The Christmas tree is gone, the decorations all in their boxes ready for the attic, and now I finally get to sit down with my…
Seriously, my daughter rolls her eyes at this (welcome to life with a 13-year-old), but I restrain myself through the holidays, putting aside the new year’s gardening catalogs as they arrive in the mail. I’m just waiting for the moment that all the holiday things are done and I can sit down with them and start dreaming of the *uh-um* perfect garden I will have this season.
First, I like to look through each one, even ones I’ve never ordered from and probably never will, looking at what’s new, reminding myself of what I’ve grown and want to grow again. Basically just enjoying the pictures and what they’ve included for the new year.
Then I’ll go through them with a pen and start circling any ones I want to try that look good. This is the “dreaming” part, as I pay no attention to price or even if I already have the same seeds. I just circle and underline anything interesting, including any new planting tips.
Then in about two weeks I get more serious, and I get out my seed file and go through it, writing down all the seeds I need and reminding myself what I already have.
I go back through my marked catalogs and start listing what I want, which I will usually find in one of these three catalogs pictured. I buy the bulk of my seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds (even though they are all the way over in Maine) because they sell smaller packets at very reasonable prices (read: I’m cheap).
Then I place smaller orders through the two other catalogs that are local to the Willamette Valley: Territorial and Nichols Garden Nursery. I know I will be able to find varieties, especially tomatoes and peppers, that will do well in our area.
Garden catalogs that are near the area you live are one of the best ways to learn about varieties suited to your climate as well as the best planting and harvesting times. Some, like Territorial, give detailed seed starting, planting, and harvesting information- and it’s all free in their catalog.
So, find some catalogs from your climate zone (search online if you don’t know), grab a cup of tea, put up your feet, and join me in one of my favorite after holidays traditions- dreaming of the garden future.
I don’t even have any “post-holiday blues” anymore.
Yeah, I’m a definite garden nerd.