Garden Catalogs

| 1/26/2015 11:22:00 AM

Debbie FrancisThis time of year, the seed catalogs start coming in the mailbox. I don’t know about you but I get a lot of them. Now I’m always thinking about planting something, veggies or flowers. I love to go through all these seed catalogs. I use to just order whatever tickled my fancy until I realized that not everything I ordered would grow in my planting zone. So I started only keeping and ordering from the books that best fit my planting zone. I’m a northern grower, Zone 4; this way I hope to have a better chance at success.

I save a lot of my own seeds, and I love heirloom seeds for this reason, but I do buy hybrid seeds too. Because sometimes they produce better. So I plant both. After separating books by zones, then I separate by price. You do have to be careful because you do want quality seeds. The best way to keep track is to keep a garden journal. Make notes on which catalogs you ordered from and how the seeds did.

When it's time to start my greenhouse up, all those seed catalogs that I so carefully marked and ordered from will be keepers. All are now my fire starters, and I shred them to put around my plants. Nothing goes to waste. Because I know that come February, more will come.

Debbie Francis

1/27/2015 9:18:22 PM

I am so jealous of all of you who have the opportunity to plant a garden and if you are a newbie, plant extra for me. I really miss not being able to plant, tend, and harvest a garden but due to health reasons, I may never be able to again. My children are city-fied and have no interest and I am unable to live on my own anymore so gardening is not an option. SO, I read blogs about off the grid gardening, and homesteading and hope to live vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing.

1/26/2015 2:53:32 PM

Debbie, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I get a bunch of seed catalogs as well this time of the year. When I order seeds, it's always from a website and not a catalog but I suppose it's their way of saying thanks for the order when they send me a catalog. Mine usually get set out by the curb in the recycle tub. ***** I have to say that I'm quite fascinated by the equipment you have on the Ford tractor or is it a Ferguson. Any way I don't think that was a factory issue but I like it. ***** Have a great green house planning day.