Looking Towards Spring…

Time to browse the seed catalogues, dream about the spring season and envision the property in the summer and fall. This year, I have a new home, which means more possibilities and chances to experiment. I am especially looking forward to learn more about vegetable gardens, wetland plant combinations and of grass and perennial gardens inspired by naturally occurring plant communities. 

In gathering information about plant offerings, a few of my favorite seed catalogues include: Territorial Seed Company based in Cottage Grove, Oregon, which offers an extensive variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit seeds, as well as gardening supplies and books. The catalogue includes comprehensive growing instructions and pest-control suggestions for each type of vegetable.

“This year [Territorial Seed Company] is offering nearly a dozen varieties of grafted tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Grafted vegetables are taking the gardening world by storm because they grow into stronger and larger plants that are more productive and disease resistant without using GMO technology.” (Pat Munts, The Spokesman Review)

Comstock, Ferre and Company is based in Weathersfield, Connecticut, and has offered heirloom seeds to North America for 200 years. The current owners Jere and Emilee Gettle are working to return Comstock, Ferré & Co. to its “glorious beginnings” as an heirloom seed company. Many of the varieties listed in their catalog are ones that the original founders grew in the gardens around the colonial home in Weathersfield where they were born. (When visiting the website be sure to check out the seed resource which features early 20th century seed catalogues.) Comstock and Ferré are devoted to rescuing diverse heirloom seed varieties that are in danger of extinction, “some of which have already passed through the sands of time”. (Current catalogue of Comstock, Ferre and Co.)

Image is owned by the Gettles also, and only offers open-pollinated seeds. Their seeds are pure, natural, and non-GMO and they will not sell anything potentially harmful to the health of others or the environment.  (see http://rareseeds.com/non-hybrid for an encouraging write-up.) 

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About christinedarnelldesignstudio

Christine Darnell Design Studio is a landscape and garden design studio in Chester, CT. Imaginative plant combinations characterize the work with an artist’s eye towards texture and color. A strong commitment to environmentally considerate design runs through the practice, the support of local nurseries, and guidance towards the most environmentally sustainable materials and products. Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT , Wetlands Commissioner for the Town of Chester, Vice President, APLD, Connecticut Chapter.
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