Dreaming of Spring Gardens

The dark and cold nights of winter are here, along with short days, crisp outside air and warm indoor fires. One of my favorite things to do in winter is to curl up in a comfy chair, in front of a crackling fire and read about gardens. The seed and garden supply catalogs are arriving in the mail, with their color-laden photos of all the fruits, flowers and vegetables that you can imagine.


This is the time to start planning your garden, before the first spring weather. Don’t wait until the snow vanishes and the first green shoots peek above the brown earth. When spring comes, it can come in so fast that the weeds will be tall before you can catch your breath. Look at last year’s garden plan, and decide how you will rotate your plantings this spring.

So many questions to find answers to: Which veggies do you want to grow?  Are there some new varieties of carrots or beans you’d like to try? How many plants of tomatoes will you need? Which seeds need to be started indoors? Which can you plant directly in the ground, and when will you plant them?

So, gather those seed catalogs. Pick up a couple of gardening magazines. Read up on heirloom seeds, and some of the old varieties that have come back into the market. Research, read, dream… spring is coming!

Here are some links for you to start with:

http://www.seedsofchange.com/ free catalog, from a top organic garden site.

http://www.burpee.com/ veggies, annuals, perennials, some organic


http://www.westcoastseeds.com/catalogue/ Canadian gardening guide, heirloom, heritage and organic seeds

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