Friday, November 26, 2010

Winter Reading - Part 1

Realizing that we are really only half way through Autumn & calling it 'winter' can be misleading, (I personally think that the seasons are changing & there should be a date change to reflect that - because for me, spring also comes early - usually mid-February - more on that later...) But anyway - Winter Reading is an important way for many of us to survive these dreary days.

One of my long anticipated reading materials has arrived: Stokes Seed Catalogue!!

Isn't that cover just delicious!! I would love to have a veggie garden that produced like that - of course, I'd be feeding half my community, but right now it just stirs my blood & makes me see potential in all my endeavours.

I've not yet had the time to delve very deep into it (I have another seed catalogue sitting beside it...) but the first thing that captures my attention are the lettuce varieties.

I had such a great year growing my own lettuces (just a random blend of 20 varieties) and I'm having such a difficult time getting back into store-bought romaine & mixed greens (never, never ice berg!) that I really can't wait to start some more lettuce in the garden.

Actually, I do have some started in the greenhouse that look like they have survived the snow & freezing temps of this week. Can't say the say for my geranium cuttings...

But I'm wondering if these little plants will actually grow or remain this size til things start to warm up in the spring. My greenhouse is not a hot & humid greenhouse (which allows me to grow tomatoes & basil very well) but also keeps things rather cold in the winter. Well, then again, this is the first winter I'm actually using it as a 'greenhouse' versus storage shed, so I should expect some renovations on the horizon. If I built a cover for the small section of lettuce where the plastic was only a foot or 2 above the plants, I wonder if that would keep them warm enough to grow...

The second group of plants that caught my eye immediately are the coleus... I have very little experience with annuals, other than most vegetables, but these have captured my imagination for yet another year.

Dare I try to grow some from seed?? Or should I start with just purchasing a few small plants at the plant sale & see how they do out here. Are they slug bait? Do deer come from miles around just to munch on them? Oh wait - would the Black Dragon (the one I really want!) actually fit into my garden design??

And this is just the first of the seed catalogues to arrive in my mail box.

Where's my highlighter?!!

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