I enjoy the daily small adventure of walking to the mailbox with my critters. This time of the year may be my favorite because of what lies inside the mailbox. The daily small adventures are not like those taken during the month of December where the mailbox is filled with christmas cards and goodies. The mailbox holds an entirely different type of heart fluttering surprise……. seed catalogs! I would bet my bottom dollar that gardeners everywhere have a complete feeling of joy with the arrival of a seed catalog…… or four at our home. Josephine Nuese, author of “The Country Garden” hit the nail on the head when she said “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.” I completely agree and would add in February as well to her wonderful quote!
My husband and I moved to our home in Oregon in May of 2017 and my love of gardening took the back burner, not by choice. We were so busy with wedding planning (we were married in September), house projects, pasture irrigation, raising my first batch of chickens, helping on the ranch, working part-time and literally hosting a bed and breakfast in our home for four months. There was seriously no time to garden. It was so busy but so much fun! Anyways this year I am soooooo looking forward to getting my gardening back on!
The four seed catalogs I requested are:
I have ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirlooms Seeds and Seed Saver Exchange, Inc before and had good luck with most of their varieties when I lived Washington, which is where we lived prior to moving to Oregon. The reason some varieties did not do well is the area does receive more wind, colder late springs and the watering system I used was not “loved” by some of the plants. I plan to reorder from these companies because I am now living in an entirely new climate and have an upgraded water system. The wind still blows here but not as frequently…. thank goodness. The other two catalogs I found happily by accident while I was doing early morning research about plants are two companies based in Oregon! Adaptive Seeds is located in Sweet Home, Oregon and Territorial Seed Company is located in Cottage Grove, Oregon. I am very excited to try seeds from these companies because they are local, seeds are adapted for the Pacific Northwest growing climate and they offer lots of varieties to choose from.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest where are some places you order seeds from for your garden?
Happy ordering everyone 🙂