January is seed catalog time. Time to breathe deep of dreams and plans for gardens bursting with flowers and vegetables, orchards full of fruits and nuts, and bloom-laden vines tumbling over fences even while icicles are still hanging outside our windows.
Especially because icicles are still hanging outside our windows.
I’ve only gotten one seed catalog so far, but usually we get catalogs from Gurney’s, Henry Fields, SpringHill, Michigan Bulb, and a few others. Tell me what seed catalogs you get and which ones are your favorites. Maybe I’m missing something! (I got a Baker Creek catalog one year. Now that’s a pretty catalog.)
Amongst my farm goals this year is to (finally) get some asparagus and rhubarb (successfully) started. Maybe I’ll grow some of this Jersey Supreme asparagus.
And maybe this Crimson Red rhubarb.
Every year we grow sweet peas, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and green beans, among other things, as well as all my favorite herbs. And we’ve got quite a few regulars established that come back every year, like horseradish and garlic. We’ve got apple and apricot and pear trees, and I finally had some success last year starting blackberries and blueberries.
I’ve about given up on corn, but isn’t this blue corn awesome? I need to grow some corn if for naught else but the fodder shocks.
I like to try new things, just for the fun and the novelty. Like maybe these French Breakfast radishes.
If I grew some beets, would I start to like them?
I think I need some of these Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts.
Whenever I try to grow any flowers that gorgeous, they die. But this could be the year!
Our one cherry tree died. We definitely need another cherry tree. Or ten.
I have no strawberries. I need strawberries!!
Gooseberries, elderberries, jostaberries, I need them all.
I need some honeyberries and mulberries, too. And some pawpaw!
And I especially need some raspberries.
But what I really need….and I mean REALLY NEED….to grow (!!!) is this dwarf fig!
And mini bananas!
Not to mention mini pineapples!
And Mediterranean olives!
52: “Did you say you live in Zone 5?”
Stop that! Tis of no bearing. It’s January and I have seed catalogs.