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After Christmas and through January, I begin receiving several seed catalogs. I count myself disappointed if I don’t get four or five catalogs a week. I have purchased a lot of seeds over the years, and I am proud that I receive many, many seed catalogs. In fact, this is the only time of the year that I get more catalogs than Sweet Tomato. Sweet Tomato’s shopping prowess is legend, but that is another story. This is a very exciting time as I get to peruse the new catalogs and make endless lists of seed packets to buy for this summer’s garden. Yes, I know that being hunched over the kitchen table looking at seed catalogs, trying to decide whether to buy this plant or that plant is not most people’s idea of fun. To be honest, if this was the high point of your new year, I would think you are either crazy, obsessed or both. Sweet Tomato tends to overlook the crazy part, she knew that when she married me. The obsessive part tends to wear on her. When I come running to show her a new tomato variety, she rolls her eyes, shakes her head, listens politely and then continues with what she was doing. I am sure she wishes for the weather to warm so I will be working in the garden and not bothering her with my endless dithering. Here is a sample of some of the seed and garden catalogs I am currently pouring over.
If the truth be known, I already have enough seeds to keep my garden going for several years without any new purchases, but I really am obsessed. I can’t stop buying new seeds any more than I could stop breathing. Someone has to keep those seed companies in business, and I want to make sure I do my part. Besides, I just have to have to try that tomato plant on page 58 that is gold and red and new for this year. Or was that the green and purple one on page 45, or the pink one on page 33? Oh well, I guess I will just have to buy them all.