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Dreaming of seeds and planting

How to make the most of your seed catalogue orders By Tania Moffat


t’s that time of year again and you likely have been doing a little day-dreaming as you cruise through the seed catalogues that have been arriving in the mail. It’s

a great way to while away the winter hours and ponder next year’s garden. It is easy to get carried away in your daydreams and forget,

or worse, regret, your purchases later. Instead of aimlessly flipping pages ordering items that you may already have, here are our tips for getting the most out of your catalogue orders this year. 1. Keep a record of what you order every year. Note

which company your ordered from, the variety of seeds, how they performed and your satisfaction with them. It’s a time taker, but keeping a gardening journal is a great way

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to remember what worked for you, what didn’t and what you enjoyed. Sometimes weather, planting locations and timing can affect seed performance so notations of these facts along with any obstacles you faced that year will also help you make an informed decision when ordering. 2. Proper planning. Sketch out your garden and keep

a photocopy with your gardening information. Whether you’re planning a new garden or determining what to place in an existing garden space that needs filling, record the light that area of the yard receives and consider what type of soil is located there. Then, you can make a list of plants that meet your growing criteria and weed them down to the varieties you want to try this year. Vegetable gardeners will find it helpful to keep a history of where crops have

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