Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we are doing what everyone does in January. We are going through all the seeds to determine if Carol has enough for this spring, summer, and fall. We do this every year and usually have to then give Carol subtle clues to order her seeds because she tends to wait until later to order them. No, we cannot and will not tell you what those subtle clues are as that would reduce their effectiveness—their magic—if people knew about them. We are … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Take Inventory of Seeds
Who wants to win some seeds for fall sowing? I'm delighted to be in the good company of Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings to record a weekly podcast, The Gardenangelists. Ha! Don't act surprised about the podcast because I've mentioned it a zillion times already. I'm even more delighted that we have teamed up with Botanical Interests® to give away FIVE sets of seeds for fall sowing in the vegetable garden. Five lucky winners. And each person gets everything you see in this picture: Hand … [Read more...] about A Botanical Interests Seed Giveaway!
Are you still thinking about buying seeds for your garden, deciding which seeds to buy? If you answered no, perhaps it is because you have already purchased all the seeds you need for this new growing season? You had "buy all the seeds I need" on your task list for January, so you did it, checked it off. All done. I don't believe any gardener for one minute who says she has finished buying all her seeds by the beginning of February. Perhaps you have decided that this is the year you are … [Read more...] about Decision-Making Tool for Seed Buying
Vegetables to enjoy in season I try to order most of my vegetable garden seeds in the middle of January. I've been ordering seeds for one garden or another since I was a teenager and took over ordering seeds for my dad. Back then, I spent hours studying the seeds catalogs, reading all the descriptions and making suggestions on the seeds we should order. My dad, as I recall, usually agreed with my choices. Now I mostly order seeds by memory, by feel, which means I don't make lists. I … [Read more...] about How I order seeds for my garden
Traveling plant "Hey, over here. Look at me. A traveling plant. I made it from way over there by the tree to the edge of the flower border, by the front walk. I know. I'm impressive, aren't I? A regular vagabond. A pilgrim. A real adventurer I am. After all, I've traveled nearly six or seven feet from the other plants of my ilk. Want to know how I, a plant with roots, managed to get so far? Well, pull up a seat, get comfortable, and I'll tell you because we adventurous traveling plants … [Read more...] about Tales of Traveling Plants
On the top of a bookshelf in my den, I keep an old cardboard shipping box with the seeds my Dad ordered back in 1987 for a garden he wouldn't end up planting in its entirety. The seed packets, some still unopened, make a soft rattling sound as I look them over to remind myself of what he liked to grow. Some of the packets are still unopened. Others he opened and planted early that spring. On the packets of tomatoes and eggplant, Dad wrote "sown Feb. 22nd". He did like to start his tomatoes … [Read more...] about In the old seed box I found…