Now is the time to plan your Spring garden! Fruits! Veggies! Flowers! Trees! Catalogs!

Midwinter is the best time to sit down and plan for Spring. As my garden settles in, it's becoming obvious that fruit trees and vines are taking over, and annual plants are dropping out of favor. Much of that is the issue of maturity - the fruit trees that I planted a few years ago are entering their producing years. The grape vines have been producing very well for several years now. Veggies are important, but if I don't get things ready on time, the opportuinity is missed for the best production.

My favorite catalogs:
Raintreenursery.comFruit trees and vines

I've bought from Seed Savers' Exchange before - I like the idea of obtaining varieties from people who grow their own. Might be worth looking into.

Yours? Any winter planning (or, down under, what's happening there?)? Planning on greener practices? Do you save seeds, propagate your own via cuttings or grafting, exchange with friends or family?

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I had over a thousand bluebells seeds harvested from my small patch under the magnolia tree and they went into the ground (with compost and fresh soil) September time I think it was - we've just had a sustained freeze and snowfall for the last few days over Christmas, which bluebells need to germinate, so I'm hoping that even if 50% come to flower, the magnolia tree is going to be packed full of bluebells come the spring!!
That's going to be impressive!
I hope you will share a photo with us when they come up.
Wow. A mature orchard! That's wonderful. That's also a lot to maintain.

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Haven't started planning yet. Was reminded by the -tater's 90 year old grandmother, as she's already got hers planned. She planted 28 tomato plants last year, and canned quite a few quarts.

Seed Saver's Exchange is made of win. Haven't ordered anything from them yet, as I haven't taken the time to see what would grow in my growing conditions. I've been reading about them, and watching them grow for years, and cheering them on.

Locally, I and the -tater's 90 year old grandmother love High Mowing Organic Seeds Their seeds are fantastic... all grown under local conditions. The sprout rate is phenomenal. Locally (Vermont) owned, very conscientious people. Lots of heirloom and open pollinated seeds. They were also featured on Dan Rather Reports.

I also like Johnny's Selected Seeds. They're in Maine, and have similar growing conditions to me. They have a free, downloadable seed starting calculator on their website. They're also employee owned. Also have organic, heirloom, and open-pollinated seed.

Burpee has become controversial in some gardening circles. For some reason, they send me their catalog. I've never ordered from them. They are anathema to seed savers.

Fedco seeds is another seed company with a good reputation in the Northeastern US, but people in all 50 states buy from them. They are tres cool because they are a co-operative. Their site hosts a very good article about Monsanto. Anyone interested in open-pollinated and heirlooms seeds, as well as seed-saving may be interested in this article.

I'll be back with a couple more seed companies I like later.




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