Winter in Wisconsin, I love this time of year. Nothing urgently calling for attention; a chance to breathe and regroup after the rush of putting the garden to bed, canning, then Thanksgiving and the end of the year holidays. The four feet of snow we’ve received and the below zero temperatures give us the perfect excuse to read before the fire.
The seed catalogs started piling up before the end of November and I’m proud to say that I didn’t crack even one of them until after Christmas. Now I’ve started reading each one cover to cover with my trusty highlighter by my side. Everything I want gets circled. Before the end of January I should be ready to pare the catalogs down to a final two or three and put a preliminary order form together in Excel. That way I can compare the list to the seeds I actually have on hand whether left-over or collected and cross those items off of the order form. Finally my husband Pat and I will go over the remaining items. Pat is so good at keeping my feet on the ground when he asks “and where is that going to be planted?”. If I don’t have a ready answer, out it goes. Our goal is to place the seed orders no later than February 15 and usually it is in the mail a couple of weeks before that as I want to get the onion seeds started in February and we do order new seeds of that crop each year.