Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs
Last Update: January 5, 2014
May 25, 2013: Hi all, here's hoping your spring is going well. Here in the high desert we've had an agonizingly dry winter. No wildflowers this year, in fact not so much as a stray weed unless it's in an irrigated section of the garden. This is good for those of us with big yards - no mowing - but not so good for those trying to grow a garden. Every critter in the desert is heading for green spots looking for munchies and something to drink.
So, I've lost my entire crop of lettuce, spinach, and peas. Despite acres of chicken wire I just couldn't keep them out. What they didn't burrow under they went over, and I simply don't have the time it would have taken to really rabbit/ squirrel/gopher proof the entire garden. Such is gardening - some years are better than others.
I think the economy must be improving somewhat as the numbers of dead mail-order companies seems to have slowed. I haven't caught up completely but I'm working on it.
And my very favorite company - High Country Gardens - went bankrupt and then was bought by American Meadows and is selling again! I'm very pleased and I hope the new owners keep their knowledge and product line intact.
September 7, 2013: Finally back to getting the site updated. I had a few adventures with computer crashes and the like. I'm happy to say I have re-learned an important lesson about keeping backups. And that's all I'm going to say about that!
Summer here in the high desert has been fairly mild, all in all. We had a blistering hot couple weeks early on which did not do my tomatoes any good at all, but the last couple months haven't been so bad. Of course it always stays in the high 90s during the day but that's just the price of living here.
I sowed a row of zinnia seed into my herb bed this year and wow did they take off! Very pretty and I'm going to do that again next year, although I think I'll try staking them as they are falling over the basil. I also planted a long row of parsley just for fun, started looking up recipes, and I have discovered chimichurri which is a blend of finely chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. I think it's my new favorite condiment.
It's time for looking at bulb catalogs, so check out the Bulbs page. I'm fond of Old House Gardens but there are many quality companies to choose from.
January 5, 2014: Happy New Year! I'm looking at the news today and it seems most of the eastern US is under a brutally cold spell. I hope your plants are safely buried under the snow and you are warm & dry, checking out seed catalogs.
Here in my bit of California we still have not had much rain. I hope the coming months will send some storms our way but it's not looking good. Thanks to irrigation I will still have my gardens but for how much longer I don't know.
This year I'm thinking I'd like to try potatoes again, I'll be looking at Ronniger's to see what they have to offer. I was happy with them in the past, but Ronniger's has been sold, reacquired, and merged all within the past few years so this may be a gamble. Or it may be even better, I'll find out.
Other items in the veggie garden will be tomatoes and peppers (of course), cucumbers, zucchini, corn, melons, onions, lettuce and spinach, peas, green beans, lots of herbs. I'm going to make a raised bed for my greens so the rabbits can't wipe me out again. At least, that's the plan...