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« on: December 30, 2007 04:54:09 PM »

Now that the holiday season is out of the way-nearly-is anyone else getting antsy for spring?? I am trying to start an even higher percentage of my garden from seed this year. It saves money,environment (not so many plastic containers ansd trucks dragging plants all around the country) and it really is such a cool feeling to see something you planted from a tiny seed become a flower or food Smiley I also like the varieties you can start.
So-are there any fave catalogs you want to talk about? I use Nichols and Johnny's along with the regulars like Burpees.
I'll be setting up lights in the basement and then hopefully transferring them to cold frames and a straw bale /glasshouse.
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2007 11:09:49 AM »

www.cooksgarden.com is my favorite to flip through; I haven't bought anything yet, though.
Hey, When are you going to start the Garden Through the Seasons 2008 thread??
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007 12:08:25 PM »

Since my garden is completely under snow...hmmm...maybe I'll take pics of that!!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2007 11:56:42 PM »

I don't start thinking about it until after the renewal information comes from the community gardens.  I buy a lot of seeds from an asian specialty catalog, http://evergreenseeds.com/.  I'm only going to do one or two early seeds this year - snow pea shoots and maybe an early mustard. Everything else needs to wait until at least May if not June.  Starting seedlings indoors has never worked well for me - direct seeding has been much better, but is difficult before the water comes on in April, and needs cover until the end of May (or later).

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008 12:10:13 PM »

It's funny, but I got the Cook's Garden catalog yesterday!!! I'm marking it up with a wish list.
I guess I just like to start seeds early because it means my hands are in soil again. Cheesy And I love all of the different tomato varities that you can't usually find in the plant stores  Smiley
I'm going to set up a real light system this year with a hanging shop light.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008 01:56:58 PM »

I'm having a hard time waiting for planting time.  This is my first year owning my house, and I've got newbie fever.  It's so nice to not have to put everything in pots.  I've already got my garlic going strong, but it's too cold for much yet.

I'm going to order from seeds of change this year.  I'll look into some of those other places.  I have a Burpee catalog too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008 07:43:34 PM »



Got my garden plot all measured out, I just need to get some topsoil mixed in.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2008 09:02:45 PM »

This year I've just bought some seeds from the hardware store. It'll be our first time starting tomatoes from seeds. I'm really excited about it!

Its been a couple years since we've planted anything. My husband just did the first tilling of the first plot we started about 4 years ago and he said it looked really good. So hopefully next weekend we can plant peas and onions. I've just started my tomatoes, which I should have started around the 1st, but its still a bit of an early start.

Normally we get our seeds from seed savers exchange http://www.seedsavers.org/ but we didn't plan ahead very well this year. I may get some squash seeds from them later. Their catalog is so beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2008 04:17:52 AM »

I order a bit from Park Seed.  Give them a call and get on their catalog list...

Longelegantlegs - Are you going to remove the grass before you start?  I need to go outside (once it is warm enough to sit on the ground..) and remove grass before I get someone to rototill for me.  I did buy a Mantis last year but it really is rough on the arms.  I don't care what they say in the video it is a killer and I can't get it to start on my own so my husband is going to have to do the tilling.... yeah, right!  That will take A LOT of  bribing I am sure!
The grass is a bugger to till under and there is always snippets of roots left so I just remove the grass ahead of time - you can chuck the grass in to a compost pile or something.

But anyway.  I like Park Seed
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2008 09:19:53 AM »

My garden is several small plots-mostly raised. That way I just dig them (or rather, kindly ask the DH to dig them) and then use my teeny tiller. I kill off grass by smothering it with newspaper and straw in the winter. There are new theories of no-till gardens now-once it's been dug once they say it's best for it to not be disturbed.
http://www.dacres.org/No-Till%20Garden.htm
I hope to start my seeds soon...soon Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2008 11:32:07 AM »

I order a bit from Park Seed.  Give them a call and get on their catalog list...

Longelegantlegs - Are you going to remove the grass before you start? 

Yeah, we dug up the soil a few weeks ago and covered it with some old carpet to kill the grass; I'm going to put a few inches of store bought dirt on top, and probably start planting at the end of February. I'm so excited!
I also found a neat nursery: www.raintreenursery.com
I think I'm going to get some of their SharpBlue blueberries this year, to border the sidewalk. It would be cool if people could walk by and grab a handful of berries; no better advertisement for edible landscapes, imo.  Grin

Speaking of which, does anyone here have experience with 'guerrilla gardening'?
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2008 12:41:22 PM »

Oh, I love that idea of guerrilla gardening. I think that it is bigger in England than the U.S. I have made seed bombs in the past-out of dirt and flower seeds- and thrown them along highway areas, but I think that this will give me the impetus to do more. We have all of these supposed "greenways" along the bike paths here with little dying trees. I can visualise tall sunflowers... Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2008 02:43:12 PM »

My big New Years resolution is to start a troop...I live in downtown San Antonio, and even with the hot summers, it could be so much prettier.
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2008 10:16:43 PM »

I went to the store today and found a pot of nine Buttercrunch lettuces, and and another of baby spinach; I put one of each in a little pot on the window sill, because I don't like having normal houseplants.  Grin

So anyway, here's my garden:


Then, of course, I had to go to the garden center, just to look, I swear, and I got some basil and chives and some cilantro seeds, some watercress, etc etc...

