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Seed catalogs are coming!

Nov 18, 2010

Sometimes I wish there was a 12 step meeting for seed catalogs, because I can't seem to resist them. I don't even want to admit how much money I've already spent. 

But I'm not much of a shopper, I don't spend much money on clothes or gadgets, so I guess spending money on seeds isn't so bad! 

Anyway, this year I've decided to keep track of many more seed varieties, so I know exactly which ones have performed well and which ones I don't like. I've written extensive reviews on my personal blog, such as the mitla black tepary bean, marketmore cucumber, or the yellow crookneck squash. and have also kept a log of other gardeners recommendations that I would like to try. Feel free to check it out. 

Have you found any particular varieties that you really like and want to recommend to other gardeners?


Amy, I'm afraid I am obsessed with seeds. Fortunately, I turned it into a business--but still, I buy more seeds than any human being could ever grow. It's shameful. However, everything I buy is heirloom, many are on the Slow Food Ark of Taste, so I hope I'm helping to introduce my customers to interesting varieties. Last year, I grew 130 varieties of tomatoes--it was so much fun! I adore Thai Pink Turtle Egg, Chocolate Cherry, Kellogg's Breakfast, Dr. Wyche, to name a few. Happy growing! Julie
I hope that gardeners cultivating this topic - both here & on your so-informative & well-presented blog - will note where they garden, so readers can match their envisioning by climate-results, & also note favorite seed sources & why, as I am sure you have, Amy. Yes, readers can always click on the author to find out where they garden. But it is well to remember for webpage-changes that some gardeners are not on the fastest computers or Internet connection systems. In fact, the USA is currently #23 in the world for the Internet connectivity speed available. Right now I am working on a project on the edge of a City WiFi system that gets diluted strength when full of users or it drifts & I sometimes resort to walking to the coffee shop or Library to get a viable connection. Wifi is on the same band-width as microwave ovens, so during slow times with multiple users, the WiFi bandwidth may be making nachos or warming beverages. Saw this fact on video from Larry Page, co-founder of Google ... Julieta, please say more about the Slow Food Ark of Taste re seeds. Roger Doiron took in the Slow Food Conference in Turin, Italy recently - Terra Madre. Hmm - I should check the spelling but that would take a page-change on a busy morning ... Amy, I will be back to be inspired by your perspective & results so far on this delightful, timely topic that is so vital - to life!
Julieta, do you have an online store or a local store?
Amy, I do have an online store (which needs to be updated for spring with new products), plus I also sell locally. I'm not sure about the protocol for "talking business" on this site...I'm attaching the link if you're interested. I'd love to hear any ideas or feedback you can offer!
Your attitude toward advertising your business on KGI is refreshing and hits the bulls eye in my mind. I've visited your websites and am in awe of what you've done and are doing with your product. I just wish I had some of your drive and energy. We need more like you who respect this site and its members. I'll be checking for seeds soon and Garden Delights will be on my list. It seems that some only join KGI to post advertising spam. Shame on them, but then some feel no shame. I applaud you! Stay natural, David
I'll definitely check it out!
Oh Amy, The Pinetree catalogue just arrived and so it begins. I'm also addicted. When dating my wife 38 years ago I used to sit with my father-in-law in Westford Mass, look at the catalogues and drink coffee for hours into a winter evening. He knew a lot about each variety and what he didn't know he made up. I miss him so much. He didn't make much money and his one acre garden provided most of the food for a wife and eight children. My wife tells me that she would sit with him at the table and watch him make lists of the seeds he needed and the new varieties he wanted each year, then he would show them to her mother who handled the budget and she would tell him it was too expensive and he would have to trim the list. It made my wife feel bad because she saw how much he loved his garden and because of that she never says a word about anything I spend on seeds. Here in South Carolina I've found that Marion tomatoes do well and I grow several plants each year. This past year I grew Kelloggs Breakfast for the first time, and I agree with Julia, they're fantastic. They're more susceptable to blight than Marion or Roma but worth the trouble.
Oh what a sweet story. :)
Hi Everett I hope all is well. I think i live in a parallel universe to you, as my wife also has seven siblings, and i have been married for nearly as long as you have. Nowadays i seem to buy most of my seeds on t'internet, so seed catalogues are few and far between. I think the only catalogue that comes now is the Thompson and Morgan one, and i seldom buy much from them as they are expensive. It is nice though looking through a catalogue and imagining what is to come next year. I,ve just ordered some new tomato seed from this place. The only reason i ordered them was that they were on offer. [I like a bargain, even an imagined bargain]. This year i,ve gone for tomatoes with 'black' in the name as i,ve not grown any before and they seem to be popular nowadays. By the way with regard to little shed photo. I hope you weren,t the one that broke the door!!! [LOL] [See Botany Bay 9 of 20] Regards Glenn
Oregon Sugar Pod Peas from Nichols Garden Nursery in Oregon & online. This is the fully-round, crisp edible pod, with vines that grow 6' tall & more. They need a sturdy trellis, like Johanna's photo in the Garden Tips & Tricks discussion. I prepare the planting trenches in the fall & plant the peas pre-sprouted & dusted with legume innoculant before we are done with hard freezes. Harvests have been long & abundant. Alaska variety Nasturtiums from Stokes Catalog & online last time looked. Alaska grows like a 2.5' - 3' tall & wide hedge, with masses of extra-big leaves & fewer flowers than other varieties. The leaves make great sandwiches with home-made, whole-grain bread & garlic mayonnaise. Next time I grow it i want to pickle-brine some leaves for a new taste in stuffed grape leaves. Cleome from any source makes a beautiful, bushy 3-4' tall flowering plant & is an annual. Flower heads come in white, pink & shades of rosy pink & leaves look like Cannabis. You don't find Cleome in the nurseries because the seedlings grow tall so fast they are hard to handle commercially. If you don't know Cleome yet, search for it on Google Images for many views. It is much showier than any of the photos. I used white Cleome to fill in a Golden Currant hedge before it was fully established. Cleome has a strong, spiny, trunk of a stem. Although the source is listed as Carribean, it turned out to be very frost resistant & was one of the last things blooming in late fall here in zone 4.
Ejmac, I got my catalog this week too. I really enjoyed your story about your father,much like my father. My father always planted more than he needed for the family of 8 & gave a lot away. Your wife sounds like a siaint, you are very luckly man. Glenn, Does "Tomatoes Pedia" sale outside of the U.K.? I am trying black tomatoes for the first time this spring. I am told that they taste the same as other tomatoes. I have "Black Krim" seeds now. Jessica, Pinetree catalog 2011, has Alaska mix (30 seeds) for $1.35 on pg 69.
Hi Joel I think they do ship worldwide, but i don,t know how far through your order you have to get before you see the shipping costs. See Here. I don,t know how easy it is to get seeds into the US. I think the US customs are quite strict. Black Krim is one of the ones i am getting. Looks quite good in the photo. Regards Glenn

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