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As predicted, get your garden seed orders in early!

Posted Friday, February 20, 2009, at 12:53 PM

Recessions have a way of being great for seed sales. Hopefully the seed companies used a good fortune teller last year and stocked up.

This article says that home gardens will increase by 40% http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries... and veggie seeds are edging out the flower seeds based on projected demands.

Maybe I can use these figures to justify to Deb why I am planning two more garden beds for sweet potatoes, winter squash and winter melons. While I love to eat fresh-picked, these veggies store relatively well and getting them out of the intensive beds will give me more room.

Debbi is checking to day for local seeds, but from reports she is giving me at each store she goes to, we will have to place our seed order tonight. Not to panic, they have regular seeds, just not what I am looking for.

This is a MUST weekend to get seeds started (indoors). I am behind on my cool weather crops and the last average frost is about 8 weeks away so I am going to start some tomatoes, peppers, eggplants to have strong a ready to go on April 15th.

I will probably start some squash, flowers and maybe even the first wave of edamame (soybean for eating green) a few weeks later. I always push it some, but that is half the fun or spring growing. Just writing about it has me 'chompin at the bit' to get going.

Hmmm, that means I need more room in the greenhouse, so I might be bring more houseplants to the meeting tomorrow night.

Darn, I should not have thrown out that water-bed heater I have been carrying around for years. I always meant to use it as a seed-box warmer and then for some reason pitched it last year. It was sealed from moisture(obviously)and had an adjustable thermostat. Perfect! Oh well.

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That is what we are hearing from mail order as well. We are going to place our order tonight online at the Weed'em & Reap Garden Club meeting.

Besides getting my order in, we can teach newbies how to use online sites. IF you missed the details of where and when, I am posting again in just a minute.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 8:43 AM

Regarding the "need for seed," Mike at the Bedford Farmers Co-op has strongly urged customers to purchase their seeds early this year - especially the popular items grown in local gardens such as corn and okra. Some retailers are already experiencing some difficulty in finding suppliers for seed.

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:30 PM

Check freecycle.

(Or a waterbed store)

There might be another heater out there.

Why is it we seldom see the need for the stuff we hord "just in case" until AFTER we finally throw some of it away?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:25 PM

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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.