The first seed catalog usually lands in my mailbox in November, and a few more trickle in through December. Then right after Christmas, in that week before New Year’s Day, another little rush of seed catalogs replaces the annual Christmas cards and letters. That's how it all starts, my annual seed buying odyssey.I stack the catalogs up on a side table and then one evening (which will be soon), I’ll sit down and go through all of them. Some I read quickly, knowing I probably won’t order anything … [Read more...] about On Buying Seeds
Once You Learn About Soil, It WIll Never Be Dirt Again
Don’t you just love the first whiff of fresh peat moss when you open a brand new bag of seed starting mix? It’s the middle of winter, the air in the house is stale with the odors of whatever you cooked for dinner, but that is all forgotten when you open a new bag of seed starting mix and smell that smell you’ve been missing, but didn’t know you were missing. It’s like opening up a fresh can of ground coffee. You pause just for a minute to savor it before getting down to the business of sowing … [Read more...] about Once You Learn About Soil, It WIll Never Be Dirt Again
Seed Buying – Method or Madness?
What kind of a seed buyer are you?Do you carefully read all of the seed catalogs sent to you and then browse the Internet to compare and contrast all the options, then decide which seeds to buy?Do you buy seeds from 'bricks and mortar' stores and get whatever appeals to you as you are browsing?Do you buy vegetable seeds in bulk where they scoop them out of seed bins, weigh them and put them in hand-marked envelopes?Do you buy seeds for just vegetables, or just annual flowers? Do you buy seeds … [Read more...] about Seed Buying – Method or Madness?
Seed Packets for Seeds and Seed Money
I think a few of my nieces might check in on my blog from time to time. I will tell them now to stop reading this one right now or they will not be surprised on Christmas!Pictured above are some of the seed packets that I made this weekend to put "seed money" in for stocking stuffers. They are also just the right size for gift cards.I use a Microsoft Powerpoint template that I found several years ago on the Internet. I modified it a bit to suit my needs and now can add text and clip art to … [Read more...] about Seed Packets for Seeds and Seed Money
I'm all set with seeds! That's right, I've been to Menards twice and purchased Burpee seeds there at 30% off. I got the "standard" stuff, like green beans, zucchini, radishes, etc.. "Standard stuff" meaning those vegetables where the tried and true varieties will do just nicely, thank you very much. Then, this evening I placed an order with Park Seeds to fill in the gaps and get those seeds (and a few plants) that I'm not likely to find in the garden center. Gotta have the "Sugary" tomatoes … [Read more...] about Seeds