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Seed Catalogs
Ronnigers Potato FarmDeer-resistant Plants
HCR 62 Box 332AP3200 Sunstone Ct.
Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845Clare MI 48617-8600
208-267-3265 Mon-Thurs 9-3pm Pacific TimeCall (800) 595-3650 or Fax (888) 727-3337
Website: www.ronnigers.comWebsite: www.deerxlandscape.com
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 65704 Phone: 417-924-8917
Bloom Farm - Growers of common 
& Exotic Perennials & herbs
Jackson & Perkins- Roses and Perennials
34515 Capel Road1 Rose Lane
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 440-748-3303.Mail orders 1-877-322-2300
Website: www.blossomfarm.comWebsite: www.jacksonandperkins.com
WoodPrairie Farm - PotatoesTomato Growers Supply Company - Tomatoes
49 Kinney RoadPost Office Box 2237
Bridgewater, ME 04735Fort Myers, Florida 33902
1-800-829-9765Toll Free Order Line 1-888-478-7333 *Toll Free Fax 1-888-768-3476
Website: Wood Prairie FarmWebsite: Tomato Growers Supply
New England Seed Company - All seedsPlantation Products - All Seeds, starter supplies
3580 Main Street202 South Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06120Norton, MA 02766
800-783-7891508-285-5800 *For orders only 1-800-SEEDPAK (1-800-733-3725)
Website: New England SeedsWEbsite: Plantation Products & Seeds
Seeds for Kitchen GardenersComstock, Ferre & Co. - All Seeds
PO Box 1889263 Main St.,
Southampton, PA 18966-0895Wethersfield, CT 06109
800-457-9703800 733-3773
Website: The Cook's GardenWebsite: Comstock, Ferre and Co
W. Atlee Burpee & Co. - Vegetables, flowers, herbsPinetree Garden Seeds - All seeds and plants
300 Park AvenueP.O. Box 300
Warminster, Pennsylvania 18991New Gloucester, Maine 04260
Website: www.burpee.comWebsite: www.superseeds.com
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Co.- All seeds and plantsShepherd's Garden Seeds-All seeds and bulbs
415 North Burnett30 Irene Street
Shenandoah, Iowa 51602Torrington, Connecticut 06790
Website: www.henryfields.comWebsite: www.shepherdseeds.com
Harris Seeds - Vegetables, flowers, bulbsStokes Seeds - Flowers, annuals, perennials, bulbs
P.O. Box 22960Box 548
Rochester, New York 14692Buffalo, New York 14240
Website: www.harrisseeds.comWebsite: www.stokeseeds.com
Johnny's Selected Seeds- Vegetables, flowers and herb seedsTerritorial Seed Company - vegetables, flowers and their famous sunflower seeds
955 Benton AvenueP.O. Box 157
Winslow, ME 04901Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
Website: www.johnnyseeds.comWebsite: www.territorial-seed.com
J. W. Jung Seed Co.- Vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubsThompson and Morgan - flower seeds
335 South High StreetP.O. Box 1308
Randolph, Wisconsin 53957Jackson, New Jersey 08527
Website: www.jungseed.comWebsite: www.thompson-morgan.com
Nichols Garden Nursery - herbs and rare seedsOtis S. Twilley Seed Co. Vegetable seeds
1190 North Pacific Highway121 Gary Road
Albany, Oregon 97321Hodges, South Carolina 29653
Website: www.gardennursery.comWebsite: www.twilleyseed.com
George W. Park Seed Co.- All seeds, plantsVesey's Seeds - Starter suppliers, all seeds
1 Parkton AvenueYork, Prince Edward Island
Greenwood, South Carolina 29647Canada C0A 1P0
Website: www.parkseed.comWebsite: www.veseys.com
Howard Dill Enterprises-Giant PumpkinsBluestone Perennials, Inc
RR#1 400 College Road7211 Middle Ridge Rd.
