The first step in getting a garden ready for a new season is ordering supplies. I try to save seeds where possible from previous year's plants, and I have a pretty good collection of tools and such, but there are always new seed varieties to try and gardening toys to tempt. So when the Peaceful Valley Farm
catalog arrives in those dark days of winter, it kicks off a few weeks of dreaming that, with good planning, culminate with just one e-commerce transaction. By now, my seeds have arrived, and some are already going in the ground.
This does not mean you're too late if you have no idea what I'm talking about. But don't order a catalog and wait for it to arrive - just check out their website. There are seeds you can try this spring that are still available. And there are other gardening goodies, too.
Two years ago, I wrote about growing French breakfast radishes
from Peaceful Valley, and we'll be talking more about radishes later this week. If you have never grown a single thing before and if you only have one little pot on your windowsill - try one of Peaceful Valley Farm's varieties of radishes
. Their seed collection is immense. They have their house brand of seeds, but also carry Seeds of Change, Horizon Medicinal Herb Seeds, Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds (one of my favorites), Renee's Garden Seeds, and TomatoFest (thirty one varieties!).
They also carry nursery stock, so if you want someone else to do the seed-starting for you, you can get some seedlings shipped and ready to be put in the ground. They carry vegetable and herb starts, garlic, shallots, onions, leeks and potatoes, and bareroot stock like artichokes, asparagus, berries, grape vines, fruit and nut trees, and horseradish. I'm thinking about trying one of their Mushroom Growing Kits
The catalog carries a beautiful collection of gardening and harvesting tools. I'm particularly enamored with their Metal Harvest Basket
. Even if you don't have that much to harvest (say, you're gardening on a fire escape, stoop, or one pot on your deck), it's pretty hard to resist something that screams bounty in such an adorable way.
Now, this isn't the slickest of catalogs or websites, but it gets the job done. The prices are fair, and they even offer free seed packs depending on how much you spend.