I took Little Sprout seed shopping today. She was so excited it was almost painful to watch her bouncing in her car seat on the way there.
Upon arrival, Little Sprout let out one of those gasps of absolute joy and amazement. Her eyes grew to the size of dinner plates as she looked at all the flowers and garden "toys". She followed me like an angel over to the wall where the seed packets are, and started squealing like it was Christmas morning all over again.
"Look, Mommy! Cawwots! Punkins! What'r dese? And dese? And look at dose up dere, Mommy! I want some of dose ones, too!" Then she informed everyone in the store that we were going to grow "goodies in Mommies ground!"
Thank goodness I got there shortly after opening, and the only other folks in the store were employees. They kept asking if I needed any help, I think because it was so fun to laugh at Little Sprout's excitement. She would carry the seed packets, then drop a bunch and ask me to carry them for a while, then want them back "in my own hands".
Little Sprout picked out six kinds of pumpkin, 4 kinds of 'mater, 5 kinds of carrot, parsnips, radishes, mixed bell peppers, spinach, lettuce, 4 kinds of corn, and about nine 1/4 lb packages of pea seed.
Thankfully, I did some quick switching before we got to the checkout. We ended up with:
Early Girl Bush Tomatoes - a small but tasty favorite for fresh eating
Viva Italia Tomato - I normally do Roma, but this is in the same style, and I have heard good reviews
Early Prolific Straightneck Summer Squash
American Purple Top Rutabaga - one of my personal favorite veggies
Golden Scalloped Squash - yummy sliced and fried!
Waltham Butternut Squash - for Dad
Danvers Half Long Carrots - in hopes that I can get the seed to germinate for a change
Sugar Baby Watermelon - for Mr. Barefoot
Early White Vienna Kolrabi - another of my personal favorites
Goldrush yellow beans
Bush Blue Lake 274 Green beans - the standard for our family. We have never had trouble with these tasty treats
Zucchini Elite Hybrid - a mistake, I meant to get Straight Eight (what we normally get)
Table King Acorn Squash - Grandpa Barefoot's favorite
Harris Model Parsnip - a new adventure
California Wonder Peppers
Jack O' Lantern Pumpkins
Green Patty Pan Squash
Sugar Ann Snap Peas - the best for in-the-garden snacking!
When I add in the radish, lettuce, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and other goodies I already have in my seed stash, I have the makings of a pretty impressive garden!
Oh, what a good time we had!