Seed Catalogs Cure Gardener's Winter Blues
Seasons Of Change
Alas, summer is over and the growing season for many gardeners has come to it’s inevitable end. We are gratified knowing that Mother Nature rewarded our tireless gardening efforts with the bounty of her domain.
Fragrant and beautiful blooming plants abounded and performed for you all season long. The vegetable plants matured to produced tasty and nutritious food from your own garden for your own table.
The countless hours spent cultivating your garden, your masterpiece, proved the endeavor to be a labor of love !
Whew! You deserve some downtime after diligently completing months of devotion to your landscape!
For the garden, wintertime is restful. Everything is exhausted. Day length is shortened, nights are longer, and the garden reverts back to an idle state. It lies dormant and unaware of it’s previous benevolent generosity.
For the gardener , wintertime is restless. Gone is the ability to cultivate; your garden chores have been abandoned to winter‘s might.
Despite the leisure and freedom that wintertime provides we gardeners, the compulsion to cultivate remains. Springtime seems eons away. What is an anxious gardener to do?
Have you thought about requesting seed catalogs?
When the frigid winter wind is howling outside, you can relax in the comfort of your warm home and explore the colorful pages of your new seed catalogs.
Sown Any Seeds?
Have You Ever Grown Plants From Seed?
Starting Seeds ~ University of Nebraska Extension Video
Inside these seed catalogs you’ll find new varieties of plant introductions for the coming year, as well as favorites that are offered year after year. Seed companies only business is selling high quality, fresh seed. Many specialized catalogs have narrow, selected fields of interest such as roses, bulbs, annual flowers, perennial plants, and vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers or potatoes.
Select seed catalogs that cater to you own individual garden or landscape.
Selecting Plants in Seed Catalogs
Seed Starting Kits Make It Easy
Niche seed companies strive to offer hard to find heirloom varieties and organically produced seeds are in demand by today’s gardeners. Many seed catalogs also include items of interest for the discerning gardener.
Tips of the trade, helpful advice and pertinent growing information can be obtained within their pages. Printed, usually in full color, is the climate zone map which is a general rule of thumb for seasonal benchmarks. Seed sowing techniques and crucial information on specific plants make some seed catalogs vital reference material that you’ll want to keep and refer to for seasons to come. Time-saving products and new gardening innovations are featured and showcased for your review.
A Sampling Of Seed Catalogs
I have compiled a sampling of my favorite seed companies and links to their websites and catalog ordering page. I invite you to click on the ones that may be of interest to you . . . enjoy!
Abundant Life Seeds Catalog
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
“All of our seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.”
“We do not buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis. We boycott all gene-altering companies. We are not members of the pro-GMO American Seed Trade Organization! We work with a network of about 100 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of our varieties we sell were collected by us on our travels abroad.”
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed’s catalog includes heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, and more.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co.
Harris Seeds Catalog
Harris’ catalog includes vegetable and flowers seeds as well as transplants, bulbs, and supplies for your garden.