Sunday, December 11, 2011

making plans

Look what came in the mail this weekend:


Getting seed catalogs to swoon over in December is like getting an early Christmas present! It fills you up with hope and promise and dreams. Time to start dog-earing some pages, doing some calculations, and making some plans. Great, big, grand plans!

9 comments:

  1. Love it. I have had only one come in so far, but I too am thinking the same thing. I had gotten brand new gardening books from the library this past week and am beginning to plan next years garden. Brings warmth on these cold nights.

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  2. Oh, my. The picture is making me a bit giddy. We're so very far from spring here...probably a good 5 months (truly). 2012 is the year that I've vowed I'm really going to put up a lot of canned food from our garden--looks like I'll be able to come here for plenty of inspiration! Any recommendations for beginning canners?

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  3. @bloom right here I'm pretty new to canning too, so we'll be learning together! In the past, my primary method of preservation was freezing and some makeshift root-cellaring, but it's never quite enough to last through the winter (not to mention the lack of space!) I have Ashley English's canning and preserving book, which I really like. I've also heard great things about _Canning for a New Generation_ and the _Ball Blue Book of Preserving_, although I haven't had a chance to check those out yet. But, YES, 2012 is the year for canning!

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  4. Oh... what a treasure! I love the seed catalogs, they are my favorite kinds of catalogs to receive!

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  5. An entire Winter's worth of good reading! I too have grand plans for next year's garden (and for the hoop house - hoorah!!). Can't wait to see what you select for your CO garden!

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  6. Enter the season of the perfect garden. You know, the beautiful, lush, bountiful one that is built up in your head all winter while paging through catalogs and books...where there are never bugs or hail or blistering, withering heat, and always enough rain. I love that garden. Happy planning, Jamie. It is one of the under-appreciated fun parts of the gardening endeavor, don't you think?

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  7. I save mine up for January, when the winter starts to feel endless. It's my favorite reading!

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  8. @BLD in MT So, so true! Ah, it's fun to dream.

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  9. I think gardening catalogues are one of the under-appreciated joys of the winter season. When I am looking out the window at the 5 feet of snow in the backyard, it helps me to envision all those plants that WILL be growing in just a few short months. I love the Vesey's catalogue...I may be biased because it is a Prince Edward Island (home) company, but everything just looks so good.

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