With all this rain my area has been getting in the past few weeks you would think it was April already! (Except for the small amount of snow that showed up last night!!) Watching my fava beans and garlic take off in January is a little crazy! You definitely know it’s a new year at my house as the daily mailbox runs leave the counter spewing gardening magazines, seed catalogs, farmer almanacs, and I tend to start pulling out all my cherished old gardening books from the 1920’s-1950’s. (I tuck them away in safe places because other wise I’ll never get anything done!)
A sucker for an old book store as it is, my husband knows it’s about that time for me to start planning when I disappear for a couple of hours and show up with stack of dusty and much-loved old books! I get super excited this time of year! Seeing all the news kinds of vegetables, fruits, greens, and flowers. Now is the time to start ordering as some companies sell out of most of their varieties before we even start thinking about getting out in the garden again.
I spend hours plotting out my raised beds, where I plan to put each vegetable, what new flowers I’ll be experimenting with, what kinds of new herbs I think I can grow and cook with for the upcoming year. This year should be a little more fun because I’ve got my plots back for my community garden! So that means I can play with more varieties, try new things, and it also means no little children robbing all my cherry tomatoes for themselves and a daily screaming and usually cursing the squirrels that some how have figured out how to get into my barricaded raised beds, dig them up, and eat everything I have just planted. Including the apricot tulips I planted in November that have been showing up on the front lawn lately!
So my plan for the weekend is to hide after the kiddies go to sleep, with a cup of homemade chai tea, and dig through my endless stack of seed catalogs, take notes on monthly projects to focus on for the upcoming growing season, plot my beds, and daydream about the upcoming summer months! After getting my Master Gardener Certification this fall I have a new appreciation for the bugs that tend to freak me out sometimes. I can’t wait to try new bee houses, new kinds of heirloom tomatoes, and I’ve got my heart set on fruit trees this year.
Here’s my list of great seed companies to order from. There are some really, really great ones out there that aren’t as common. Just got to be a little creative in finding them sometimes. I know it’s a wee bit early but Happy Hunting and Happy Garden Planning!
- Johnny’s Selected Seeds- www.johnnyseeds.com
- Burpee- www.burpee.com
- Cooks Garden- www.cooksgarden.com
- Gurney’s- www.gurneys.com
- Seed’s of Change- www.seedsofchange.com
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds- www.rareseeds.com
- It’s Seed Catalog Time- www.organicgardening.com