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Happy New Year Gardening! Well, happy New Year as well, but....

Posted Friday, January 1, 2010, at 11:54 AM

The sun is out and lookin' good. It was not heating like it should but hey, it is on vacation in the Southern Hemisphere, so we can't be too tough on it.

I started collecting the garden catalogs that have come in and was surprised that I already have 10 of them. For some reason I only remembered about four of them, but that may be a reflection on my excitement about these four.

I believe the first in the door was Totally Tomatoes then Horticultural Products & Services Catalog. Then came Jung Seeds, Gurney's , R. H. Shumway, but the first four that really caught my attention are Pinetree Garden Seeds, The Cook's Garden, Johnny's Selected Seeds and Territorial Seed company.

I usually order from Pinetree and Johnny's, so I always look forward to them, but two surprises to me were The Cook's Garden and Territorial Seed Company. Vc xg4444444444f No, this is not a misprint or an exclamation. It was something our cat Sammy wanted to share, so this time I left it in.

This is the first year I recall getting The Cook's Garden Catalogue and at first I associated it with a well known garden and cooking writer Barbara Damrosch, but after seeing no mention of her in the pages, I looked further and saw the difference. Barbara writes a column call the "A Cook's Garden" in The Washington Post but does not appear to be connected with THE Cooks' Garden. Anyway, it has a nice touch in its' presentation of the seeds.

Same thing with Johnny's and Territorial but I keep coming back to these like a good book for growing information, great photos, interesting descriptions about the different plants and selection. Even as I wrote this, I keep picking up one or the other and finding something new.

Admittedly, I am a vegetable and herb gardener first and while I love ornamentals, food always seems to be on my mind. (No surprise with my slim figure. NOT) Most of my ornamental choices have an secondary purpose like attracting beneficial insects, repelling detrimental insects, discouraging grazing animals, adding nutrients to the soil, breaking up hard soil or sometimes herbal or food properties. Of course another purpose is to please my spouse, which is where secondary uses are not considered at all.

Pinetree is not as detailed, does not have quite the selection or flashy presentation, but they provide a much less expensive source for trying new things. Most of the seed packets in Pinetree are $2.00 or less while most of the packets in the others are $2.00 or more. Jung Seeds & Plants is somewhere between Pinetree and the others. They have packets under and above $2.00, and have decent prices on supplies and plants.

I have dealt with all but The Cook's Garden Catalogue and been please with their customer service. As more come in I will try to include thoughts about them.

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I like the cats contribution.. very cute. thanks for the seed company catalouge idea.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 5:47 PM

I've gotten a few of the new seed catalogs in, Gurney's, Johnny's Select seed. I know of a couple more should be on the way. I can hardly wait to get back in the garden.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 12:47 PM

And what a garden you have!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 1:17 PM

Thanks, for the compliment Steve. Part of the garden is covered in piles of leaves and part of it has already been tilled. This freeze should help the soil. I'm still working on my gardening notes, but kinda slow when you have a broken finger.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 11:10 AM

I considered working the soil, but so much for good intentions.

I expect the temps over the next two nights should also knock down the insect population a little bit. They probably did not plan on it being this cold, like us.

It is amazing how much we take all of our working parts for granted until one is injured. I am sure a broken finger affects you more than you thought originally. My typing is bad enough without a handicap.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 10:47 AM


Got my copy of The Cook's Garden seed catalog in the mail. Quite a big selection of veggies in it. Also, have you heard of anyone having Ghost Chili pepper plants locally? I'm itching to get back in the garden.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 9:50 AM

I have not heard of anyone growing them for sale. Maybe someone else knows? I would think one plant would go a looong way.

For those who are not into hot peppers, here is a link describing them. I can not say from personal experience since I do not enjoy pain. Spicey yeas but these sounds ................ http://hubpages.com/hub/Ghost_chili_is_n...

By the way espoontoon, that pepper plant you gave me is doing well and even kicked out a flower this past week. It must be itching like RT to get back in the garden.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 2:01 PM

I found someone who has planted some of the ghost chili seeds in her greenhouse. We'll see how well the seeds germinate and how the transplants do.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:04 AM

Does the Ghost Chili have a history of germination issues?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:11 AM

Not that I know of, it is just the first time they have planted any of the seeds for transplant.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:28 AM

I checked with the grower and she hasn't planted the seeds yet, plans to around the end of the month.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:33 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.