Having picked the last pine needle out of the carpet, or at least the last one that I can see for now, it’s time to…
Get out the seed catalogs!
Ready, set, order! Last one to order seeds is a crummy little dandelion!
Just kidding. Relax, stand down.
There is plenty of time to browse the seed catalogs, make lists, re-do the lists when more catalogs show up in your mailbox, then re-do the lists again when you read blog posts about what other gardeners are ordering. Then re-do them again when you go to the garden center and buy some of the seeds they have. Then re-do them one more time when you discover the online seed companies that don’t have print catalogs.
Lots of time. Oodles of time. Weeks, really.
Around here, I won’t start any seeds indoors until early March and I won’t plant any seeds outdoors until mid March when I plant my peas. I think if I get my seeds orders sent by about mid-February, I’ll get the seeds in plenty of time. Or maybe I’ll shoot for the end of January?
When I do order my seeds, I will order 80% of the same varieties that I ordered last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, especially for the vegetable garden. I like to go with my “tried and true” varieties that perform well for me year after year, like ‘Provider’ green beans, ‘Green Arrow’ peas, and ‘Cue Ball’ squash, and then fill in the rest with new varieties to try. This helps ensure that I don’t a disaster in my garden with green beans I hate or peas that disappoint or ordinary “big as your forearm” summer squash.
But I always try to order a few new varieties, as space allows. And in that other 20% or so that will be new varieties, there will likely be some duds, but there will also be one or two “wows” that I will repeat the next year, and the year after that, and then move to my “tried and true” list, like ‘Cue Ball’ squash.
I love this time of year - these seed catalog reading, seed list making days of winter.
It really is the start of a whole new gardening year.
Ready, set, read those seed catalogs and start those lists!