Seed Catalogs

Are you glued to the TV?  I am. The images of Japan and the potential further disaster as the waves move away from the epicenter is too much to look away from.  Plus it’s pouring outside, so I am unable to go outside and finish a project that I started yesterday (the video of which I can’t wait to share it with you! – it will be studio ‘g’ first – but it’s a big learning curve for me)

vintage seed catalogs and maple syrup

So my forced down time has me coming back to a project that I just haven’t completed yet. (I am embarrassed to say).  I haven’t ordered my seeds yet (I have shame, shame, shame).  In my defense, I get way too many catalogs and it has become simply overwhelming.  Something needs to be done.  Where a normal person might be able to pass a glance, pick a tomato or two, maybe some beans and few other nice varieties, I cannot.  I study, I make lists, I toss lists away and make new lists, I rifle through leftover seeds from last year, re-organize, repeat all, again.  Ugh.   I need an intervention and no one seems to be stepping in.

vintage seed catalogs

I find these vintage seed catalog covers from the smithsonian library to be so seductive.  Like candy for a baby, crack for an addict.

vintage seed catalogs

Are you the same?  Here is what I am doing to get this situation under control. (And this is my advice to you)  Pick one.  Put some down some artificial limits.  Familiarize yourself with each company and based on what is important to you, sort out your top three seed companies in order.  Then order every vegetable that you like to grow from the first, whatever they don’t offer from the second and then the same from the third.  Your second and third orders will be much smaller but you will be able to focus, and you will likely try something new that maybe you haven’t tried before, but you won’t continue to muddle in the ‘too many choices to organize’ mess (like me). Isn’t one of the 12 steps something about knowing your limits?

Put the rest of the catalogs aside – they can be useful during the growing season.  Throwout everything else.  This, along with completing my aforementioned little project are on tap for me this weekend.  What projects are your tackling this weekend?

Oh – and P.S. I just harvest about 5 gallons of sap from my maple trees….it’s on the stove cooking down now…. I think I have about 8 hours ahead of me until I have homemade maple syrup!!   It’s going to be happening Friday night here…..

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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