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Winter Hibernation – Are you getting too many catalogs?

January 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The garden is sleeping but the garlic is growing. The parsley is still there. So is the thyme. So is the rosemary.  So is the kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, and cabbage.  Sounds like I still have a garden out there.

We’ve had a light winter so far and as the seed catalogs come in, I am starting to think about what I will grow this year. I am more and more interested in native plants or seeds that have come from this region, Long Island if possible. My garlic came from upstate.

The Long Island Seed Project is of interest to me.

Their focus is on seeds of interest to the organic gardener, small farmer, seed saver and “backyard breeder”. Here’s the Long Island Seed Project’s Seed List.

I have been receiving waaay too many catalogs. The funniest is when I get mail from the Arbor day Foundation that speaks for the trees and offers you some free trees along with return address stamps with my name and address on them. To be honest with you I keep the stamps, but I am turned off at the foundation for using all this paper from trees to solicit me and preach about trees. It’s too ironic and gets me good.

Since that day I have been tracking down all phone numbers that come with all my junk mail. One by one, I am calling up and getting off their lists. I try and find out how I got on the list but they never know. One woman told me they rent a list of addresses. I want to find out the culprits who started me on the list in the first place. Since I moved here only a year and a half ago, I have purchased gardening products from Seeds of Change and Hicks Nurseries and thats all I can think of. Anyway, Im trying to get to the bottom of this. And just so all you fellow like-minded people out there know, any junk mail you receive usually is required to show who it is coming from. For example, the big plastic bundle I get like once a week filled with supermarket coupons and other advertisements usually comes with a separate postcard that has the famous “have you seen me?” missing child ad. That postcard will have the publishing company information (phone numbers, etc) so you can call them and tell them to take you off their mailing list. They don’t make it easy to get to the person who can do that for you but just go the the main operator and they will know what to do. Just say I would like to be taken off all mailing lists and give them your address. Never give them more information. One guy asked me for my phone number so if I ever called back they would be able to track me. So I said I don’t want to be tracked. That’s the whole point.

Anyway enough of my ramblings about that. You can probably tell I have been hibernating a bit too long already and we are only a bit more that a quarter way through winter.  I have been neglecting this blog during this gardening hiatus called winter.  Usually I would have more time to gather my thoughts and write articles that have been on my mind.  For example, I am reading Your Right To Know by Andrew Kimbrell, founder of The Center For Food Safety.  I am wanting to write more on the topic of Genetically Modified Food Products and what is in our supermarkets but my clients are keeping me quite busy these days.

The other book I am currently reading is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.  It’s a book about a family that has decided to more or less rely on themselves and the surrounding community for all of their food for one years time.  They keep chickens and turkeys and “harvest” them along with their huge garden/small farm.  It’s a great story so far.  I highly recommend it for anyone interested in self-sustainability or anyone that loves to grow their own food (one tomato plant and one basil plant counts too – that’s how I got started and now I’m a gardening junkie).

 Signing off !  Back to my Bear Hole.  Is it spring yet?

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