Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's Nearing That Time Again


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In yesterday's mail, we received our first seed catalog for the year from Burpee Seeds. We have ordered from them in past years, but had in mind for this year a brand new project, in three parts.
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Part 1: We plan to order Heirloom variety seeds this year, rather than using hybrids and other engineered seeds.
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Part 2: We are planning to use many of the Heirloom seeds to start our own plants for our garden this year --- tomato, potato, lettuce, melon, squash, and more. We also hope to start some plants for perinneal flowers, perhaps including some old-time favorites like FoxGloves.
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Part 3: If all goes well with the "starting" of plants, and then with the transplanting, Part 3 will be the saving of Heirloom seeds for the following season's use. Seed saving is a project unto itself, and so we will have to do some research before "the" time comes for seed harvesting.
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It is nearly January 1st, and we are getting more excited as the weeks pass about this year's garden. We have a bit of garden clean up left to do before starting on this year's plans. Cherub 3 has done some research on amending our soil (naturally rather than with chemicals and synthetics), and we will ask the farm to cover the whole garden well with composted manure in the next few weeks. So, when it comes time to till for our spring planting, our soil should be in great shape.
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We did an internet search for Heirloom Seed suppliers, and found a list (and the above photo) of Heirloom Seed catalogs, so we are now on many of their mailing lists. We are compiling our list of "wish to plant" ideas, and will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of these new seed catalogs so that we can begin ordering.
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Spring is coming soon ....
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eventually ....

2 comments:

CAB said...

We received our first seed catalog too! Too bad we're in a rental - I just can't make myself plow up the yard since it's not ours - sigh. Maybe we'll buy soon!

Cindy said...

I love getting those first catalogs, too! It gives me hope that spring is really just around the corner. (I'm not a winter type of gal.)

I hope we are able to plant heirloom seed this year, too. I know we won't be able to do everything heirloom since we don't have a greenhouse and so much of what we plant don't start from seeds. It's a slow process, but we'll get there one of these days.

Blessings!