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Garden Dreaming

January 21st, 2009

‘Tis the season for seed catalogs. I don’t get too many in the mail because I’ve opted for most of them on-line, but I still get a few.
seed-catalogue
Nothing quite beats leafing through the glossy pages looking at all the new and improved flowers and veggies. I always have a few things I circle in hopes that they’ll flourish in the gardens here at Chiot’s Run.
bells-of-ireland-in-catalog
I’m going to be focusing on edible plants again this year, so only a few new flowers will be welcomed. I’m going to go all green (you remember my love of green). Hopefully some Bells of Ireland and Envy and Tequila Lime Zinnias.
zinnia-in-catalog
I’m also going to be adding a bunch more herbs to my gardens, especially lots more thyme (remember it’s my favorite herb). I really like to order herbs from Richter’s, a Canadian company that specializes in herbs. They have pretty much any herb you could want, it’s the one place I have found a few obscure herbs I’d been hunting for. I’m sure I’ll have a pretty good sized order from them; including a few new kinds of thyme, the Caraway Thyme sounds delightful as does Orange Spice.
thyme-to-order
Since I’m focusing on edible plants this year, those will take up most my seed buying budget. I’m trying to order mostly heirloom plants, particularly the vegetables. Those will mostly likely come from Seed Savers or some other on-line site. I can’t really order those yet though because I haven’t planned out my edible garden spaces. I’m sure that will happen here in the next week or two. I need to go through all of my seeds leftover from last year first.

Is anyone else still planning this summer’s garden, or am I last one? Does anyone have any great sources for heirloom seeds?

7 Comments to “Garden Dreaming”
  1. Judy on January 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I just placed my orders online last night for most of what we will be planting. For heirloom tomatoes we went with Totally Tomatoes and for beans the Vermont Bean Seed Company. I also discovered Victory Heirloom Seeds but didn’t end up ordering from them. They give great information on seed saving, something that impressed me for a company in the business of selling seeds.

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  2. deborah on January 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I too love green flowers! and I’ve planted the green zinnia “envy” for years. I especially like it next to purple, so it goes in near “Marine” heliotrope or my perennial salvia “May Night”.

    Besides Seed Savers, I use Baker’s Heirloom Seeds.

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  3. warren on January 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    We have some stuff ordered and are still ciphering on the rest. You are not alone!

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  4. Stephany on January 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Mountain Rose Herbs markets Horizon Herb seeds and I buy my herb seeds from them but I try to buy most of my seeds from Seed Savers also as they are local-ish to me.

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  5. carla on January 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Because we are moving later this year, I will stick to sprouting until we get settled in. I would hate to start a garden, but end up leaving it. I so cant wait until the move is done!

    If it wasnt for that, I would do mostly greens, some tomatoes and squash.

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  6. Susy on January 21, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for all the references. I’ll make sure I check them all out!

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  7. Mangochild on January 23, 2009 at 5:02 am

    I have mostly finalized my summer garden, but there are still some seeds/plants that keep tempting me from those catalogs! Its addictive in a way. It’s hard to resist and stick to the plan. I like your idea of focusing on heirloom varieties, it makes for a happy way to get varieties/crops that aren’t available in farmers markets etc. An heirloom bean strand or tomato makes a relatively common crop totally different when grown at home.

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