Seed Catalogues seem to arrive ever-earlier each year, it seems. We now have many by mid-December! Early-bird ordering seems the best guarantee to get those seeds we’ve just “got-to-have”. We deal mostly with Fedco and Johnny’s.
A few years back Fedco had a catalogue entitled “Spring Fiction”. This, of course, is “planning” for the garden, and “gardening” in the winter from your arm chair. The seed packets seem cheap, the garden space limitless, the weather ahead perfect, and your time and energy boundless.
Our friend lent us a book last year. We really enjoyed it and recommend it:
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. Kristin Kimball. 2010.
I lifted a few quotes from it, and would like to share some with you:
(page 119) …. “If it had been left up to me, we would have grown one of everything from the catalogs that year. In the winter squash section alone, I underlined twelve intriguing varieties, including Candy Roaster, Turk’s Turban, Pink Banana, and something called Galeux d’Eysines, which the text told me meant “embroidered with pebbles.” The herb sections made me completely nuts. How could you not order one packet each of saltwort, sneezewort, motherwort, and Saint-John’s-wort, plus a sample of mad-dog skullcap, which the text said was once a folk remedy for rabies? At a buck a pop, how could you go wrong? The whole trick of seed catalogs is that they come into the house in the winter, when everything still seems possible and the work of growing things is too far in front of you to be seen clearly.”