Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012
Posted on 01/06/2012 9:53:54 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
January is not the most hospitable month of the year to be sure. If you're like me those cold dreary days are best spent curled up in a chair (for the guys that don't *do* curl -- sit there very manly) with a cup of tea (insert the manly beverage of your choice) and a stack of garden catalogs that you need a front-end loader to move (got you with the front-end loader, didn't I?).
I've got to hand it to the catalog people, the covers are exceptional this year and, by golly, with all of the $25 to $100 coupons right there on the front ... I saved $475 just walking in from the mailbox!
Your first five minutes spent thumbing through will tell you something, regardless of which catalog your choose: Prices. Are. Up. Must be that ol' supply-n-demand thing, because I choose to believe that MY favorite seed suppliers would never take advantage of a market that is growing by leaps and bounds as people discover that you can feed your family the highest quality foods and save money at the same time. Not to mention, you know exactly how your food was handled and by whom. It must be said -- produce from Mexico just doesn't have the same tropical appeal that it once did.
These are the catalogs I've received as of this morning. I've put these in the form of a link that you can take to that company, if you so desire. You can request a catalog of your own or, do what I do, which is peruse the paper catalog and then place an order online.
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co.Please let us know about your favorite catalogs and gardening-related companies. I know that we all love to discover something new that will further our fun in the garden.
Musser Forests, Inc.
Michigan Bulb Co.
Stark Bro's Nursery
The Greenhouse Catalog
Gardener's Supply Company
The Cook's Garden
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Co. *
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. *
Jung's Seeds & Plants
R.H. Shumway's Illustrated Garden Guide
* Henry Field's and Gurney's are one and the same group. I suspect that Burgess is also owned by them, but haven't confirmed
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I’m still harvesting kale, spinach and a bit of lettuce from my cold frame. ;-)
I would love to have some kale right now ... sauteed with some balsamic vinegar ... ewwww weeeee, make you wanna slap yo momma!
I like Territorial Seed Company.
I should go sit down and curl up with a catalog and get that order in before the mad rush.
We are having a BIG FREEZE in South Florida...all my lovely veggies and tropical flowers are looking SAD.
Oh well, the year is young.
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It’s definitely yummy stuff...and much less bitter than what’s found in the grocery store. Powerhouse for the immune system too!!
Another place to be able to get some seeds/things at better prices: https://www.superseeds.com (Pinetree Garden Seeds)
A hard freeze will do you some good with weed and insect control though, if you like looking on the bright side of things.
Not much new with the gardens. We picked up a lot of seeds last year at year end sales. Now I am glad we did what with the increases you are talking about. Of course I grow heirloom for the most part, and save my own seeds. Hubby orders more hybrids.
Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless.
The Deep South, over and through Texas, is where lots of pea and bean seed are raised, as well as other veggie seeds. With the extreme drought of last year, I have no doubt that some seed crops failed and seeds will become scarce before spring. Ordering early is a good idea this year. Especially cowpeas of all varieties.
Thank you! You are too good to us.
We had several inches of rain the last 2 weeks of December, which brought new water into our ponds and bayou. I've caught two messes of fish that have been filleted and put in the freezer.
Has anyone noticed the price of catfish in the stores????? Good grief, last night at Sam's it was over $7/lb. Thank heaven I can catch bass, crappie and catfish to my heart's content.
Weed and Insect Control are “” here in S. Fl! :-) Thank You for the encouraging Words!
You’re most welcome and thank you for those links.
Can’t read that. But, I think I’m still zone 5 (plant to 3 or 4)
You’re welcome ... I enjoy every minute of it!
Yes, the price of everything including fish is really up. We don’t have much selection in our tiny town either. It’s frozen and unless it is marked where it comes from I won’t buy it.
The fish and steaks cost about the same. We eat canned salmon or tuna, since we were able to stock up on that as part of our emergency preparedness.
We have been talking about how we could raise some sort of fish, on our extra lot, but just talking for now.
I’ll try to post a better one next week. Sorry!
Not your fault, but if you can find a better one it would be appreciated.
Yesterday was 47 degrees in Milwaukee. I didn’t even wear a coat — just a heavy Irish fisherman’s sweater.
You’ve reminded me that I didn’t receive a Territorial Seed catalog. huh.
I’ve got to feed the livestock and finish a few chores, but I’ll be back in a while. Post away, FRiends!
Put me on the list, although I get so jealous as I live in the middle of Wyoming and can’t even turn over the frozen ground until the end of April.
Here’s one that might be of interest to our readers:
OK, I'll jump and let my dumbness show. Why all the interest in paper catalogs if a person has internet? What am I missing here?
Territorial’s catalog was late this season...
I got one just a couple days ago.
Maybe it’s on its way.
I was very glad that we had as much as we did planted in containers on the deck, or I would have missed the season altogether.
That’s nice! [Imitating an Obama supporter] Can we get off the list, then back on just for free stuff from your stash? ;-)
I just finished for the day in the garden, 5 hrs.. WOW, Never plant Lima beans, WOW are they hard to get off the fence they grew on.. Also all the squash is cleaned up and hauled off. WOW was that a lot of work, I sprayed down a gal of fake round up and now I have to wait for my Burpee order to get here. I just love Burpee gift cert for Christmas..
I tried to clean up one of the tomatoes that sorta survived but I made a mess of it. I think I will wait to clean up the other 4 for a week till I see how much of it is dead. the Burssle sprouts loved it and have no dammage that I can see.
