21 February 2008

It's Here



Kelly got home from work to find our 500 page Seed Savers Yearbook waiting for us on the mail pile. This thing is intense. There are no pictures, just long, long lists of available plant varieties. We have no idea what we're going to order from it, but there are quite a few Pennsylvania gardeners offering seeds so we might go with something from one of them. One guy has 250+ varieties of tomato seeds for sale! To choose anything I think we'll just have to close our eyes and point to a spot. Here's a photo from one of the 200 pages of tomatoes:


12 comments:

Katie said...

Holy cow. 500 pages of text only?

I foresee your Google Reader "unread" number creeping up substantially in the next week or so...

Anonymous said...

I am so ready for spring....I think I'll grab my seed book today.
Pam 'Oh Da Woods
http://dawoods12.blogspot.com

Anna-Flowergardengirl said...

I gotta have pics too!!! That would drive me nuts. The last nursery I worked at....a little boy came along and took all the tags out of over 300 tomato seedlings. We had to sell them at a fraction of what we would have gotten. They sold but who knows what those folks got!

Christina said...

You got yours? That means mine has to be arriving soon. I'm so excited. I can't wait!

Thanks for putting me on your E-list. I'll get to my response as soon as I get time to put a post together.

Patrick said...

I am so jealous! This is one of the disadvantages of living in Europe, having to wait an extra week or so for the SSE Yearbook.

Isn't the tomato section unreal! Except for some particular tomatoes I was looking for, I have never ordered any from there because I could never make up my mind.

If you want to order some tomatoes, one of the best ways may be to call or email one or two of the members offering them and ask for their advise and opinions. Maybe if they live near you, you could ask if you could stop by, That way you could meet them and discuss it directly with them.

Meg said...

Oh my goodness. All those tomatoes. I'd be dying and going to heaven....I already have 30 varieties of tomatoes for 2008, cannot, must not, consider more....

Meg said...

Katie, this seed book definitely does not mess around. I think I spent 30 minutes the other day just looking at the paw paw tree offerings.

Pam, yep, it's definitely time to start growing some stuff! Seed catalogues help fight off the last couple weeks of winter, I think.

Anna, I think those mystery tomatoes would be kind of fun! Not for the nursery owners who had to lose all those sales, though...

Christina, no problem! We've been digging your blog.

Patrick, I think we are gonna do that with some of the local people. There is just waaaay too much stuff to parse through, otherwise. What I'm really impressed with are the fruit offerings. We won't get into any of that stuff while we're renting, but when we finally buy land I'm going to go nuts on the fruit bearing plants. This catalogue is awesome!

Meg, I can't believe you're planning 30 kinds of tomatoes! I think we have around 15 ... I could go crazy with them, though. If we had the space I'd grow hundreds. Mmmm....

kate said...

Wow ... that is an amazing catalogue ... I had no idea such a thing existed. I can imagine wanting to grow and grow and grow, just because the seeds sounds so interesting.

onestraw said...

They have Paw Paw tree offerings and 200 PAGES Of Tomatoes!!?!?!

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!

I don't know if I can EVER get the yearbook -I'd end up fetal in a corner sucking my thumb and gibbering incoherently about heirloom turnip offerings.

Wow.
-Rob

Patrick said...

I'm still waiting for my copy, but according to the email they sent me telling me it's on the way, there are 13,280 unique plant varieties. The largest commercial seed catalog I have ever seen had about 1000, making this 10 times larger.

Meg said...

Kate, it is a great catalogue. It's available to Seed Savers Exchange members. We get the vegetable & fruit one, but they also have one for flowers & herbs. They're a pretty cool organization.

Rob, lol. That was sort of our reaction. We didn't really look at it for a few days at first, because we didn't know how to read it. There are all these codes for who's selling the seeds and where they come from, and of course there are no fancy pictures to lead you around.

Thhe fruit offerings are amazing. I can't believe how many types of fruit trees and weird berries and stuff they have.

Patrick, I saw you in the catalogue! I was looking through the address section in the front, and it was so weird to recognize a name in that enormous book. I hope yours find its way to your mailbox soon.

Patrick said...

That's me! aka NETH WI P