Seed Catalogue Seduction

First week of June.

Time to plant.

Back in the winter I pored over seed catalogues, drooling at the variety of potential available to me. If you’re not careful with those catalogues, you may find yourself over indulging in what your eyes want but what your land and time management just can’t contain. The herb section is the worst, I don’t know enough about flowers to get terribly excited about them, but the descriptions for the herbs make it seem ridiculous for you to not plant at least one of everything somewhere. I ended up with well over half the herb section, as well as 11 varieties of sunflowers, 500 daisy seeds and a handful of other flowers to use for bouquets. Each one came packaged in their little white packets with simple directions on planting and growing them printed on the side. I was overjoyed to see them. I organized them into three sections first, second and third priority. First priority I had to start 8-10 weeks before transplanting, second priority 4-6 weeks and third I could direct seed. The third priority was much thicker than the other two and I never thought about what that would mean until now, June. I spent the majority of this afternoon poring over my seed packets and trying to figure out where all these intelligent little pieces of botanical life are going to fit into my narrowing garden spaces. I must have 15 varieties of perennial herbs some that spread some that grow tall some that need space, some that need sun, some that need shade and some that need nothing at all but to be strewn on top of the soil and left alone to do their thing. The space I have had in mind has gone wild with golden rod, and blackberry canes and I am daunted at the idea of taming it for my domestic uses. Tomorrow I will have to buckle up my boots and tackle them into behaving, at least for a little while.

The farm sprouted this week. Potatoes, beans, corn, fodder beets and rape have all come up in the orchard. We’ve had a little trouble seeding carrots and beets on our raised beds but some of them have arrived tiny green leaves pushing through the hard clay mound we deposited them in weeks ago.

This week is the last week of my after-school garden club and I am on the hunt for twenty-one, food grade, 5 gallon buckets for the kids to plant container gardens to take home. If anyone happens to have a stock pile of them and lives in the Rutland area give me a call: 235-2025.

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed by their seed packets? Anyone finding, or making new places to plant?

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June 5th, 2011|

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  1. cyn June 6, 2011 at 5:54 am - Reply

    no sunrise..just varying shades of grey and 100% humidity mists..but this picture is making me smile

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