Dreaming of Kitchen Gardens in the Dead of Winter

This week I've already received two seed catalogs. Isn't it a little early? I always thought they came in February, which felt early, but close enough to March, when the first seeds would go into an indoor seed-starting contraption, to make a little sense.

Still, my wheels are turning. Are yours?

Two thousand eight was a pretty disappointing gardening year for me. I began with a bang, and quickly lost steam as I spent the better part of the summer running after my toddler and testing ice cream recipes. For 2009, I'm hoping to be a little more realistic, perhaps planting fewer crops, and paying closer attention to the few I plant.

Last year we covered kitchen gardening quite heavily. To dip back in, check out our gardening archive.

Sure, it's early, but if you are dreaming of a window-box on your sill, check out our window-box kick-off post, Kitchen Gardening 101: Part I, Planning Your Windowbox.

For some year-round gardening inspiration, visit our friend Margaret Roach's blog, . She's truly a genius, and an inspiring force for me in my gardening. And happens to have posted her seed-catalog shopping rules posted today.

2009_1_6-peaceful-valley.jpgHere are some of my favorite gardening catalogs:

Peaceful Valley Farm
Cooks Garden
Johnny's Selected Seeds

Happy winter garden-dreaming!

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.

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