My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile

Monday

MY POTAGER SEEDS 2009

This post, My Potager Seeds 2009, was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden http://waxholm.blogspot.com/

A small step on the computer (just a click) but a huge step for the gardener.

Seeds for my potager and images for the collage are from Impecta

Phiouu…( wonderful spelling isn’t it) it was not an easy task this year to order the seeds for my potager. I have been reading those glossy catalogues since last year but now it is done. It took me hours to decide which ones to choose. Most of them are actually new for me,
these herb and medicinal plants for example:

Marrubium vulgare (kransborre) White Horehound
Monarda citriodore (Citron bergamot) Lemon mint, lemon beebalm
Mentha pulegium (polejmynta) Pennyroyal (poisonous)
Malva sylvestrs mauritiana (Mauritansk rödmynta) Mallow

What a coincidence, all of them begin with M.

I told you folks earlier that I am a 'seedaholic' and with that I mean I love seeds and cannot live without them. Most of my seeds I plant or perhaps it is 50 % are seeds that I have collected from last seasons harvest. This year I didn’t order any tomato seeds! I have so many varieties from last year and they are old heirloom seeds so I think I will just do fine with those I have.

Seeds 2009 - I made this collage over all the seeds for the potager. I’ve got one flowers here that I bought just for fun. Canna indica - (also known as saka siri, Indian shot, canna, bandera, chancle, coyol, or platanillo) It was a pretty picture and I fell for it... I read in wikipedia that it is edible, the Canna rhizome is rich in starch, and it has many uses in agriculture. All of the plant has commercial value, rhizomes for starch (consumption by humans and livestock), stems and foliage for animal fodder, young shoots as a vegetable and young seeds as an addition to tortillas, but as I said I just fell for it’s beauty.

foto: Impecta



Året fröer är har jag nu beställt ifrån Impecta och nu har jag gjort ett kollage av alla olika örter, medicinalväxter, blommor och grönsaker, färgsprakande eller hur. Det skall bli kul att se hur det blir sedan, odlings året 2009. För skojs skull skall jag göra ett nytt kollage då och jämföra. Många för mig nyheter blir det i år och det skall bli spännande. Kiwano - den där taggiga saken på vänster sida, det skall bli en riktig utmaning eller Gurkmelon 'Carosello Barese' det skall också bli intressant och se vad det blir av den påsen (jag ler) Är det någon som har provat på så tar jag tacksamt emot råd :-)

Som ni ser finns det inte en enda tomat! Nä... för förra året var mitt stora tomat och chili år så jag har sparat en massa frö ifrån 2008's skörd. De flesta av det jag odlade då var gamla fina sorter, kulturarv (heirloom) som man kan ta frö av. Så jag har tjänat massor av pengar på att ta egna frön (jag ler igen).

It is so very nice to here from you all so do write something - don't be a stranger/

LOLove TYRA



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41 comments:

Karin A said...

Härligt att läsa om dina tankar kring frön! Ser ut att vara mycket vackert. :) Nyfiken på vilka tomatsorter som är dina favoriter? Ha det gott! Kram Karin

easygardener@gmail.com said...

I am still working my way through seed catalogues. So many seeds, so tempting!

CinderELLA said...

Mina första fröer för året är inköpta på en trip till Luxemburg. Så nu får jag se hur länge jag kan hålla mig innan jag sår fröna. Jag har mina övervintrare i gästrummet, så det blir det nog ett förgronings-växthus där kanske? Kram Eva Linnea

garden girl said...

Hi Tyra, I'm sure I bought too many seeds for my new little vegetable garden. I want to plant a little of everything! It's so hard to narrow down. Are those bright orange squash Kuri? That's my favorite squash. Yum! Delicious!

It looks like you will have a bountiful potager in 2009!

tina said...

Love the collage-what a good job!

Gail said...

Your poster is beautiful! I would hang it on the wall in my mosaic shed! You will be eating like a queen this summer! gail

joey said...

An enchanting post, dear Tyra! I foresee lots of fun ahead ... just curious about ... Mentha pulegium (polejmynta) Pennyroyal (poisonous)?

Catherine said...

