I have a funny habit with seed catalogs.
Well, after complaining here yesterday that I hadn't received the catalogs I ordered, I checked the mail and got the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog! (http://rareseeds.com/) Whine and you shall receive! :smileytongue:
I've always gone the Walmart / Home Depot route for seeds too, but I've read a ton of books about gardening and books by gardeners this winter that romanticize heirlooms, so I decided to go that route this season. I have two books on my night stand right now that are specific to gardening in this area. Though, like Karen said, we live in an odd little microclimate, so I'm also planning to post on our town's message board to inquire about the things they've had success with.
I also need to read through our extension office's website. I'm going to have to quit my job to get all this research done!
Funny how that works.
We are inundated with catalogs --- all DH's doing as most are perennials, daylilies and hostas. Once, I even had a catalog that specialized in CHinese veg! Something like Tainong http://www.tainongseeds.com/ or Everygreen Seeds: http://www.evergreenseeds.com/vegetableseeds.html...
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A friend of mine posted this to Facebook. It's a site that sends you organic / heirloom seeds when it's time to plant, along with instructions. You can pick from a balcony garden size up to a family size garden. Seems a little pricey to me, but I guess there's something to be said for the convenience of not having to figure out what to plant in your area and when.
(I am not affiliated in any way with this site. Just thought it was a neat idea!)
It is pricey... Nearly $20 for a pation garden sounds steep to me.
True, I always worry about paying a lot for a plant or seeds.