Monday, November 16, 2015

Stokes Seeds 2016 Gardening Guide

In a rather grand surprise, Stokes Seeds 2016 catalog has a new look and focus.  Stokes has always seemed to me to be largely aimed at people with small farms.  This year, as you can see on the cover, they embrace the "foodie" crowd who love locally grown, fresh foods.

The truly beautiful new page layout includes not just cultural information, but some recipes.

"For those of you who may be familiar with our catalog in the past, this catalog may come as a shock.  We have selected only the most popular varieties to make your choice easier, made the print bigger, and provided a picture for every item.  If you can't find an old favorite check our website, we have literally thousands of varieties that we could not fit into this one book."


Friday, November 13, 2015

2016's First Garden Catalog Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pine Tree Garden Seeds is my first mail order catalog arrival of the season.  Last year, for some reason, I didn't receive one till March, and the seed starting season was well underway.

I did my best job ever of garden cleanup and putting the garden to bed this fall.  I also decided I would start completely fresh with the garden in spring 2016.  I tossed tons of stuff, including all old seed packets, all seed and plant catalogs, and any plants or shrubs deemed unworthy.

My plans for what I'll feature and grow aren't even at the glimmer stage yet, but I'll see what catalogs and offerings come my way.  Plants and herbs and succulents in pots were so beautiful this season, and so easy to maintain, I'll surely add more containers.

Let spring dreaming begin!