Is that your final answer?

Gail looks over our final answers.Gail and I have been focused for the last couple of weeks on the seed orders and for the past couple of days we’ve been editing choices, paring down ideas, trimming the fat and trying to come under budget. We just about made it.

We grow a lot from seed every year and so does Dick, our vegetable garden volunteer extraordinaire. And we find it excruciatingly difficult to limit ourselves when there’s a pile of catalogs each illuminating thousands of plants in a way that makes them all sound like what we’ve been searching for all our lives. (A 4′ tall gomphrena – ‘Fireworks’ from Burpee, a red and green zinnia – ‘Queen Red Lime’ from Johnny’s, a purple savoy cabbage, an annual eryngium!…) Add to that the cost of the individual seed packet which when you look at them individually seem like too good a deal to pass up. (– 1000 seeds for $2.50? – who could resist that?!) Just think of all the plants we could make… Therein lies one of the problems. It’s good to be limited by budget if only because it keeps us from buying more than we have room to grow. And then there’s the cost of shipping. Perhaps that’s how some of these companies make money because seeds weigh nothing – they practically hover. I was floored by how much Select Seeds, for instance, charges for shipping and amazed that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds charges only $3 regardless of the size of the order. They were already my favorite seed company and now they’re my Number One All Time.

So we edit. We went through the catalogs and wrote lists by category (ornamental veg. vs. flowers vs. miscellaneous foliage) and color, we wrote down how many varieties of each plant that we wanted (11 basils, 11 hot peppers, 5 kales, 4 cabbages, 15 zinnias…) and then we started eliminating. And as we eliminated we talked about the gardens and began to settle on some exciting ideas about how to use all of the plants we want. And of course, it’s inevitable, a second (third, fourth) perusal of catalogs resulted in additions to the final list as well.

Have you made your choices? Have you edited, trimmed the fat, pared down and eliminated? Was it really difficult?

4 thoughts on “Is that your final answer?

  1. Wow that sounds like some tuff work trimming down what seeds to get. My work has been doing that and selecting what new seeds to do this year. I’m not involved in the process but sure wish I was. I already planted my seeds for this season. Now I just have to wait for fall or more room. I limited myself not in the seeds but just the space I have to propagate them with. I need another set of lights to use my 3rd shelf. Even with 1 1/2 shelfs to propagate on I didn’t do well cutting the fat. Instead I just thought it would be great to have 3 of most things that I think will do well and hope they make it. I’m moving into a new house in a few months and have never had a actual garden, just containers.

    Vanillalotus, Space is definitely a major consideration when it comes to propagation – more severely limiting than budget when it comes to seeds. It’s exciting that you’re moving to an “actual garden”! (I count containers in that category too, but I know what you mean.) Congratulations -kris

  2. Nope, not yet, Kris. Haven’t ordered a seed, have thought about some, but there are other things up in the air here so I’m still in contemplation mode. We’re still so long from decent weather that I just can’t get too excited yet.

    Jodi, There’s plenty of time – and I hope you’re getting the same reprieve weather-wise as we have had the last couple of days. A little warmth in the air might help build excitement… -kris

  3. OOOOO I am so excited about the seed order!!!! I wish I was there to bug you two about what I want to plant this summer, although I am confident that you will choose the most beautiful things.

    ps- don’t go too crazy on the ornamental vegetables! haha

    Lilah, Obviously, I wish you were here to bug us too … and re. ornamental vegetables and “crazy” – too late! (haha!) -kris

  4. I love it! All my life I’ve had the same dilemma, but guess what? This year I started a seed company! Yesterday, I got not pkgs, but hundreds of pounds delivered from family seed growers! What a strange experience. I had never seen so many seeds in my life! Only hours after they were delivered the Ag. inspector came to check them out and we laughed about all the packaging I have ahead of me. Part of me is looking at all that seed thinking…”what was I thinking” AND the other part of me is like a little boy so excited to plant the world with seed!!

    Wow – good luck with that! -kris

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