Time for my afternoon nap.. My hands and arms are killing me after all that work. I have 3 crushed disks in my lower back so I have to get down on my butt to work on the garden. It’s great till I get stuck and have to grab my tools to get up or I have to craw to the fence and pull myself up.. Being disabled sucks but I am sorta liking being retired after climbing telephone poles for 34 years.. I think I am getting used to this “RETIRED” thing!
Take care everyone!
Come on BURPEE...
P.S. I also got some SWEET MEAT squash I am going to try. They look sorta meaty..
“Thanks for the report, gal. We have been having some beautiful weather here in NELA too, in a repeating pattern that goes like this: 3-4 days beautiful sun ... 2-3 days of overcast/light rain as a cool front comes through and leads us back to 3-4 days of sun.
We had several inches of rain the last 2 weeks of December, which brought new water into our ponds and bayou. I’ve caught two messes of fish that have been filleted and put in the freezer.
Has anyone noticed the price of catfish in the stores????? Good grief, last night at Sam’s it was over $7/lb. Thank heaven I can catch bass, crappie and catfish to my heart’s content.”
Thats nice to know, I have a pond full of the fl spotted cat fish.. UMMMM, That sounds good for dinner.. My sister is coming for a visit and fried cat fish sounds great! Thanks!
I have been feeding these fish for some unknown reason, Time for some payback... They stand on their tails and chow down on all the floating food!
But curling up in a comfy chair with coffee or tea and reading glasses perched on the end of my nose, I can see better, and am more comfortable. Plus I can finish the catalog faster and my brain has a cohesive idea of the entire catalog.
Good list JADB!
Heirloom acres is another one I have had great luck with... and they respond well if there is a problem with your order!
So far I have Jung’s, Burpee, Gardener’s Supply, White Flower Farm, R. H. Shumway, and Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, and I’m trying to stay out of them. It’s hard, though.
I showed my husband Jung’s winter hardy peaches and nectarines, and he just growled, “No more projects,” and warned that the deer would eat them.
The current project (which just involves money) is replacing the 2 big, picture windows in the living and dining rooms of my house. I wrote the check the other day. It really hurt (to write the check), but they are going to be beautiful. We did the front door in November.
JADB great start on your new adventure!
Peggy drove to Shreveport yesterday and arrived safely with no problems. She is staying at her sister’s home. They live way out in the country and her cellphone does not have service there - but they have a land line she can use. She plans on visiting her new store sometime today to introduce herself and then starts work tomorrow.
The weather here in East Central Mississippi is wonderful for Jan. 6th, sunny and temps are forecasted for the high 60’s. My digital outside thermometer says it is 71 right now. Sure feels good for a January day.
I do hope that all FReeper’s gardening dreams are fulfilled this spring.
OK, I’ll jump and let my dumbness show. Why all the interest in paper catalogs if a person has internet? What am I missing here?
This company has a great 2012 catalog that you can see online. It looks like they haven’t printed the 2012 catalog yet, but you can still order the 2011 catalog for $1 with a $2 coupon included.
There are lots of heirloom variety vegetables and herbs that might be hard to get elsewhere.
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I am in OR and prefer Territorial Seed catalog as well. Just received ours last weekend and so far have just skimmed over it.
Kale is high up on nutrient rich foods.
There’s only broccoli and onions in the garden now. I haven’t tended it in months so am surprised anything is growing. The tomatoes at the grocery were so bad this week that Mr. B said I needed to get back to the garden. Oh, for some homegrown tomatoes!
And I get jealous of your zone because you can do much more with cole crops that I can in Louisiana. But, if you start your seedlings indoors in March, you should have some nice healthy plants to put out around May 1. Until then, you can enjoy the triumphs and tragedies of us Southern gardeners. :)
My favorite BIL lives in Bozeman MT, and I've had to coax him along on getting his garden going. He grows cukes, tomatoes and speckled butter beans with little hassle. Has to choose short season varieties, but that is no problem whatsoever.
Welcome to the list! Look forward to seeing you regularly.
Thank you! I like that one.
I noticed the price of cookies have also gone up. Well, make that the package size has decreased with the price remaining the same. Good grief, who ever heard of a 9 oz package of cookies? But I saw more than one brand has reduced to 9 oz. Heard the same from a Walmart clerk. Better get those transplants started and increase the size of our garden areas to keep up with rising prices. Hey, anyone know of a good high yield cookie seed?
For me, it is easier and more pleasant to sit down with a few catalogs. For instance, I can turn to the cukes section of each one and look back and forth, comparing varieties and prices. I can lay several out on the coffee table at once.
I will admit that Windows 7 did make it easier online by allowing you to put two panes up side by side, but then you are limited to 2.
I am fond of going through my catalogs on the road while my husband is driving. The screen on my smartphone is not quite big enough to show a whole web page and I don't have a tablet or notebook.
Those are basically my reasons. I'm sure somebody else will chime in with other very good reasons.
Hope that you have more time to tend your maters this year. It was a scorcher last year and the maters needed lots of help.
LOL! Let’s do one signup per screenname, just to be sure :) LOL
I will look at Heirloom Acres and add them to the list of links. It is my intention to begin each weeks’ new thread by summarizing the last thread ... hope that will be helpful.
Tuna isn’t cheap. Drain it and then weigh the meat without the water. Then figure how much it is per pound. You’d be surprised.