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First seed catalog of the new season!!!

Posted Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 9:45 PM

I don't believe I remember getting a new seed catalog before Thanksgiving, but there it was sitting in our mailbox from Pinetree Garden Seeds. This year they expanded their heirloom varieties with their oldest so far being from 1824.

Heirloom varieties stay true as long as you don't have others of their kind too close to each other so they are great to save for following years. With the genetic roulette game many seed growers are doing these days, your seed will rarely be reproducible.

One of our garden club members has what she bought as a Big Boy Pea produce three other peas when she grew them the second year. By the way, these are also knows as (dried) beans in other parts of the country.

I have just started on the seed catalog. Has anyone else started receiving theirs?

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Pinetree Garden got the jump this year. I looked at it, a little amazed that they would send out their catalog so early. I'd be afraid it would be lost in the bottom of the pile come mid-winter ordering time.

Have you ever ordered from them? We haven't.

-- Posted by dmcg on Fri, Nov 21, 2008, at 2:20 AM

I received the bulk of my seed from them last year. As I recall, I received everything in a timely manner. I thought I had the invoice close to me, but I must have filed it.

Johnny's Seed is another nice one to deal with. I can't remember why I did not order from them last year. I think Pinetree had a few I wanted and I just put it all together.

I get my oriental veggies from Evergreen on the West Coast and my soybeans from another West Coast seller. Can not recall their name at the moment.

I used to travel extensively and stopped by many of these seed and mail order garden supply companies out of curiosity. Those with test gardens are more interesting.

I will probably order earlier this year. When the economy takes a downturn, I have noticed the seed companies running out of seed faster. It seems that more people think of gardening to save money on their food bill.

That reminds me, I need to step out to see if my late season veggies got hit by last night's freeze. Later!

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 21, 2008, at 9:56 AM

The cabbage survived as well as the sugar snap peas, and mint. I am pleasantly surprised about the cabbage.

Just got a newsletter from an herb farm in New Jersey. They got hit by an early snowstorm that broke many of their trees (13" of wet snow). Guess our 20 degree weather is mild compared to that.

By the way, my family has known these folks for about 40 tears. They built a nice little family business and know their herbs. You can visit them at http://www.wellsweep.com/Intro.htm

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 21, 2008, at 12:02 PM

Has anyone else here tried haybale gardening? I have been doing it for 2 years and its works very well?

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 5:57 PM

Are you referring to using hay bales to insulate cold frames, layering hay as a mulch and eventual food for the plants or something else? I remember Ruth Stout used to swear by it, but I have not committed to it yet.

I put a grass and hay mulch on a few beds several days ago, but I did not have it in my mind to continue. Maybe I should.

Tell us more??

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 9:03 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.