Friends, I have a little problem.
Ok, it's a BIG problem.
Each winter, these catalogs arrive in the mail and I become completely obsessed with them. I take them with me almost everywhere I go. I spend countless hours studying them, poring over them until the pages are dogeared and worn
What's in these catalogs, you might be wondering? Clothes? Shoes? Jewelry?
SEEDS. I am addicted to seeds. There, I said it.
Every year, it's the same.
No, that's a lie. It actually gets worse. I see all those gorgeous photos of vegetables and flowers in the seed catalogs, and I just cannot control myself.
What is it about seeds that makes us so optimistic and engerized? Is it the promise of new begininngs? Is it the intesnse satisfaction of wathcing something that looks dead come to life? I don't know, but I DO know there is nothing quite like the joy of seed starting.
I've been doing my very best to reign in my seed purchasing, but still... I WANT THEM ALL!!! See that shoe box of seeds in the photo above? Well, I've had to trade that for one of the big plastic storage bins I use for Christmas decorations. Eek.
All said and done, I DID manage to limit myself to just shy of 100 flower seed varieties (that doesn't include all the dahlia tubers I've ordered, but let's just pretend those don't count, ok?)
To be fair, I HAVE been working steadily toward my goal of saving more of my own seeds. Each year, I challenge myself to learn how to save seeds from at least 3 new plant varieties. Saving seeds is pretty fun and it certainly makes me feel like our farm is becoming more self-sufficient, as I reduce the need for outsourced inputs.
I've been feverishly working on my seed sowing calendar, checking every single seed packet and figuring exactly when I need to start the seeds. Late February until mid-July will be a flurry of seed sowing, some being started in pots under grow-lights in our basement and some simply plunked into the garden beds outside.
We're heading into the most exciting time of the year! Watching those tiny dormant seeds spring to life never fails to thrill me and fill me with hope just when I need it most.
If you are curious about starting your own seeds, but have never tried it, be sure to check out my Seed Starting tutorial on our YouTube channel.
Do you also suffer from seed addiction? :) I'd love to hear about what you are planning on growing this year!
Take care and happy seeding!
P.S. Want to know my favorite seed sources for the home gardener? Click on the button below to download the free guide!