Last month in the middle of December I received my first seed catalog. Can you believe that? Normally they don’t arrive until the first part of January so my first thought was, “This must be some sort of mistake?”
My second thought was to toss it in the garbage but then I began flipping pages; the idea of gardening in 2019 with new seeds inspired my next step.
It’s been long overdue for new ideas and with Robert taking more of an interest in vegetables I dug deeper into that catalog.
With excitement front and center, I went online and ordered new seeds for 2019.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds got my business this year because they were the first to reach out and it turns out their timing was perfect.
How to Choose with so many options?
Looking through a seed catalog can be overwhelming, it’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry. Everything looks so good and you want it all.
How does one choose with so many options choose? Choosing can also be difficult especially if you have limited space.
The first thing I do is make a paper list with three categories then I browse through the catalog and just enjoy each page.
- Fruit – you may want to add a section for herbs too?
Choosing Floral Seeds
If you didn’t receive a seed catalog in the mail then go online to your favorite seed store and click through the basic categories beginning with flowers because I guarantee this will get you energized.
- Then go through the catalog or online category a second time.
- Begin taking notes by writing down each item you like with their list number.
- Be realistic about what you actually have room to plant and what will also make it into the ground.
- Try something new and be a little adventurous instead of repeating the same thing season after season.
- Also take into consideration if you’re adding new planting areas because this may guide how many seeds you can purchase.
- Once your list is complete then circle the ones you really want by placing the product number in the search bar and add to the cart.
- Warning – they add up fast – so at check out just focus because you’ve just begun your spring garden.
My choices were based on new varieties from flowers I enjoy growing and some fun greenery mixed in.
- Madame Butterfly Snapdragon
- Benarys Giant Golden Yellow Zinnia
- Senora Zinnia
- Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
I’m also on the hunt for lisanthus plugs because they’re so pretty and I’ve never had the opportunity to grow them. If you know where I can get some please leave a comment below.
It’s possible I may add a few other things if space allows but I think for now I’m keeping the floral accents pretty simple.
Vegetable and Fruit Seeds
For me vegetable and fruit seed selections are normally pretty easy but this year I’m trying to spark Robert’s taste; this brings me to a lot of hybrid options. To learn more about seed varieties read here.
To be honest I’ve always been more of an heirloom gardener but decided to be bold and just do something different.
After writing down my favorites I had to back up just a little because it looks like our fall garden will be growing into Spring. My planting space could be a tad limited but I will also be using the Quail Garden so I’m pretty sure I didn’t overdue it.
I passed on herb seeds because my inventory is perfect. For more on herbs you may enjoy: grow a bed of herbs.
Look at what I came up with:
- Atlantis Mini Broccoli
- Cornito Giallo Sweet Peppers
- Diva Seedless Cucumbers
- Tempest Yellow Squash
- Plum Regal Roma Tomatoes
- Tokyo Bekana Asian Greens
- Sugar Cube Cantaloupe
Choosing new garden seeds isn’t really that difficult it just takes a little time and I find when you break it down into realistic categories it goes much faster.
Ordering online was also a breeze because I just typed in those numbers and checked out in a matter of minutes. Just remember to make your seed purchases sooner than later so you can get the varieties you want before they sell out.
I’m ahead of the game and excited to garden this year and we’ll see what Robert thinks of all this when harvesting approaches.