Seed Orders, Revisited

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I was listening to North Country Public Radio, and they were having a call in for low temps in the area, and someone from Saranac lake called in with -33.2. I don’t think we went below -20 in Sackets, but I don’t have a fancy thermometer that keeps temperature history.

When I had completed my seed list, I realized I had listings from Johnny’s, Stokes, Select Seeds, Pine Tree Seeds, Fedco Seeds, Territorial, Seeds of Change, Richter’s, Nichol’s Garden Nursery, and Cook’s, and Tomato Growers Supply. Eleven different Companies, and eleven different shipping charges. I realized that, even if I had all the time and money in the world, that it was shameful not to set some limits. So I set about cutting some stuff that was repetitive or just not necessary. I got it down to just Fedco, Pinetree, and Richters. Anything I couldn’t get from those three places, I wrote in my handy dandy notebook all the information so I could get it next year!! Delayed gratification – what a concept.

I was so pleased for a while. But, I really wanted to grow Costoluto Genovese again, because it did so well for me. Cook’s, Tomato Grower’s Supply, Seeds of Change, and Territorial all had them. So, I started making deals with devil in my mind. Seeds of Change had those darn pink zinnias, and the Zapotec Tomato, but all their seeds are 2.49, and that just adds up too fast. Tomato Growers Supply had the Zapotec and Marianna’s Peace Tomato, which is named after my sister and seeds were selling on the internet for $24 for 6 seeds! And they had that Kermit Thai Green eggplant, so I could have a whole southeast asian garden with long beans, thai basil, lemon grass, and vietnamese mint; but, I still have 3 varieties of eggplant from last year, and god knows how many tomato seeds from last year. I think I wound up settling on adding back Seeds of Change and Cooks, not getting my puntarelle from Nichols, not getting my Old Mexico Zinnia and Red Chief California from Territorial, and settling on just 6 varieties of Sunflowers. It will still total about $60, which is no small amount. I will post what I buy when I order, which will be when my husband is out of town on my birthday, which seems like a good time to spend his money on something he thinks is a little crazy.

On that note, I have learned to market things a little better to be more appealing to my husband. He loves seeing birds and butterflies, so I am getting flowers that attract the aforementioned creatures. I am growing a lot fewer perennials, because they all seem to germinate so well, and then you have to rip up your lawn to find a home for them. Annuals are great for those addicted to new, better, rare.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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