OK, right now is dumping snow outside. I just helped my friend Bill switch out generators up at the camp ( where the Labs swim ).We had about 5 inches of snow yesterday, and I realize I forgot to cover my raised beds with black plastic before the snow dumped on them.
Can I still put the plastic on top of the snow? or maybe shovel the now off the beds…
All the while, I am thinking of spring. What I will do different, better, what I wont do.
To help this planning, I have the Fedco Seeds catalog. Fedco Seeds is a seed cooperative, a pretty rare entity in this world of corporate consolidation. I was introduced to them when I joined a community garden in Brooklyn, and have stuck with them.
Fedco has a great catalog chock full of great descriptions of neat vegetables and flowers, its not written in catalog-speak, its written by the people who grow the seeds out. Their seeds are untreated, and many are organic and/or heirloom. Many of their seeds have great stories about how a particular seed came to be, what family brought it from Russia, or how it sprouted out of a compost pile.
Moose Tubers has all kinds of potatoes and garlic.
Organic Growers Supply is just that. Stuff I’ve never heard of, plus old standbys. I use their red ball spheres with Tanglefoot and a pheremone trap to keep bugs off my apple trees. And my apples look pretty good. No sprays, nothing more than a few easy solutions from these guys.
Fedco Trees is cool, their big mantra is not big trees, but good root systems, and I can attest to the healthy robust plants they send you. All wrapped in plastic and paper mulch. I’ve bought many raspberries from Fedco Trees. They have a ton of antique or heirloom apple trees, all with great descriptions.
Their website is simple, not full of a ton of pictures, but that’s not their thing. Their catalogs are downloadable, saving trees you know, so check them out.
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