The seed and plant catalogues have been arriving in droves. I’m the target market, they know it, and the marketing efforts have been successful. About a week ago I placed an order for all the seeds I should need this season. I thought I was done. Then, I picked up the Raintree Nursery catalogue. In a few months, I will be planting a lovely White Doyenne Pear, purported to be the “world’s most delicious fruit.” Nevermind the fact that I didn’t need a pear tree. Last fall I order a pear tree grafted with three different varieties. I also ordered two more apple trees, and miniature peach and nectarine trees. Oh yes, there is also the asparagus and rhubarb that will be arriving and all sorts of seeds. I’ve ordered so many things (and I haven’t kept track) that I am sure to find a surprise or two in the nursery deliveries. But come on, how could I resist a pear like a “fine, rich buttery chardonnay, sweet yet tart, with musky undertones and a strong perfume”? I couldn’t. I couldn’t resist the high-bush cranberries I happened upon on the site either.
In addition to leafing through all the catalogues, I’ve planted my first seeds of the season. DoubleD at The Modern Victory Garden published a really great seed starting schedule page on her site. It’s just the thing an amateur food gardener like myself needs. Following the scheduling, the onion and lettuce seeds are now on the heat map under the grow lights and in a few weeks I’ll start the cabbage and broccoli. Thanks, DoubleD, for putting together such a helpful page.
Out in the greenhouse, there is some noticeable activity. The garlic I planted last fall has sprung up. The bunching onions are looking good. The mache continues to grow, although slowly. And the carrots and lettuce planted in the fall are perking up. I think they have overwintered successfully (so far) and I’m hopeful I’ll be able to have an early crop of each.