Nelson Agricultural Commission2021-08-17T07:01:54-04:00

Ag Com Blog

September Reflections and Looking Ahead

Growing food is rewarding and is never the same year to year. It can also be frustrating when the weather or pests dash your dreams. And what to do when fruits and vegetables mature all at once. The choice is give the extra away, let it rot or put it by.

By |September 11, 2021|

Population Boom in Nelson Village!

Chipmunks are scurrying around the rock walls, crying an alert sound anytime we walk nearby. Tonight an adult woodchuck scampered away as I stepped out the door. The robins nest had three hatchlings and last year’s invasion of eastern cottontail rabbits has, well, you guessed it….multiplied.

By |July 10, 2021|

The Science of Gardening

Gardeners are scientists at heart; we are always experimenting by trying something new. At our home, four years of spring violets, dandelions, paintbrushes, and various wild flowers have created an interesting experiment. Most of our front lawn is now wild during spring and summer to feed the native pollinators. When we started doing this we were curious to find out what the lawn would look like over several years and who would feed on our flowers.

By |June 20, 2021|

Seed Catalog 2020 – ­2021

High Mowing Seeds &
Nelson Growers Donations


Bean

  • Kentucky Wonder Pole – 7 pkg/20 seeds
  • Provider Bush – 4 pkg/21 seeds
  • Northeaster Pole – 5 pkg/20 seeds

Beet

  • Cylindra – 6 pkg/44 seeds
  • Detroit Dark Red – 5 pkg/34 seeds
  • Touchstone Gold – 5 pkg/20 seeds

Broccoli

  • Spring Broccoli Raab – 8 pkg/30 seeds
  • Belstar – 3 pkg/14 seeds
  • DeCicco – 6 pkg/35 seeds

Cabbage

  • Red Express – 13 pkg/34 seeds
  • Chinese – 6 pkg/1/2 tsp

Carrot

  • Red Cored Chantenay – 8 pkg/50 seeds
  • Dragon -­‐ 7 pkg/50 seeds
  • Napoli – 10 pkg/50 seeds
  • Yellowstone – 7 pkg/35 seeds

Chard

  • Fordhook Giant – 5 pkg/24 seeds
  • Orange – 4 pkg/24 seeds
  • Rainbow Blend – 6 pkg/24 seeds

Collards

  • Georgia – 7 pkg/24 seeds

Corn

  • Allure Sweet – 5 pkg/14 seeds
  • Top Hat – 4 pkg/47 seeds
  • Dorinny Sweet – 3 pkg/24 seeds
  • Tuxana Sweet – 6 pkg/24+ seeds

Cucumber

  • National Pickling – 15 pkg/12 seeds
  • Green Finger – 6 pkg/6 seeds
  • Marketmore x English – 9 pkg/12 seeds

Eggplant

  • Black Beauty – 17pkg/17 seeds

Kale 

  • Ironman – 8 pkg/30 seeds
  • Red Russian – 14 pkg/30 seeds

Leek

  • Alto – 3 pkg/21 seeds

Melon

  • Hales Best Cantaloupe – Gone
  • Cantaloupe – 4 pkg/13 seeds
  • Sugar Baby Watermelon – 2 pkg/13 seeds

Pea

  • Mammoth Melting Snow – Gone

Pepper

  • Bangles Blend Sweet – 7 pkg/10 seeds
  • King of the North Sweet – Gone
  • Sishito (mildly spicy) – 9 pkgs/10 seeds

Pumpkin

  • Baby Pam Pie – 10 pkg/5 seeds

Radish

  • China Rose – 5 pkg/1/8 tsp

Squash

  • Blue Hubbard – 10 pkg/10 seeds
  • Straightneck Summer – 9 pkg/5 seeds
  • Spaghetti Winter – 4 pkg/5 seeds
  • Ronde de Nice Zucchini – 4 pkg/10 seeds

Spinach

  • Renegade – 3 pkg/10 seeds

Tomato

  • Brandywine – 3 pkg/12 seeds
  • San Marzano – 1 pkg/12 seeds
  • Matt’s Wild Cherry – 4 pkg/12 seeds

Turnip

  • Purple Top White Globe – 1 pkg/30 seeds

Greens

  • Astro Arugula – 5 pkg/1-­‐2g
  • High Mowing Blend Mesclun – 3pkg
  • Black Seeded Simpson – 10 pkg/ 1/32tsp
  • Gourmet Blend Lettuce – 9 pkg/ 1/16 tsp
  • Tat Soi Asian Green – 4 pkg/ 1/16 tsp
  • Wrinkled Crinkled Cress – 4 pkg/ 1/16 tsp
  • Endive, Batavian Full Heart – 2 pkg/1/8 tsp

Herbs

  • Dill – 28 pkg/1 tsp
  • Sweet Thai Basil – Gone
  • Genovese Basil – 3 pkg/ 1/16 tsp
  • Red Giant Mustard – 6 pkg/ 1/32 tsp
  • Tokyo Bekana Mustard – 7 pkg/ 1/16 tsp
  • Cilantro – 13 pkg/1 tsp

The Nelson Seed Catalog

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library is home to a seed catalog (an inventory of seeds) sponsored by the Agricultural Commission.  The catalog (which got emptied last year due to vigorous gardening) has been replenished with seeds from High Mowing Seeds.

We encourage you to save seed and will assist you with planning your garden so you can save seed that will grow true (you’ll get the same type of plant year after year).

When you’ve reserved enough seed for next year’s garden,  please consider sharing seed with the Library for your neighbors. And if you’d like some seeds from this year’s supply, stop by the Library during open hours, or call 603-847-3214 our friendly librarian to make arrangements.

Below you’ll find information about growing, saving seeds, and donating your surplus.

Questions? Contact nelsonnhagcom@nullgmail.com


Planting and Growing Your Garden

Once you have your seeds, check out:


Seed Saving

Before we have a killing frost (could be early September to mid October), you might want to look around your garden to see if there are seeds you can save. Here are a few seed saving links:


What To Do With Seeds Once You Have Them

DONATING SEEDS
If you have saved seeds and would like to share some with the Library seed catalog, please

The purpose of the Nelson Agricultural Commission is to raise awareness of agriculture’s role in improving the quality of life in Nelson. The Commission will function as a resource for producers and consumers alike, by providing valuable information on relevant topics, and by advocating for small, local producers. The values of the Agricultural Commission are

  • Sustainable local production

  • Small-scale, appropriate techniques

  • Community enterprise

  • Local economy

“…the tradition of using the land resource for agricultural production is an essential factor in providing for the favorable quality of life in the state.”

New Hampshire RSA 672:1


 

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