Seed order: unplaced

Snowy walk“Have you figured out what you’re planting yet?” asked Betsy’s husband during dinner tonight. We had escaped into the Old Capitol Brew Works for the only thing that, tonight, would really take the edge off the weather: a burger, fries and a beer.

“No,” I sputtered. “I haven’t even really thought about it.”

I talk a big game about the whole seed catalog thing, but the fact of the matter is that I’m having a tough time wrapping my head around the fact that it’s ever going to be spring again. I’m back in it, just like I was last year, whining all the time about the weather and obsessively checking my Motorola Q to see if another Emergency Email Network message has arrived, bringing news about the next life-threatening cold temperatures or travel hazard-creating snowfall.

So, no. I have not ordered anything. I flipped through my SeedSavers catalog about six to thirty-two times right after it came, and then Bikes in snowset it aside, certain that I’d have plenty of time to deal with it later.

I know I have to place an order soon, but it feels very odd to think of working the dirt when there is a layer of snow at least a foot thick between me and the garden. That photo of the bikes? That’s my neighbors’ yard, but you get the idea, right? That’s how it is in my yard, too.

14 Responses to “Seed order: unplaced”


  1. 1 Kylee February 13, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve ordered some, but I still want to get others and I’ve been putting it off, too. Must do that tomorrow!

  2. 2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) February 14, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Planning for the spring garden is one of the things that gets me through the winter, so go on, get out those catalogs, and start fantasizing. It will be planting time before you know it.

  3. 3 kate smudges February 14, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I’m with you on this. I can’t even begin to think much about seeds because as soon as I do I want to start them. It’s too early – I don’t know about there, but here winter can last into April and it’s not safe to plant out until the 3rd week of May.

    In past years, I’ve started my seeds too early and they get too leggy.

    I’ve complained more about the weather this year than in the past – it just seems like never-ending snowstorms followed by arctic cold blasts that last for days before another snow squall hits. It hasn’t gone above freezing since November. Wahhhh… maybe I should sign off before I cry me a river… which would only freeze anyway.

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener February 14, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Kylee, hope you’re able to get to it!

    Lydia, I know you’re right…

    Kate, you’re definitely not alone. There are all kinds of people here in Iowa who never complain, but this year, have changed their tune!

  5. 5 Robin at Bumblebee February 14, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Don’t you think that the sheer NUMBER of kinds of seeds available is part of the problem?

    I have ordered tomatoes and some specific flowers I know I’ll need. But as far as selecting all the veggie seeds from all the different varieties, I still have to place that order. The list is just too long. I know I won’t get it all planted–I would need a much larger garden than I have.

    Robin at Bumblebee

  6. 6 Kristina February 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I’m the same way. We actually get Spring a lot sooner than you do but I almost get paralyzed by all the choices available. I have a small, urban garden and I have to choose carefully. I’ve got to order soon though – I sell heirloom tomato plants at our local farmer’s market and I need to start them next month!

  7. 7 hotfessional February 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    That’s my backyard too. And we’re supposed to get more snow tonight. Sigh.

  8. 8 Curtis February 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I had my order ready to place it online when. I had to run out and do something else. Then came back and everything in my internet shopping basket was cleared. Bummer.

  9. 9 Karen Ledebur February 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t know is it wrong to complain when you’re freezing? I don’t think so you just have to keep believing for the thaw! Love you cuz!

  10. 10 wayne February 15, 2008 at 5:22 am

    remember this about winter– any sane mammal would be eating lots of carbs and sleeping; not complaining about being depressed and using false sun to cheer themselves up. So against the advice of those who know– eat some home made bread and take a nap. Then, look at those seeds as if you are dreaming of waking in the warmth of the rebirth of the planet.

    I just made my order over the last two weeks. two of the four are here.

    May hope be with you.

  11. 11 PrairieRobin February 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I hear you about getting stuck when it comes to actually ordering the seeds and plants. Even though I now have a collection of 10 different catalogs that I read obsessively and I’ve even gone so far as to sketch my plans onto graph paper, I haven’t placed a single order.

    This winter has me in a total funk. My car died so I’m stuck in the house all day. I can’t even walk around my yard because the snow is up to my stinking knees! This is almost as bad as living with 6 months of rain in Seattle. I know, the weather guy says spring will be here in 34 days, but the forecast for the weekend calls for 6 more inches of snow.

    Ugh……..

  12. 12 inadvertentgardener February 19, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Robin, I would definitely have to agree with you. With limited space, it’s always a challenge to decide what to fit in there…

    Kristina, how cool that you sell the plants — if I were near you, I’d definitely come buy a couple!

    Hotfessional, I could be more sick of the snow, but then I might be vomiting. Or something…

    Curtis, I hate it when the shopping cart deletes the order!

    Karen, I’m believing, I’m believing, but there’s so much more snow on the way!

    Wayne, I like your advice!

    PrairieRobin, oh, do I know just how you feel. If I had no car and couldn’t escape the house, I don’t know what I’d do. At least you’ve been sketching plans, though — you’re up on me in terms of that!

  13. 13 katie February 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I just bought a bunch of seeds in MN to bring back with me – things I have a hard time finding in France (’cause it’s ‘pig food’ – like decent sweet corn). At -4F it was hard to get in the mood. You really got dumped with snow, didn’t you?

  14. 14 inadvertentgardener March 2, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Katie, sweet corn as pig food? Never! Glad you were able to get some seed love while you were stateside.


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