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It’s the time of year when gardeners start dreaming about the next garden, imagining how it will be so much better than last year’s garden, and coming up with all manner of fanciful schemes to make that happen. For me, a big part of that process is contemplating what varieties I will plant for the new year, and so this is when my mind turns to seeds.
During the later stages of winter, when I am getting tired of the cold, and the snow, and being indoors far too much, there are few activities that I enjoy more than leafing through seed catalogues, and this year is no exception. While there are a number of seeds that I save in my garden each year, and there are some varieties that I always plant, I always want to try new things and am always interested in seeing how different varieties perform.
This year I have decided to try using McKenzie seeds in my garden. The main reason that I decided to try these seeds this year was that I thought it would be interesting to try growing an entire garden using seeds that anyone can buy in a hardware store. The other reason is the fact that the podcast is sponsored by Kent Building Supplies, they carry the complete line of McKenzie Seed products, and McKenzie seeds has offered to provide all my seeds this year.
I normally buy my seeds from a number sources, including online sources from various parts of the globe, so this is a dramatic shift for me. On the good side, a vast majority of their varieties are either heirloom or open-pollinated, and they have an incredible selection of different varieties.
Click here for the 2017 McKenzie Seeds List
Here are the varieties that I intend to try this year in my garden:
In the words of the beloved Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them”. It is so much fun to contemplate how great everything is going to be, and in many cases the expectations often exceed the experience – so these moments must be savored for all they are worth. I guess in that vein, it is worth bearing in mind that we should temper our expectations, because as the old Yiddish saying goes, “Men plan, God laughs”.
Special thanks to our podcast Partner, Kent Building Supplies. If you are considering purchasing seeds, transplants, or any other Gardering supplies, be sure to visit your local Kent store.
Thanks for the information, I look forward to you planting by nature, good thing to learn for sure. I have tried planting by the moon doesn’t seem to help also very difficult to do when its raining. I do have a list you might have heard of:
Plant corn and beans when apple blossoms begin to fade;
plant tomatoes, early corn and peppers when dogwoods are in peak bloom;
plant cucumbers and squash when lilac flowers fade;
start succession planting of beets and carrots when dandelions are blooming; and
plant peas when forsythia blooms. Of course you need to have all these trees around you to see them bloom.
Too bad we aren’t plugged into the earth. I’m an Avatar fan!! TTFN…Sue