Poring over seed catalogs is a popular early spring pastime, planning for the warm summer garden season ahead. A neighbor requested a list of catalogs to take along as reading on her spring break trip. I thought I’d share my favorites with you.
When ordering seeds for the Rocky Mountain west from catalogs back east, it is important to pay attention to zone information, and days to maturity. Our growing season, even on the Front Range, is considerably shorter than the plains or Atlantic States. Our high solar intensity also requires some knowledge of plant suitability. Also, elevation information can be handy.
When planning your garden from seed, pay attention to irrigation requirements, and group your sowings according to like water needs. That’s an easy way to promote sustainability, and have a healthy annual garden. Happy shopping!