A New Year Begins

2013 has arrived cold and wet in Arkansas.
Last night, we celebrated with a bottle
and our sweet, little 3 week old grandson.
A good time was had by all.¬† ūüôā
Being a grandma is THE BEST!
A new year, though, brings plans for spring.  I can now concentrate on my reading material for the winter.
Seed catalogs!
seed catalogs
If you’ve ever signed up to receive a seed catalog, you’ve probably gotten¬†at least ten by the end of December.¬† I love to look and read about all the new cultivars developed and even though I save the majority of seed from year to year, I usually end up ordering a few¬†unusual seeds to try.¬† Who wouldn’t be intrigued by seeds such as Peppermint Stick Celery? Outhouse Hollyhocks? or Mr. Wrinkles Pumpkin seed?
Before you order though, I would like to share a resource of reviews for several thousand seed and plant companies.¬† It’s called the Garden WatchDog and can be found on Dave’s Garden website http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd¬† I have personally used many of the top 30 seed companies listed¬†but, ¬†if I do order from a different company, I always check this site¬†first.
snowman feeder
Very soon, it will be time to start my perennials under the grow light.  The seeds I saved from the fall have been cold stratifying (usually a must for perennials) since they were collected.   All this means is that the seeds harvested must be stored in a place that mimics their natural environment.  For me, this is done in my unheated garage.
I went a little crazy last fall and collected an enormous amount of seed.  If you are interested in starting some of these seeds, please check back in a few days as I will be giving some of these seeds away.  I will have some unusual perennials and annual seeds ready to go as soon as I get my Christmas deco put away so stay tuned!
In the meantime though, ¬†I’m looking forward to going through each one of my seed catalogs–dreaming and planning for the warmer days of spring…..
ryan gosling garden