Monday, November 14, 2011

The First Seed Catalog

Have you noticed that everything seems to be speeded up?

Halloween candy for sale in August?  The airwaves (and it isn't even the middle of November yet) jammed with Christmas themed ads?

The first seed catalog a couple of weeks after our growing season ended?

Here in Binghamton, NY, our last frost date ranges from May 1 to May 10.  In the "olden days" we would get our seed catalogs after New Years (along with income tax packets).  That provided enough dreaming material until the snow melted and the ground defrosted (usually in early April).  Then catalogs started migrating into December.  Recently, the mailings have migrated into November. Now we have passed the November 15 mark.

Maybe we should start keeping track of this, like my spouse keeps track of the last date he can find a tree with leaves on it.

In case you are curious, the early bird catalog is Pinetree Garden Seeds.  They do have a section for various gardening gifts, so it is obvious they want people to be able to do some of their holiday shopping with them.  So in a way, I can see what they are trying to do.

But still, I hope we don't start getting catalogs before the end of our growing season.  Sometimes, early is just a little too early.

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