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Posted on 13 April 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Successful Gardening 101: How to Get the Most from Your Seed Catalogs

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

January brings about a new year, goals, and resolutions.

While all these things are true for me, January is also the month that I begin to receive my seed catalogs.

If you are not a gardener you may not understand the feeling one gets when the mailbox is opened and the glimmer of the first catalog of the season appears.

It is a thrill that every gardener understands and I compare it to a runner’s high. All the hopes and dreams of the upcoming gardening season seem to be wrapped up in the shiny, magazine like pages of the catalogs.

Before I go on and on about these wonderful treasures that arrive every spring, I would like to decipher the hieroglyphic language in these magazines.

The first thing you will need to do is discover what USDA Plant Hardiness zone you live in. This is easily done by reading the map that is located in the front of most catalogs. It is color-coded and you simply look for your state. As you will notice, the colors seem to go in a wave across the United States. This is tracking the average low temperatures. When dealing with plants, the lowest temperature is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 14 July 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

What’s Your Favorite Seed Catalog or Seed Magazine?

By Reggie Solomon

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This week Urban Garden Casual conducted its annual Seed Magazine Review for 2007?

What’s your favorite seed catalog to order from and cuddle up with on a late night and why?

Share contenders you’d recommend to other urban gardeners and to Urban Garden Casual for our next round of reviews.

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Posted on 12 July 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Seed Catalog Review (Part 3)

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By Reggie Solomon

[This post is the third part of a three-part series reviewing catalogs produced by three major seeds providers and examining the magazines’ helpfulness to gardeners in deciding what seeds to purchase and what to grow in their home gardens. To read the beginning of the series — click here]

Seeds of Change (SOC)

Seeds of Change’s 84-page magazine may appear skimpy with its small number of pages as compared to the other contenders, but it makes up for it by being unapologetically organic.

If you’re into organic food, this is the seed magazine for you!

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Posted on 11 July 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Seed Catalog Review (Part 2)

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By Reggie Solomon

[This post is the second part of a three-part series reviewing catalogs produced by three major seeds providers and examining the magazines’ helpfulness to gardeners in deciding what seeds to purchase and what to grow in their home gardens. To read the beginning of the series — click here]

Johnny’s Seeds

Johnny’s Seeds’ 170-page behemoth is a serious gardener’s and would-be-farmer’s magazine!

This is a magazine Charles Ingalls (from the television adaptation of “Little House on the Prairie”) would read while enjoying his evening pipe.

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Posted on 10 July 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Seed Catalog Review (Part 1)

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By Reggie Solomon

How do seed catalogs and seed magazines (also referred to as “garden porn” by some especially avid readers) stack up against each other in helping gardeners plan and decide what to grow in their gardens?

Fortunately, most gardeners don’t have to worry about basic seed quality when purchasing seeds and plants from major providers.

So what largely distinguishes providers is how helpful they are to gardeners in planning and preparing their gardens.

This three-part article examines catalogs and magazines produced by three major seeds providers and reviews their comparative helpfulness to gardeners who use these magazines to decide what to grow, purchase seeds, and plan home gardens.

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