Y'all know how it goes.
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2008 05:19:25 PM »

This is my first year with a *real* garden.  I'm so excited!  And so nervous I'm going to overdo it.  We went from a 15x20' townhouse backyard (where we had a raised bin for a couple tomatoes and peppers) to a 3/4 acre lot!  Last August, we blocked off a 32'x24' garden bed and covered the grass with free compost from our landfill plus shredded leaves from our yard.  I'm going to go read that no-till garden link, as we were planning on tilling the whole thing come spring, but perhaps we don't need to.

As for seed catalogs, I am ordering from http://www.southernexposure.com/.  They do organics, heirlooms, and stuff meant for the mid-atlantic region.  I'm hoping this can get us started on the right foot.

I need help LOL  Can I ask some questions here, or should I start a new thread?   Mainly, if I am looking at an early- to mid-May last frost, when should I be starting my tomato seeds?  And will I have better luck starting peppers from seed about the same time?  In the townhouse garden, we bought some pepper plants and then some peppers came up from our compost (obviously it wasn't hot enough).  Both types of plants seemed to do fine, so does it matter?
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2008 01:24:37 AM »

Territorial Seed Company - lots of veggies and herbs, flowers too.
Johnny's Selected Seeds - very good selection of the more common and some unusual herbs, lots of veggies and flowers -I've had good luck with their seeds.
Horizon Herbs - fabulous selection of medicinal seeds and plants.
Richters - (this one is in Canada) good selection of herbs veggies etc.

Thats the list of my favorites that haven't been mentioned yet. Aside from companies like Henry Fields or Michigan Bulb which can be iffy on quality in my experience (but their coupons sometimes make up for it)

Here's a good resource for seed and nursery sites lists all sorts of stuff. Lots of sites that I'd never heard of with nifty things available.
http://www.forkandbottle.com/garden/seeds/seedsource.htm

And one more cause I can't seem to shut up. Its called Garden Watchdog its a site that lets people rate their experiences with mail order and online seed and plant businesses, can be very helpful when your not sure about the quality or service you'd get from a place. Also good if your looking for something specific and want to find a reputable seller. In case you haven't seen it before. The rest of the site is really good too, I usually go there first when I'm looking for info on a specific plant
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2008 04:03:00 AM »

Loireag, you posted it first... sigh! hehe! I was going to put the Dave's Garden aka Garden Watchdog link on here. It is THE directory for web shopping for anything garden-related.
I have found more great plant sources from their pages then any other method.
I like the feedback thing too, where people can post long-winded, honest and detailed praise / critiques, not just "great seller, fast shipping, A+". LOL.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2008 07:39:27 PM »

Thanks for that garden watchdog site-it verifies a lot of my feelings about catalogs I've used. It's warm here this week, so I've been out in the garden meditating where I will rotate various plants this year. I've been not feeling so well, so it's wonderful to get out and in touch with the dirt again!!!
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2008 09:36:52 PM »

I guess I'll still be buying seeds from the companies I've used since I was a kid http://gurneys.com/ and http://www.burpee.com/. I could not imagine a year without a vegetable garden and flowering plants!
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« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2008 04:38:41 AM »

I just planted 8 flats of seeds... and ran out of portable greenhouse space to plant the rest..  I need another portable greenhouse!!!

My pond has little water lily leaves coming up and some of the grasses are coming up green in there as well...  spring is right around the corner here!

A friend of mine is going to lend me her big rototiller so I can dig up a new garden for the spring.. not this weekend though.  I got too much going on!


I planted seeds from Parks.  I was a little bummed though - my green wizard seeds were a bit on the sparse side - I was suppose to have 20 but there were only 12  Cry  The rest seemed to be okay I suppose... can't tell with those tiny ones.. just sprinkle them and hope for the best, right?

Oh and burpee and gurney are NOT what you remember. They were taken over by that big horrid company that does Michigan Bulb company and a bunch of the other ones.  I would say shop at Home Depot and Walmart for your common ones and then look to a different company - you will not be happy with what you get if you plant from G or B...

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