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Seed Seed Catalogs for Gardening Season 2018
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    Seed Catalogs for Gardening Season 2018

    Alrighty, got the last bits of the garden harvested yesterday, and now everything is mulched or will soon be mulched and is ready for winter.

    What seed catalogs are y'all looking at right now? And what's on your must plant list?

    For the first time in ages ALL of my raised beds are filled with soil, one just got a new round of wood to raise it's height and is waiting for the rest of it's soil, compost, wood chips, and then the final layer of leaf mulch, so now I'm excited about planning my garden for 2018.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Just went through Baker Creek and One Green World catalogs yesterday. I'm on a new property and starting from scratch. Looking to build some permaculture areas.
    "...Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." - Ephesians 5:14-17

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    Well, I've been planning the rotation since last spring. lol Then I started looking at on line sites after frost. Then the Southern Exposure catalogue came and I went through it very carefully marking anything that really caught my eye. And so the fun starts. How much do I have room for? How much can I reasonably hope to take care of? And more and more along those lines. ha ha

    Ain't it fun. DH doesn't quite understand the fun of trying new plants or varieties. That is what takes some of the drudgery out of gardening.

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    Ain't it fun. DH doesn't quite understand the fun of trying new plants or varieties. That is what takes some of the drudgery out of gardening.
    Exactly! I must be an oddball, though... I carefully stash the catalogs as they come, on the bookshelf under my computer desk. Once the holiday madness is over (I'm always sewing a bunch of stuff, along with baking/cooking a ton of food gifts, etc), and the darkest, snowiest, coldest days of winter are upon us, the catalogs come out.

    I save more and more of my own seed these days, and I mostly know what varieties work in our difficult climate. But I always love trying a new variety or two, although with fewer mouths to feed, my back getting worse, and the insane prices for most seeds, especially the newer varieties, I sure can't do what I used to, when I might trial a couple dozen new-to-me varieties every summer.

    Summerthyme

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    I'm always looking for any new variety that has the key words that get my attention: for greens those are cold resistant, for most everything else it is heat resistance, drought resistant and bug resistant.

    Some places. especially Adaptive Seeds, have been doing some good work on cold hardy fall greens and they have a selfed down version of the hyprid pepper, Gypsy, which I love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenIan View Post
    Just went through Baker Creek and One Green World catalogs yesterday. I'm on a new property and starting from scratch. Looking to build some permaculture areas.
    which method are you planning to use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Exactly! I must be an oddball, though... I carefully stash the catalogs as they come, on the bookshelf under my computer desk. Once the holiday madness is over (I'm always sewing a bunch of stuff, along with baking/cooking a ton of food gifts, etc), and the darkest, snowiest, coldest days of winter are upon us, the catalogs come out.

    I save more and more of my own seed these days, and I mostly know what varieties work in our difficult climate. But I always love trying a new variety or two, although with fewer mouths to feed, my back getting worse, and the insane prices for most seeds, especially the newer varieties, I sure can't do what I used to, when I might trial a couple dozen new-to-me varieties every summer.

    Summerthyme
    Are you using raised beds at all? If not you should. OC built mine, they're 28 inches tall and it's been a back and knee saver for sure! He wasn't sure at first but let me tell you now he's trying to figure out how to get more in our tiny back yard We have a lot of small spaces left that get decent sunshine and for that problem I've resorted to metal livestock water tanks. They look nice and are the right height. I have two in the front yard with a raised bed in between the two that I grow sweet mint in, I grow leeks, etc, in the water tanks. The tanks are flanked with huge flower pots in which I grow pepper plants, eggplant, brussel sprouts, and the like. I get compliments on my front yard garden from passerby's.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    I'm thinking about a combination of heights of raised beds - including some beds that are simply double-dugs mounds. I sure don't need to produce a lot just for me, but I'm planning on that garden being expandable to feed a dozen or so people. Fruits & berries will likely go more the permaculture route.

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    I just got the Baker Creek catalogue. There are a few new types of peppers that I want to try.
    I could make it cheaper!!!

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    Me too, Dinghey, me too.

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    Mine hasn't arrived yet.
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    Heres two I deal with and the first one I order from the most!

    Jung Seeds & Plants selling seeds from 1907 and is family owned and run. Phone: 1-800-247-5864. Internet Adress: http://www.jungseed.com


    This next one I have not used them much and many do not know about them! R.H. Shumway and run by R.H. Shumway III. They have been in biz selling seeds for 147 years. Phone: 1-800-342-9461. Web Adress: http://www.rhshumway.com
    Last edited by Publius; 12-13-2017 at 11:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius View Post
    Heres two I deal with and the first one I order from the most!

    Jung Seeds & Pants selling seeds from 1907 and is family owned and run. Phone: 1-800-247-5864. Internet Adress: http://www.jungseed.com


    This next one I have not used them much and many do not know about them! R.H. Shumway and run by R.H. Shumway III. They have been in biz selling seeds for 147 years. Phone: 1-800-342-9461. Web Adress: http://www.rhshumway.com

    My mom used to order a lot of seeds from Shumway, thank you for the reminder.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Shumway was my favorite catalog for ordering seeds but they suddenly stopped sending them. Even when I called and was promised one in the mail, it never came. Since I do not use credit cards, I can't order from their website, so I had to stop dealing with them.

    I've found that lot of the various seed catalogs we get are really owned by the same few companies. Sometimes when I'd order seeds from one catalog, the packages I'd get were from a different company.

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