Saturday, March 27, 2010

Seeds from Italy

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If you've been around here for a while you may have noticed my love of Italy (fondly referred to as 'The Homeland' by Baby Sister and I).  You can imagine how excited I was to come across a source of seeds from Italy here in the U.S.  Seeds From Italy is located in Winchester, MA and imports more than 350 varieties of traditional Italian vegetable, herb & flower seeds. 
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I purchased two varieties of tomatoes, basil, oregano, flat leaf parsley, mint, and zinnias.  I am especially excited for the San Marzano tomatoes and the basil. 
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I purchased a really inexpensive shop light from Lowe's to use as a grow light and installed it in my laundry room underneath wall cabinets. 
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The light is hung by chains on a pair of hooks, so when I'm done with the light I can take it down and store it away until next season.
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I planted the seeds in an organic seed starting mix in peat cell packs.
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The seeds are planted, the light is on, and now I'm just waiting to see some growth!
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I've never started tomatoes from seed before but I always grow a couple.  I love having fresh tomatoes & herbs all summer long.  With a little luck, I'm hoping the seeds will do as well as my plants did last summer.  At the height of the season I picked a bowlful almost every day!
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12 comments:

Laura PARING DOWN said...

My mouth is watering! What a great idea to use the shop light. I'm container gardening for the first time this year, so I'll be watching your progress with great interest!

Ciao, Laura

Carissa said...
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Carissa said...

Awesome idea with the light! I'm hopeful that the seeds I've planted for our tortoise's food will get enough sunlight from their location on my window sill.

And I LOVE the photo of the tomatoes! The vibrant red on white is stunning.

Thanks for the tip on the free download. I tried it, but am having issues installing it. It's times like this that I really miss having my husband around (he's currently deployed).

(Sorry about the previous comment. I deleted it because I had a glaring grammatical error.)

Wendy said...

This is great! I am so excited...can't wait to share with Tony! Going to go check out the website. Good luck with the seeds, by the look of your tomatoes from last year...you have a green thumb :)
Wendy

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I can't wait to see the progress of your seeds! Love the idea of using the light. I'm getting so excited to start growing things in the garden!

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Meg said...

I can't wait to see how your seeds do- you have a great set up with that light. I've been itching to do some gardening but I'm not starting my own seeds this year... just grabbing the starters from the farmers market, so I'll have to wait a while.

Amy Grace said...

Yum! I love San Marzano Tomatoes! What a great idea.

Linda said...

Good luck with your veggies...Mr.CC is growing some veggies this year...this should be very interesting. No...I did not make my palm cross.

Blessings,
Linda

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Hi Alissa,
We too grow tomatoes. We feast on them all summer. It is usually all we grow, but we are considering a garden this year, after watching a speech by Jamie Oliver. I posted the link to his TED talk. It is definitely worth watching. Some of the same info he spoke about on Oprah I've been told. Unfortunately we will be gone several weeks during the summer (Quebec) and we're not sure if it's feasible.
Dana

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I was thrilled to read this post as I am I-talian and my dad is an amazing gardener from the region where these seeds come from. Thank you for sharing!

LindyLouMac said...

I might not be creative like you but I do enjoy gardening, Anyway how can I not follow you if you love Italy! When you need some photos from Italy you can visit my Blog:)

 

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