The Christmas decorations are coming down. Things look depressing. The weather is cold and dreary. I don’t even want to go outside.
What’s that in my mailbox? Garden catalogs.
Those supply companies know how to time it just right. They take the winter blues and turn them into dreams of spring. Dreams of how great the garden is going to be this year, before the reality of insects, disease, weather, wildlife and my nemesis the evil Houdini bird set in.
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I do most of my ordering online, however I enjoy flipping through all the printed catalogs with a cup of coffee.
First, I make my dream list. All the new plants I would like to try growing. All the cool/necessary gadgets or tools.
Next, take my dream list and cut it into a reality list. A list of what I can realistically afford or have room for.
Then I order and wait..and wait.
Wait for the seeds to arrive so I can get started indoors.
Wait for the robins and crocuses to appear. So I can get started outdoors.
Wait to see how everything comes together….. or falls apart.
Wait to enjoy the great tasting, fresh picked fruits and vegetables. So worth the effort.
What are your favorite varieties to grow? I am always looking for improvement. I imagine others do as well.
Below are a few of my favorites:
Tomatoes- Brandywine – These are not pretty tomatoes, but the taste more than makes up for it’s looks. They have so much flavor. Actually, before having these from the garden, I didn’t even like tomatoes. So meaty, few seeds.
Raspberries- Yellow – Anne– Tastier than the red. Didn’t get many this year as it was the first season.
Strawberries- Ozark beauty– Large, sweet berries. I like them much better than the smaller varieties. I buy the everbearing varieties so that I can have berries all season.
Cantaloupe- Ambrosia– Really sweet, nice sized melon. Easy to grow.
What are your favorites?
Tell us, I’d love to try something new!!