Snow Falls, Jump on seed orders!

 

The Garden Club meeting I wrote about in the last post has been cancelled due to blizzard snow.  Rising early I was astonished at how much snow we had last night.Have never liked the deck which was built on the back of the house before we bought it, but it serves a great purpose for the birds.  I cleared the foot of snow from the railings and have an instant flat bird feeder!

With no Judging assignment due to snow, I plan to spend the afternoon with the seed and plant catalogs that have been piling up.

I plan to delve into these first:

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Plant Delights Nursery

Heronswood

Select Seeds

The Cook’s Garden

High Country Gardens

John Scheepers

Old House Gardens

Swan Island Dahlias

Van Bourgondien

White Flower Farm

Territorial Seed Company

Seed Savers Exchange

Thompson & Morgan

As a devotee of Margaret Roach’s blog A Way to Garden, I have learned that it is important to buy organic seeds when possible.  There is a wonderful resource available with a free list of organic seed producers.  Go to Margaret’s blog http://www.awaytogarden.com or http://www.councilforresposiblegenetics.org

Do you have some favorite garden catalogs not named here?

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About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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One Response to Snow Falls, Jump on seed orders!

  1. Tricia says:

    Great pictures! Of course, we in the snow belt scoff at your totals but it certainly does improve the looks of things. Love the bird feeder idea. A Facebook friend suggested this for feeding birds in the winter: “A tip for feeding outdoor birds during snowstorms. Lay one of your plastic trash barrels on its side with its lid off. Put a rock or brick in it to keep it from rolling. Face the opening away from the wind and shovel in some bird seed. I have had 40-60 birds weather the storm inside of the trash can. They are out of the wind and snow and they have feed. Clean up is easy, just pick up the trash can and put it where you keep it.”

    On to seed catalogs! We’re a bit new at the seed thing, but had very good luck with Richters herb seeds in our first garden. Baker Seeds’ peppery mesclun mix (the name of which I can’t put my finger on at the moment) is spectacular and we’ll be ordering quite a bit of it this year. Territorial Seeds is wonderful to look at (and be inspired by). And, of course, High Country Gardens is my go-to for my agastache for the hummers, though I get it as plants (does that count?) not seeds. (See more blather about hummingbirds at my blog http://lettherebegarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/entryway-garden.html.)

    And thanks for the recommendation for the Geoff Bryant book (Plant Propagation A to Z) — I just got it out of the library and you might like to know that it is out in a new edition (or maybe revised?) which we will probably buy.

    What will you be growing from seed this year?

    Tricia

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