I am a seed aholic too Tyra, and a plant aholic!:) It is fun ...isn't it..and hard to choose from all the wonderful varieties~my problem I want to try at least one of everything!:) Beautiful collage!
Happy New Year Tyra!
Cat

Sunita said...

Oooh! That collage looks so tempting and colourful! Very summery. I wish you luck and great growing with all those seeds.
I didnt know Canna rhizomes could be eaten! And we have cannas growing all over the place in India. Well, I certainly learnt something new today :)

jodi said...

There's something so magical and joyous about seeds; it's amazing that something so small can produce a wealth of delights, from foods to shade trees to blue poppies. I'm excited for you!

Chandramouli S said...

Oh yea! Canna is everyone's fave here. Good luck with your seeds 2009. May the seeds paint a lush green and adorn them with other colors this year!

Glädjekällan said...

Roligt att se vad du valt att så!
De senaste åren har jag blivit mer och mer intresserad av grönsaker igen. Kanske på grund av att jag fått nya möjligheter att odla ;-).
Riktigt vad det blir har jag ännu inte bestämt men din blandning av blommor och ätbart inspirerar.
Ha det gott
Birgitta

Gunilla said...

Hejj Tyra

Det ser bra ut dina inköp. Många sorter. Jag odlar inga grönsaker men det kanske blir någon gång. Jag håller mig till perenner. Men visst är det gott med färska grönsaker som du vet är egenodlade.Kravmärkta.Obesprutade.
Ha en fortsatt bra dag
Gunilla

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hej Karin, o ja tomater och chilis är ju mina små favoriter, du kan väl börja med att titta här
TYRA'S GARDEN My Favourite Tomatoes
Sedan har jag skrivit en hel del i The greenhouse också.

Ha det bra

Kram Tyra

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Easygardener, yes I agree it is hard work!

Hi Linda, I always end up with too seeds and plants...but as I said I'm a seed aholic. Yes it is a Kuri isn't it wonderful.

Hi Tina and thank you.

Hi Gail, you have a mosaic shed! You haven't showed it to us yet...hm exciting.

Hi Joey, yes the Pennyroyal is poisonous I will tell you more about it in a coming post, I'm working on it. I will not grow it for consumption, it is a low growing mint and I want to have a mint that I can walk on and get the wonderful scent of mint.

LOLove Tyra

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Cat and Happy New Year to you too dear Catherine. Ah, so you too are a 'seedaholic'... it is nice to hear that I'm not alone :-)

Hello Sunita and Chandramouli, I know you are so very lucky girls that lives in the land of the Cannas. Yes you can eat them but I don't think they are very tasty, did you know that you can eat the rhizomes of the
Dahlias as well?

Hi Jodi, I would love to have some blue poppies but last year I tryed and failed completely therefore this year I will buy one!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hejsan Birgitta, absolut så, det är bäst! Det är både kul och spännande dessutom får man 'rena' plantor, inga sniglar, annan ohyra och inga bekämpningsmedel.

Hejsan Gunilla, perenner är ju tacksamt och vackert men jag måste få äta också! Kram Tyra

Gardening and other stuff said...

Tyra, you have a very beautiful blog here! Thank you for inviting. I like your seeds. I usually grow mostly Italian herbs for the kitchen every year, drying them so I have them all year. This year will be no exception. I will also plant wild flowers including the notorious milkweed to attract a variety of wildlife into the garden. My garden is very young, only 7 years old. But roses are really my thing.

Thank you for letting me read your blog.

Julie (flowers forum)

VP said...

Hi Tyra! That's such a cheerful display you have here and so much nicer than just a list of seeds. We can see your garden dreams for 2009 so much more easily :)

You asked about parsnips over at my place. They're easy to grow once you've got the seed germinated, but they can be tempramental at that stage. They also require a long growing season. Your question made me realise I'd forgotten to link to last week's post where I gave plenty of information and hints and tips for growing them, so thanks for the reminder!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi VP and thank you for that most useful information/ Tyra

patientgardener said...

Hi Tyra
I'm still thinking about mine. I have a small area now for growing veg instead of trying to do so in pots like last year. However I think my wish list exceeds the space I have so I have been looking at harvesting times to see how I can maximise the space!

Think I have nearly made a decision on the tomatos though

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Helen how about a vertical garden :-)

Frances said...

