When you get a new seed catalog in the mail, do you rush inside, drop your keys and packages by the door, forget everything else you had planned to do, and immediately read the seed catalog?
Or, do you set the seed catalog aside with all the other seed catalogs, and then wait until the holiday festivities are over, the decorations have been put away, and the house is more or less back to normal, before you sit down with your favorite hot beverage and read through the seed catalogs all at once?
When you do look at the seed catalogs, whether immediately or later, do you take notes as you read so you can compare prices and varieties and then split your seed order up between several catalogs?
Or do you browse through all of the catalogs but then order from the same one you always order from?
Do you write in your seed catalogs, circling everything you like with a big, bold black marker and turn down the corners of the pages so you can find those items later?
Or do you use sticky notes to bookmark the pages of each seed variety that you’ve marked with a little asterisk as one you might like to buy?
Once you’ve decided what seeds to order, do you set your seed list aside and then come back to it later and pare it down a bit before you send it in? Or do you go online and order the seeds right away?
Do you ever order more seeds than you could possibly grow? Or do you find out in the spring that you just don’t have enough seeds so you have to go to the store to buy more or place an emergency order online.
Perhaps you ignore all the seed catalogs, recycle them right away, and do your seed browsing all online?
Buying seeds is both an art and a science, and there is no right or wrong way. Over time, every gardener finds his or her own way through seed catalogs or through the seed aisle at the local garden center. (For those of you who garden where there used to be Frank’s Nursery and Craft stores, don’t you miss the big weekend when they would put all of their seed packets on sale for 50% off?)
My way? Most of the second choices above are how I buy seeds. Mostly. Sometimes I order too many seeds (I know that might surprise people) and I don’t always order right away.
It’s currently 22 degrees outside with occasional snow flurries, enough to make the grass look like someone sprinkled powdered sugar on it.
I’ve been outside taking down the outdoor holiday decorations because I like to have the decorations put away before I go back to work. Today I’ll define “put away” as heaped in a corner of the garage because it is too cold to stay out there to put the lights and cords away properly. Next I’ll tackle the indoor decorations.
My reward when I’m done will be a nice hot cup of tea (with no crab), and some time to browse through all the seed catalogs that have arrived so far. Then even though I’ll look at several catalogs, I’ll order most of my seeds from one source. Can you guess which one?
Coming next… tips for reading seed catalogs.