It is that time of year as the winter wind is blowing and the dreary days seem endless; the time to dream of warm weather, spring breezes, and green things sprouting once again. Can't you almost smell the fresh cut grass and turned earth?
Every gardener looks forward to the new year’s bounty of seed catalogs. You can spend long hours browsing the possibilities for the coming season, imagining what you want to plant where. What looks interesting to try this year, to reminisce on what worked well last year.
The biggest challenge is controlling the urge to go a little wild on the seed and plant ordering! Last fall, I did as I always do, make myself a list of what I want to grow the following spring and summer. If I could only just stick to it.............
The definitions used in seed catalogs can be a little confusing. Organic means the plant it was taken from was grown using only natural inputs and is certified to be organically grown. Hybrid is a plant that has been bred to have characteristics that are helpful like being resistant to different diseases. These are not ones you want to grow if you want to save seed because the plants grown from the seed saved from it will not grow up like the mother plant. OP means open pollinated. Organic and OP are types you want to buy if you think you may want to save the seed to use next season. Heirlooms are plants that have been in a family for generations. They are all OP. They may or may not also have been grown organically.
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Catalogs I love are the ones that the links are on the right. I have ordered from them all and been happy with their selection and how well the plants did.
If you are a beginner, start with the a kitchen herb garden Start a kitchen herb garden! and a tomato plant or two Tomatoes 101, everything you need to know to grow great tomatoes. The biggest mistake new gardeners make is starting with too much and it becomes overwhelming instead of relaxing and fun. If you have a small space or just want a small garden, here are some tips How to decide what to plant for small spaces?