Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Seeds from China

This year is the year of international seeds in my garden. First Miss M sent me some from Canada (OK, so it's not that far away). Today I got a package in the mail from my sister. I'd asked her if she could find me any Chinese vegetables seeds while she teaches in the northern part of China.

From all I can tell, she sent two types of possibly mustard greens (top), bok choy and a red leaf lettuce.
These appear to be a bunching onion, a yellow tomatillo, and a purple cherry tomato ( the large word Melon seems to be the brand, tomato is there much smaller).A few of the packets have this interesting note in English. I guess I better consider myself a professional grower to open the package.

I'm excited to try these seeds out. I'm starting the cherry tomatoes tonight since they'll have to catch up with my other seedlings. The tomatillos may wait until next year since they look similar to some I got from Daphne and already started. The greens will come in due time once things warm up a bit.

7 comments:

Daphne said...

I wonder why they have such a strange warning on their packaging. I guess only professionals can plant that variety.

Emily said...

It is funny. My sister bought them at a local market. There isn't any other English on the packages that have the warning. I wonder if it's just marketing?

miss m said...

Goodness, that purple cherry tom looks amazing ! Sis sent you a great selection !

(Funny warning indeed ! lol)

Emily said...

The purple tomato looks pretty photoshopped. It is ridiculously smooth and deep in color.

Marcia said...

I'd say you qualify as a professional grower. If the tomatoes work out you can share some seeds with me next year.

Dan said...

Interesting! I wonder if that cherry tomato will actually be that purple :-)

browneyes said...

The bunch onions are like flat chives. You're right, the place I bought them is far from "professional" - just the local flower and plant market. I'm pretty sure it's where all my Chinese neighbors buy the seeds for their gardens. I'm glad they made it to you! And I hope I get to try the purple tomatoes this summer :)