12-22-10: Making Your Garden Rest
On this edition of Back to the Garden, our Garden Guru Anne Raver reminds us that now’s the time to put your garden to bed. She gives us tips for how to do it. She also gives us tips for how to make your indoor plants thrive, and provides suggestions for the best seed catalogues to peruse to sow ideas for next year.
Some of Anne’s favorite mail-order nurseries, which you can find online– or get the print catalogue to curl up with by the fire:
Thompson & Morgan
Interesting varieties, oddballs, such as walking stick kale!
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Taiwan Black Long Bean, Asian Winged Bean
Renee’s Garden Seeds
Terrific kitchen garden vegetable varieties; unqualified zinnia
Seed Savers Exchange
One of the pioneers of the seed-saving movement; wonderful old varieties hard to find elsewhere.
Anne also recommends the MANTS, or Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, as a mid-winter treat for garden addicts. It’s at the Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, January 5-7; $15. See new hybrids, wonderful specimens of trees and shrubs, including natives. Tools, tractors, birdbaths, fountains, etc. A great chance to meet the growers and ask questions.
Anne Raver writes about gardening and the environment for the New York Times and other publications. She lives and gardens on a farm in Carroll County.