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Old 02-16-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Garden catalogs

Garden catalogs. I Finnnnnnnnally got off the mailing list of every garden catalog in print, many which are are just weeds and a waste of paper. O look, hereís another one, and itís free, mail in the postage paid card. Well, afterwhile my mailman was on the verge of a hernia attack. And thatís before he starting bringing packages up the walk. My spring anticipation, no spring left in his step. I got only One this winter. Hurray ! I have a short series bookmarked to read on line. A few specialty catalogs, like a chile pepper catalog, fun to look at and who knew there are so many peppers.
One advantage of a paper catalog is they sometimes have growing tips and other information I do not take the time to find or read on line, just look at the pretty pictures.

Thompson and Morgan, drool, Burpeeís , Gurneyís ( a regional Midwest company), Heirloom Roses in St Paul Oregon ( they sell both heat resistant and cold hardy own root not grafted roses. Reasonable prices. Yes itís a plug, I like them. They are close to Milwaukie Or, although they spell it wrong. ( Did you know there is a Pittsburgh Ca and California Pa and if I ever go to Duluth Ga, I would still pronounce it the same Ė DaLute, the Minnesota way).

After reading / clicking my way through, sometimes enlarging a photo, and not much ordering, I start scouring the local green houses for seeds right about now, mostly who has early bird sales. I collect a few seeds from my garden from year to year too. I don't Need much and I Do Need at least one New plant(s) q/ year to grow.

On or about St Patrick Day, I set up the grow lights. On my basement workbench. Build a moat and surround the perimeter with water filled old milk cartons so the kids donít jump up and make a morning snack on seedlings. O look, sprouts, tastes like grass. Mid march to mid may is 8 weeks, and just about perfect to transplant seedlings in our climate. I tried tomatoes and petunias and impatiens from seed. Needs a much longer indoor head start. I find most annuals take to this 8 week cycle.

Hereís a sampling of several garden websites I like. And have ordered from and purchased their products. And if perrenial plants, they grew !

Thompson and Morgan, A British company. They sell in the US and have seed sections at some garden centers. Look on line, buy at a local nursery if possible.
www.tmseeds.com/

Heirloom Roses
Roses, Rose Bushes, Rose Gardening, Rose Plants - Heirloom Roses

Seed savers (heirloom) seeds
Seed Savers Exchange: Passing on our Garden Heritage

White Flower Farm, Litchfield Connecticut. This is one paper catalog I wish I still received. Their garden design photos shown throughout are stupendous.
www.whiteflowerfarm.com/

What do you like to grow? Do you have a favorite garden website you prefer or recommend?

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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I like planting anything that's edible. I prefer edible flowers too.
This is one of my favourite sites...

Livingseeds Heirloom Seeds
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Thanks to both of you for sharing these links .. it's getting close to that time of year again ..can't wait !!
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Burpee's, Gurneys, and Spring Hill are old reliables. I too have been happy with Thompson and Morgan and Whiteflower. Unfortunately, I now have so many perennials that I couldn't possibly cram in another one! Now I just buy annuals and vegetables from local greenhouse growers and Walmart. I used to grow everything from seed under growlights in the basement. That was a lot of work!
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