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grown in previous years in order to rotate crops and note which plants did or did not grow well together. 3. Know your zone and growing season. If you have

a short growing season, which most of us do, remember that depending on the seeds you buy that you may need to start them indoors. Are you prepared for that? Do you have ample space for seed starting; sunny windows, seed trays and warmth? If not and you really want to grow these types of plants then you may need to purchase a grow light. If you are looking at perennials consider your zone, if you are a confident gardener you can try to push the limits but novic- es should heed zone recommendations to ensure success. 4. Make your wish list. Gather all of your catalogues and highlight or make a wish list of all the seeds you want

from each one, then begin narrowing it down based on your budget and which varieties from which companies interest you most. If you’re not receiving seed catalogues then you are miss-

ing out. They are a great way to stay on top of some of the new varieties that are being introduced to the market, the current trends, plant growing requirements and descrip- tions. There are some core catalogues that you just have to have, like T&T Seeds, Vessey’s and West Coast Seeds just to name a few, but some of the smaller companies have unique products that are well worth your time to investigate. Here is a list of some of Canada’s great seed companies. Check them out online or call them up and ask for a catalogue, don’t wait, start your planning now! 

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