Inundated with Seed Catalogs

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Are you inundated with seed catalogs?

Do you have (ahem) MULTIPLE pages open to different seed companies?

It’s certainly that time of year. The seed catalogs are pouring in. And my inbox is filled with offers and sales and lots of varieties of everything garden related. If I peruse a seed companies website and look at something in particular… well here come the ads!

2020 Seed Catalogs
2020 Seed Catalogs

It all started late last year when the first catalog arrived. I looked over the different plants, plotted out my garden space (on paper), dreamed a little, and placed an order. I ordered yellow nasturiums, yellow petunias, yellow squash. I added a lettuce, a red climbing flower, a purple morning glory, some bush beans and marigolds and placed my first ever seed potato order.

I thought I was good to go. I figured I’d pick up anything ‘extra’ at the garden centers come spring. But then…. the catalogs and emails started pouring in. New varieties. Different melons and squashes and bushel gourds.

Right now, I have (ahem) several different seed websites open on my screens. They all have items in the carts. I think I’m becoming a garden hoarder. 🙂

It’s easy to order too much. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. We each have to think about what we’re capable of growing when limited on time and/or space. But that doesn’t stop us gardeners from dreaming!

I’ve narrowed my searches. I’m focusing on food stuffs that my family will actually eat. Vegetables that can be dehydrated or canned or frozen for later use. Heirlooms so I can save seed. But that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna throw in something new, exciting and fun! And let’s not forget the beneficial insects. Got to order more milkweed seed for the Monarch butterflies, some dill for the swallowtails and lots of blooming flowers for the bees.

seed starting
seed starting

Gardening can be a fun fulfilling pastime and it pays to learn to grow your own food. Some ‘preppers’ buy those seed bank containers, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but knowledge and skill also plays a part in being prepared.

Someone that has never grown anything probably won’t have the best luck growing their own food in a survival situation. One needs to learn what grows best in the soil they have, what needs to be stratified, what starts best indoors or planted straight in the ground (okra seeds) and take into consideration water, weather, pests and more.

Grow something this year. Even if you buy an ornamental pepper plant and grow it in a pot on your porch, balcony or windowsill. Just grow something. You’ll learn from the experience.

Green thumbs usually aren’t made overnight.