The Plant & Seed Purchasing Strategy — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve just stumbled across your blog and plan to be a regular reader. Like Karen, I’ve also laughed and nodded, and it’s so fun and refreshing to read gardening stuff that isn’t so stuffy and/or boring. I’m also in zone 8(b, to be exact), which I just find so fascinating that our yards/weather could be the same and yet so, so different.

    I just ordered a bunch of seed that arrived this week, and I’m excited to try growing things. I’ve been a gardener for 25+ years, but seed starting has always intimidated me so I haven’t given it much of a shot. BUT THIS YEAR is my year! Never mind the fact that we’re currently renovating our 1920 fixer upper so I really should be in the house and not the yard, or that my beds aren’t even built yet, or that I also want to build wattle edging. I’m sure it’ll be FINE. 😉

    Look forward to tagging along! Oh, and do let us know how the loofah turns out! Who knew it grew on an actual plant (except maybe everyone but me)?!

    • Hi Cheverly–Thanks for stumbling in! We, too, are in the middle of fixing up an old house (1905), so I hear ya on how house projects get in the way of my garden priorities. So hard to find time for everything as it is, and what do I do? Order a ton more seeds! My goal is to keep adding more plants until the grass has nowhere to get a foothold. One big thing I should have done differently from the beginning was to start small and optimize that area before moving on. And yes, wattle edging is definitely on my creative list of to-dos. I figure if I can just define the edges, everything will instantly look more organized. I agree, Zone 8b is classified in very different parts of the country – but I see we still have common ground! Thank you so much for your kind words. Good luck on your seed planting!

  2. Happened upon the article you wrote, “To Convert an Orchard to a Food Forest, Start with the Soil”
    December 16, 2013. I’m thrilled that I came across your path and have giggled and LOL and nodded
    in wholehearted agreement to everything I’ve read thus far. Always such a joy to come across a
    kindred spirit. Can’t wait to catch up on previous posts. Thank you for being you.

    • Well, now. Just about the time I feel like throwing up my hands and saying, “Why do I put myself through all this self-abuse?! I’ve got pruning to do!” … I get your note. YOU are the reason I keep this website going. Amidst all the insanity out there, I feel this weird need to add my two bits. Thank you, Karen.

  3. For a gardener, planning is as exciting as planting, growing and harvest. I like your lists. I have little scribbles of new plants I’d like to try on bits of paper all over and find if I read seed catalogs instead of looking on-line, I’m less likely to impulse buy! I love your enthusiasm and I’m smiling while I read your post.
    I know you have willow, but seeing your apple tree suckers, I’m reminded what a good wattle fence apple and pear suckers make. The false indigo has been a favorite of mine forever! xo

    • Sandy – I am really glad to hear you say that, because I was beginning to think all my planning is another form of procrastinating! I, too, love thumbing through the paper catalogs; mine are all marked up & dog-eared. You are right – it is so very easy to add things to an electronic cart!

      I definitely will have to use apple suckers in a wattle fence. Great idea! Most of them are very straight. I am piling some of them up & covering with weeds & dirt to make a sort of Hugelkulture bed, which right now is mostly habitat for rodents! Others we dry out and use for firewood in an outdoor cookstove. They all eventually get used. One of my goals is to get more creative with fencing and trellises this year. I should start with it right now.

      Good to hear from you! Thanks!

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