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Old 12-27-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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Catalogs are arriving...

I spend quite a while browsing the catalogs before ordering. When do you start ordering seeds? Usually February here. I'm in zone 6.

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Old 12-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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I'm in zone 5, and I usually order my seeds mid January. I usually start them toward the end of February. I can't usually go in the ground with them until mid May, so the end of February is perfect for my zone.

I've got the gardening itch terrible right now. I look out at my two gardens, one is 1250 square foot and the other is 1500 square foot. Can't see anything...covered in snow.

After today though, quite a bit of the snow will be gone...probably same for Indiana :)
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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I start onion seeds in January, celery and parsley in February, so I order those seeds real soon. I put off starting tomatoes, peppers, etc. as long as possible, maybe late April. So I buy the bulk of my seeds in March. I buy most of my seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds and I have not received their catalog yet.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:34 PM   #4
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perhaps he's still selecting them...

ok, i'll quit.
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:03 PM   #5
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perhaps he's still selecting them...

ok, i'll quit.
Seems no matter what forum I go to, you're there to make me laugh!

Thanks for SEVERAL laughs today
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #6
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On the topic of the catalogs, I've noticed that a bunch of them (between mine and my dad-in-law, Gurneys, Henry Fields, Michigan Bulb, and Garden's Alive) are sporting a $25 coupon when you buy $50 or more. Anyone else noticed this too? That's quite a deal. Plan on trying some of those (pricey) mushroom kits, and maybe some worms for a vermicompost in the basement, and an upside-down hanging tomato planter. Not much room to grow stuff at our place unfortunately, so don't have too many seeds to order.

I also, consequently, noticed that these companies not only have similar coupons, but similar postage labels/account info section, and have many of the same stock photos, and are all out of Indiana...so then I wondered, are these really just faces of some big mega-gardening company? Or perhaps a company that handles all the ordering part of these nurseries business?

Won't stop me from using the coupons, but curious nonetheless (and somewhat of a shame if it is so). Oh well, happy gardening.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:02 PM   #7
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Thats what i do. I take advantage of the $25 off if u buy 50... And ill treat myself to something i may not have gotten otherwise, like he mushroom kits. My best success was the white mushrooms or cremini mushroom kids. I never had luck with the shitaki log. Im also going to try the upside down, self watering tomato pot.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:30 PM   #8
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Haven't received any catalogues yet. The seed/garden companies must know I can't have a garden any more. Trees have grown too big. Nothing but dense shade.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:17 PM   #9
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I get all sorts of catalogs because I used to run a greenhouse. Scratching out the wholesalers, who require you to buy a quarter pound of banana pepper seed, these are my favorites:

Nichols Garden Nursery
Johnny's Seed Co
Parks Seed
Totally tomatoes
Buntin seed
Shumway's
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:01 AM   #10
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I got 5 today - not all seeds though.

Oh, and before I forget..... DITTO, Neeney. BT, LOL!, as usual!

I'll have to let JoeV know I have a $5 coupon on a $25 online purchase from Hodgson Mill.
I won't use it. He's our "breadbaker extrodinaire", so maybe it would reimburse him his shipping costs.

Then I received DOCTORS FOSTER and SMITH Products for
Dogs & CATS, with some good discounts.
I can't remember our family member here that had a problem with doggie eating it's own ummm waste (yik), but they have a product for that to make it unpalatable. (pg.33) (Sour face as I write that!)
And as if that's not enticing enough to look at their catalog;
they even have "Female Pet Bloomers" and "Male No Leak Wraps"
for incontinence. (pg.73)
Who would have thunk it? Not ME! Maybe Buckytom???

Then the seed catalogs - many things you "northerners" have the winter
duldrums and dreams of growing in the spring I can never grow,
as I'm in zone 10a. Things I dream of year round and get homesick for.

The Cook's Garden (www.cooksgarden.com)
the photography is stupendious with a few select recipes. "For european garden vegetables".

gardens alive! is an incredible catalog. (www.GardensAlive.com)
And this year they offer a $25 coupon when you buy $25 more on catalog prices.
But the special thing about this company/catalog, aside from
the quantity of selection is, they tell you about plant
deseases and pests AND show pictures and prevention.
(remember last year when we were trying to identify what was
destroying roses and such?)

And so far, finally,
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (www.rareseeds.com)
Of all of the books I've gotten over the years, heirloom varieties
are what interest me most, and wish I could invest my time in.

So I'm glad Velochic started this thread. I can live vicariously
throughout the year thru you all.
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