful...love them...use them all the time!!

I am headed out of town in the morning for several days. I told Patti not to send my summer spice until after I return.

Off to pack...

Annie

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 12:41PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

I recieved my package from Deb today...what a great bunch of seeds!
I got:
Peppers:
Corno di Torro Rosso
Corno di Torro Giallo
Quadrato Giallo di Asti
Quadrato Rosso di Asti
Cascabella
Cal Wonder
Orange Bell
Jalapeno
Long Thin Cayenne
Anaheim

Tomatoes:
Roma
Jubilee
Large Red Cherry

Beans:
Purple Queen
Harvester
Cow Pea Pink Eye Purple Hull
Colorado River

Cilantro
Dill
Chives

Thank You so Much for the swap!:)

PS-Still am worried about you....

Donna

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 11:44PM
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canyonwind(9)

Patti,

Just checked my usps tracker...it states delivery yesterday (Friday) morning. I hope it arrived safe and sound! I will touch base with you when I get back!!

Have a great week!

Annie

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 12:53AM
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canyonwind(9)

And Donna, great selection of seeds!!!!!

Annie

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 12:57AM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

There's a Colorado River bean? Hey, how come I've never heard of this one, LOL?! Got any info on it?

Bonnie

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 3:06PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Only that it is a drying bean...I guess that means you eat it when it is in the bean stage like for baked beans or soup,and not as a snap bean. :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 5:02PM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

I FINALLY got the rest of Bonnies seeds today! So I can get her package together now!
I will have it out by tomorrow! Christy

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 1:02PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

Hi Everyone,

I got my box from Annie (Canyonwind) last Friday. I am very happy with all the stuff that she sent. Thank you so much Annie for all of the thought that you put into my box. I know that you are on vacation, hope you are having a good time with the Bears! Your box is ready and waiting to go in the mail when I hear from you.

Here is the list of all my goodies.

A pretty card with roses on it
Fresh rosemary - I love rosemary
Recipe - Hot Smoke Finishing Sauce
Recipe - Jalapeno Cornbread - I can't wait to try this
Victoria Secret Pear Body Butter :)
Garden gloves - green
Seed envelopes
Magnetic bag clip
Sharpie - blue
Avon lip moisturizer SPF 15
Italian style kitchen towel
M&M's plain and peanuts - I love M&M's

Seeds: - I am so excited about all of these seeds!
Arugula
Black Cumin
Borage
Chives
Fennel
Lemon Basil
Parsley
Leek
Sweet Marjoram
Black Hungarian Pepper
Quadrato Asti Gallo Pepper
Red Chinese Pimento Pepper
Winter Savory
Bosc Pear Seeds

Thank you,
Patti

    Bookmark   August 20, 2009 at 12:59AM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Patti, that was a great box! Annie's an awesome swap partner!

Well, I received my box from Christy today, and I'm almost afraid to list all of the wonderful goodies, because you all will be green with envy ... BUT, here's the list anyway, LOL! Read 'em and weep!

Chili flavored dark chocolate bar (just enough heat to keep me from eating the entire bar at once, LOL)
Pepper saver container
Mini pepper mill and extra peppercorns
Tabasco sauce
Shopping list shaped like a chili pepper
Plastic seed bags (I always need these, especially this time of year, when I'm harvesting seeds)
A roll of plastic stretch tie for staking plants

She sent me a TON of seeds, some were "spicy" and others were on my wishlist:

Pepper 'Tollie's Sweet' (on my wishlist)
Pepper 'Tam Jalapeno' (I have been wanting this one forever!)
Pepper 'Chervena Chushka' (also on my wishlist)
Pepper 'Topepo Rosso' (yep, this one too!)
Pepper 'Sheperd's Rams Horn'
Oregano 'Wild Zaatar' (wishlist item)
Basil 'Greek Dwarf' (yep, another one)
Basil 'Fine Verde' (I know, it's unbelieveable ... I had to update my wishlist because she filled so many of them!)
Basil 'Purple'
Cilantro 'Slow-Bolt'
Herb Mix 'Wild Italian'
Rocket (Arugula) (this one is new to me, but I can't wait to taste it)
Radish 'Purple Plum'
Radish 'Giant of Sicily'
Radish 'Philadelphia White Box' (another wishlist item)

Non spicy wishlist items:
Carrot 'St. Valery'
Cucumbers: Crystal Apple, Richmond Green, Thai Green, and Yok Kao
Beans: Marvel of Venice, Yellow Indian Woman
Squash 'Sweet Dumpling'
Pumpkin 'Rouge D'Etamps
Tomatoes: 'Costoluto Genovese, and 'Costoluto Fiorentino
Lettuces: 'Ruby' and Silvia (a red-leaf Romaine)

Did she spoil me, or what?

Thank you, thank you, Christy! You are a sweetheart!!!

Bonnie

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 10:56PM
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