I have been gardening since before I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of helping my dad plant corn when I was probably not quite 4 years old. So gardening has always been important to me. Now it has taken on additional importance as Nathan and I prepare for a lifestyle where we hope to grow most of our own food. And even now, with only 200 sq ft of our own garden space (in addition to the spaces we share with the group gardeners at Kailash Ecovillage), we still try to grow as much of our own produce as possible, partly to help save money and partly for the love of gardening.
Making the most of this small space takes a bit of planing, but that is one of my favorite parts! Every fall, I am ready for the less hectic pace of winter, and ready to put the garden to bed. But by the time January rolls around, I find that I am already starting to miss my garden. But it will still be awhile before we can actually plant anything, so like most other gardeners, I content myself by looking through all the beautiful seed catalogs and drawing up my garden plans.
|Looking back at our previous garden (much more than 200 sq ft), and dreaming of spring!|
Throughout the following year, I plan to share my gardening activities and to give a few tips along the way. This week's post is about one of your most important January tasks: ordering seeds. To give you the most choices, I recommend that you order your seeds (rather than buying them from a garden center). I find that if you want to make sure to get first pick of the varieties you want, you really should order them before the end of January.
There are quite a few excellent seed companies out there to choose from. I try to support companies that support sustainable growing practices, and when possible, I try to buy organic seed. I also try to order as many of my seeds as possible from companies that specialize in seeds that are well adapted to the growing conditions of the Pacific Northwest, so that the varieties I choose are more likely to do well.
|Can't wait for spring greens again!|
Northwest Based Companies
- Adaptive Seeds
- Horizon Herbs
- Siskiyou Seeds
- Territorial Seeds
- Uprising Seeds
- West Coast Seeds (BC, Canada)
- Wild Garden Seeds
Other Good Companies Around the Country
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Bountiful Gardens
- High Mowing Seeds
- Johnny’s Select Seeds
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Southern Exposure Seeds
- Turtle Tree Seeds
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