After the holidays are over I hope to get more aggressive with planning my 2014 garden. For now I have done the preparation – mailing away for a variety of mail order plant and seed catalogs.
Two of my favorite local greenhouses are Petitti Garden Center and Cahoon Nursery. I have also found some great deals on seeds and starter plants at Lowe’s and Big Lots. Lastly I’ve utilized some of the regional plant sales to find plants that others are willing to share. But there are still some plants on my dream list that I have not found locally or want a very specific variety of.
Plant and Seed Catalogs
I am practicing organic gardening and lawn care practices, so when possible, I purchase organic seeds. Organic plants are important to me because I am mostly planting an edible garden and landscape. Secondly even for the plants I do not eat outright, I may be harvesting parts for teas and DIY beauty recipes, for which I want the most natural sources possible. The other variety of interest to me – heirloom plants.
After doing some online research I came up with a handful of companies I am considering ordering from. I present my mail order plant and seed catalog arsenal.
I can’t wait to dig into the pages in these mail order plant and seed catalogs little more. In 2014 I would like to start rose bushes and a number of fruit trees and fruit bushes. I’ll utilize the seed catalog to select any herbs or vegetable plants on my “to grow” list. I secretly also want a Meyer Lemon Tree!
P.S. When you buy mail order plants they deliver them based on your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone and ship according to when you can actually plant. If you order during the winter season you can usually receive a discount on your plant order for thinking ahead too!
Much like last year, I have decided to focus on maintenance within my garden. I use this term loosely because it still entails a lot of work. Weeds took over last year. I was able to revamp a few beds but others are in need of severe help. Considering the mild winter we had, many of the weeds are already popping up!
I plan to pull the weeds, remove old mulch, put down newspaper to try and prevent future weed growth and then re-mulch. I also want to do a better job at pruning and maintaining plants. I am still not the most versed in the art of pruning rose bushes or fruit trees – but I’m working on it. I also hope to pick my herbs more often this year, eat and store them for winter; and as a result help encourage new growth on the plants.
I set a goal to edge flower beds and sidewalks at least once every other year, so that will be on the agenda in 2016 as well. Other “maintenance” items I regularly do include: spraying for deer with Liquid Fence, spraying fruit trees to reduce pests, adding fertilizer to plants, spraying rose bushes for aphids (yuck). All the sprays I use are organic.
Plant and Seed Catalogs
Now onto the fun stuff. What new plants will I be growing? I planted 16 “mini greenhouses” two weeks ago. Most of the seeds were from last year so my fingers are crossed they will still grow. I did buy a few new packets of seeds. Again, keeping things pretty simple for this year.
Three items I will plant that are not in the milk jug greenhouses: potatoes, carrots and spinach. I will direct sow all of those once it’s a bit warmer out. In the greenhouses I planted:
Are you planting a garden this year? Any new plants you are trying?