Hi Tyra, you have made some wonderful selections and shown them nicely in the collage too. Good job! I also find it hard to choose, and just pick some and order them with little rhyme or reason, just impulse buying! HA I am trying new tomatoes, they start to easily and grow well here, a can't miss crop!

Frances

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Tyra--oh my goodness, the collage of the seed-packets is gorgeous! You have chosen a huge amt. of seeds...too many for me (!) but if you can handle all of them then I'm happy for you. I don't have the space for them, and probably not the green thumb for them either:) I will look forward to seeing them grow and blossom!! Jan

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Frances and thank you. Ah funny you have the same expression 'rhyme and reason', rim och reson./ xoxo Tyra



Hi Jan, too many for my garden too, it ends up with +300 pots and giving away plants to all my friends.:-)
I told you I'm a 'seedaholic'!
xoxo Tyra

Annika Christensen said...

Oj oj vad fint du skall få det i trädgården.
Jag får nog köpa lite fröer iallafall.
Skulle bara ha precis det där viktigaste men nu får jag nog köpa lite fler... alltid likadant.
Tackf för inspiration.
Kram
Annika

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful collage Tyra and great way to see what you'll be growing in just a glance. You're going to have a fabulous garden this year I can tell. I am slow on the seed ordering. Haven't done mine yet but maybe your post will motivate me?!!!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hej Annika tänk att det är samma visa varje år, att till slut står man där med en hel låda full med fröer. Det är nästan som att handla smågodis.


Hi Kathleen, I don't know about 'fabulous garden' but I'll certainly will do my best and have fun on the way.

xoxo Tyra

Kanak Hagjer said...

Love the collage, it's so attractive! About the edible bit (canna), it's new to me. Amazing what a great learning experience garden blogging can be!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I already have most of my flower seeds, but it is still too soon to start my indoor sowing. I don't have a vegetable garden.

I love your colorful collage!

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Tyra, what a beautiful montage you have created, the colours are full of life. Your potager is going to be a good place to be this summer, and I look forward to seeing it.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Kanak, it is amazing isn't it. I learn new things every single day.

Hi Robin, I have to wait until February too, but we are soon there. No vegetables? Do try to blend in a cabbage among your flowers they can be ornamental and good for you.:-)

Hi Karen and thank you. The collage was fun to make and it really gives you a good view over what I'm going to plant.

xoxo Tyra

Anja C. Hill said...

Hejsan Tyra!
Även jag tänker satsa mycket på grönsaksodlingar i år. har en jättebinge med fröpåsar från Impecta, men inte heller jag har tomatfröer därifrån. Tänkte prova några, för mig nya sorter och har gått med Åke Truedsson Tomatklubb.han har just många gamla kultursorter som jag vill prova - inte minst de ryska sorterna.

mvh, Anja

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hejsan Anja, det låter mycket intressant med en tomatklubb, den måste jag kolla in närmare. För mej är grönsakerna stommen i min trädgård, kan inte tänka mej en trädgård utan dem. Kul att du tänkter satsa på mycket grönsaker i år, det skall bli kul att följa.

kram Tyra

The Muse said...

i am so looking forward to Spring!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi The Muse I think we are a huge club! We are all yearning for warmth and sunshine.

Take care my friend/ Tyra

Salix said...

Hi Tyra
Wonderful to see your blog. Now in Canada, but I have been gardening in Denmark for many, many years. I haven't orderen my seeds yet - just cannot decide. Better get at it.
Love your garden

Susan said...

I am in a sea of white snow under nearly colorless sky--your beautiful, colorful poster makes me so excited for spring!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Lene and welcome into my garden, please to meet you. Min danska är inte så bra men hur går det med svenska?

Hi Susan, I have NO snow and I think that is boring. I liked your Chick lit. post and good luck with your chicks now.

xoxo Tyra

Salix said...

Hi again Tyra
Pleased to meed you too. Mit svenske er ikke godt, men jeg kan langsomt læse mig gennem teksten og forstå det meste. Maybe it is easier for both of us in English?

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi again, English will be fine, I'm a Salix fan and I found your site very interesting. I an urged to learn more about the genus Salix.

xoxo Tyra