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Seed Inventory 2012

February 3, 2012

About a year ago, I carefully organized my seed drawer and was determined to keep it that way. And then I started to pull seed packets out and toss them back in, and rubber bands snapped so the neat little bundles of similar seeds fell apart, and I bought more seeds and tossed them into the drawer as well, and so it was a complete mess again. So this week, I dumped it all out again and organized it again, in the hope that the order will last longer this time.

54 bags of seeds. That’s a little less than last year, but still an awful lot for my little balcony garden!


  • ‘Gelbe Johannisbeere’ (Golden Currant) (Gärtnerhof Ochsenherz/Arche Noah market, and older seeds from a
  • vocational school teacher)
  • ‘Tess’s Land Race’ (red currant tomato) (Amishland Heirloom Seeds, and self-saved)
  • ‘Coyote’ (white currant tomato) (Amishland Heirloom Seeds)
  • Galapagos tomato (Lycopersicon cheesmannii) (Amishland Heirloom Seeds)
  • ‘Schwarze Pflaume’ (Black Plum) (‘won’ at kraut&rüben gardening forum)
  • ‚Süße von der Krim’ (‘won’ at kraut&rüben gardening forum)
  • ‚Dunkle Zakopane’ (‘won’ at kraut&rüben gardening forum)
  • Zuckertraube’ (Reinsaat)
  • ‘Dattelwein’ (Reinsaat/Arche Noah)

This part of the collection, at least, has gotten smaller – last year, there were about twice as many varieties.

Other vegetables:

  • Pepper, Capsicum annuum, ‘Ferenc Tender’ (Reinsaat)
  • Zucchini, Cucurbita pepo, ‘Tondo chiaro di Nizza’ (Reinsaat – freebie at Arche Noah urban gardening workshop)
  • Water melon, Citrullus lanatus, ‘Sugar Baby’ (Dom Samen)
  • Cantaloupe, Cucumis melo, ‘Hale’s Best Jumbo’ (Dom Samen)
  • Radish, Raphanus sativus, ‘Rainbow Mix’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Radish, Raphanus sativus, ‘Riesen von Aspern) (Austrosaat)
  • Radish, Raphanus sativus, ‘Wiener Runder Kohlschwarzer’ (Austrosaat)
  • Turnip, Brassica rapa ‘Rapa Bianca/Turnip Bianca Lodigiana) (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Tiger nut, Cyperus esculentus (from work) (OK, so these are tubers, not seeds, but they’re still in the seed drawer. When they’re not hiding in the box of story-stuff)
  • Carrot, Daucus carota, ‘Harlequin Mix’(‘Jeanette’, ‘Yellowstone’, ‘Purple Haze’, ‘White Satin’) (Sperli)
  • Pole bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, ‘Neckargold’ (Reinsaat)
  • Pole bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, ‘Blauhilde’ (Reinsaat)
  • Pole bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, ‘Neckarkönigin) (Reinsaat, freebie at Arche Noah urban gardening workshop)
  • Runner bean, Phaseolus coccineus (OK, these were actually bought for eating, but I’ll probably put a few aside as seed.)
  • Pea, Pisum sativum ‘Blauwschokker (Reinsaat)
  • Snap pea, Pisum sativum, ‘Ambrosia’ ((Reinsaat, freebie at Arche Noah urban gardening workshop)
  • Spinach, Spinacia oleracea ‘Spinnaker’ (Austrosaat)
  • Lamb’s lettuce, Valerianella locusta ‘Dunkelgüner vollherziger’ (Austrosaat)
  • Garden cress, Lepidium sativum, ‘Einfache’ (Dehner)
  • Salad leaves, ‘Speedy Mix’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Salad ‘Niche Oriental Mixed’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Winter purslane, Claytonia perfoliata (Austrosaat) (But the picture on the seed packet is of common purslane, Portulaca oleracea. Looks like someone was confused by the similar names, but this should seriously not happen. You’d think professionals would know to pay attention to botanical names! Well, I’ll see what it turns out to be.)

Edit 2012/02/25:

  • Rocket, Eruca sativa
  • Rocket, Rucola selvatica, Diplotaxis tenuifolia (?)

Morning Glories

Ipomoea purpurea:

  • ‘Light Blue Star’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • ‘Kniola’s Black Knight’(Thompson & Morgan)
  • ‘Carnevale di Venezia’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • ‘Morning Star’ (Sperli)‘Sunrise Serenade’ (Kiepenkerl)
  • ‘Milky Way’ (Austrosaat)
  • ‘Star of Yelta’ (Reinsaat
  • I. tricolor ‘Blauer Himmel’ (Austrosaat)
  • I. alba ‘Moonlight (Austrosaat)
  • I. lobata ‘Exotic Love’

Damn. Looks like I’m out of I. sloteri. It’s kind of hard to find, and anyway looking at seeds is risky. So difficult to resist the dark blue Convolvulus tricolor, but I shouldn’t buy any more flowers. Yes, I’m aware that this means I shouldn’t buy Ipomoea sloteri either, but I’m willing to make an exception for climbers. Yes, even though I was planning to grow fewer morning glories this year, so they don’t choke the beans and melons again. At least, I’ll put the morning glories in separate pots this year – when they shared the veggie planters, they were too well fed and grew lots of gigantic leaves and few flowers.

Edit 2012/02/25:

  • I. x sloteri ‘Cardinal Climber’
  • Dwarf Morning Glory, Convolvulus tricolor

Other flowers:

  • Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus nanum, ‘Diamant des Abendlandes’ (Sperli)
  • Nasturtium, Tropaeolum minus, ‘Jewel of Africa’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Canary Creeper, Tropaeolum peregrinus, ‘Canary’ (Austrosaat)
  • Chinese Lantern, Abutilon x hybridum, ‘Bella F1 Mix’ (Sperli)
  • Sweet Pea, Lathyrus odoratus ‘Night & Day’ (Thompson & Morgan)
  • Flower of an Hour, Hibiscus trionum (self-saved)
  • Mallow, Lavatera trimestris (self-saved, from the cutflower beds at work)
  • Morning glory, Ipomoea, mix (self-saved)
  • Shoo-Fly Plant, Nicandra physalodes (self-saved)
  • Job’s Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi (self-saved, from work)
  • Spider Plant, Chlorophytum orchidastrum (self-saved, from the previous workplace)
  • Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera (picked out of the seedpods we use for the All Saints’ Day arrangements at work)
  • Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris (self-saved, from “my” old garden)
  • summer flower mix (freebie from the horticulture school alumni society)
  • poppy mix (meant for guerrilla gardening and never used up)

Last year, I found links for every one of those seeds, and put them in alphabetical order, but I’m too lazy for that this year. It was enough work to write this post in English and in German, for my new-ish German balcony gardening blog (there doesn’t seem to be a single German blog about this topic, so I started one myself.)

I’m willing to share most of these seeds, but only within Europe – overseas postage is too expensive, and anyway I can’t legally send seeds to the US at least (I don’t know about other countries). No big/heavy seeds, though (beans, peas, nasturtiums), and of some of the tomatoes I don’t have enough seeds to share (yet. I plan to save seeds this year.)

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