Windsor, Nova ScotiaMadison, OH. 44057-3096
Canada BON 2T0 
"Mail Order Only" Tel: (902) 798-2728 Fax: (902) 798-0842 8am - 4pm Eastern TimePhone: (800) 852-5243
Website: www.howarddill.comWebsite: www.bluestoneperennials.com
Baker Creek Heirloom SeedsStark Bros Nurseries & Orchards Co.- Berries, trees,grapes,nuts
2278 Baker Creek Road20947 Hwy 54
Mansfield, MO 65704Louisiana, MO 63353
Website: www.rareseeds.comWebsite: www.starkbros.com
Oikos Tree CropsRock Spray Nursery - Hardy Heaths & Heathers
P.O. Box 19425P. O. Box 693
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49019-0425Truro MA 02666
269-624-6233508-349-6769, fax at 508-349-2732
Website: www.oikostreecrops.comWebsite: www.rockspray.com
Gardens Alive!-Environmentally Responsible
products that work!
Wildseed Farms -Exotic Garden Varieties, Herbs
5100 Schenley Place425 Wildflower Hills - PO BOX 3000
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025Fredericksburg, TX. 78624
Website: www.gardensalive.comWebsite: www.wildseedfarms.com
White Flower Farm, Inc.Worm's Way
P.O. Box 50, Route 637850 North State Road 37
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759Bloomington, IN 47404
1-800-503-9624Sales: 800-274-9676
Website: www.whiteflowerfarm.comWebsite: wormsway.com
Bentley Seeds, Inc.Botanical Interests, Inc.
16 Railroad Ave.660 Compton St.
Cambridge, NY 12816Broomfield, CO 80020
(800) 836-0430 (Outside 518 area code)1-800486-2647
Website: www.bentleyseeds.comWebsite: Botanical Interests
Ontario Seed Co.R. H. Shumway's Catalog Fullfillment Center
P.O. Box 7334 W. Stroud ST
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3Z6Randolph,WI 53956-1274
1-519-886-0557Phone Order: (800)342-9461
Website: www.bentleyseeds.comWebsite: R. H. Shumway's
Seeds of Change - Organic seedsWillhite Seed, Inc.
PO Box 15700P.O. Box 23
Santa FE, NM 87592-1500Poolville, Texas 76487-0023
1-888-762-7333800 . 828 . 1840 - Toll Free
Website: www.seedsofchange.comWebsite: www.willhiteseed.com
The Cook's GardenHigh Country Garden.com
PO Box C50302902 Rufina St
Warminster, PA 18974Santa FE, NM 87507
Order: 1-800-457-9703Order 1-800-925-9387 M-F 9 am - 5 pm MT
Fax: 1-800-457-9705
Website: www.cooksgarden.comWebsite: www.highcountrygardens.com
Spring HillBig Dipper Farm
110 West Elm St26130 SE Green Valley Road
Tipp City, OH 45371-1699Black Diamond, WA 98010
Phone: 513-354-1509
Phone: 360-886-8133
Website: www.SpringHillNursery.comWebsite: www.bigdipperfarm.com/
Heronswood NurseryNichols Garden Nursery
7530 NE 288th St1190 Old Salme Rd NE
Kingston, WA 98346-9521Albany. Oregon 97321-45180
Phone: 360-297-4172Phone: 1-800-422-3985
Website: www.heronswood.comWebsite: www.nicholsgardennursery.com
One Green World (Unique Fruits and Ornamentals from Around the World)Gurney's Seed and Nursery Co. - Vegetables, fruit trees etc.
28696 S Cramer RdPO Box 4178
Molalla, OR 97038-8576Greendale, IN 47025-4178
Phone: 1-877-353-4028Phone: 1-877-353-4028
Website: www.onegreenworld.comWebsite: www.Gurneys.com
Dutch Gardens, Inc. - Perennials, bulbs etc.Dixondale Farms, Inc. - Onions
1021 N. Second StreetP.O. 129 - 1702 N. 1st
Chillicothe, IL 61523Carrizo Springs, TX 78834-6127
Phone: 309-274-2820Phone: 877-367-1015
Website: www.dutchgardens.comWebsite:www.dixondalefarms.com/
Field & Forest Products - MushroomsIrish Eyes - Garden City Seeds - Vegetable seeds, Herb seeds, Potato seeds etc.
N3296 Kozuzek Rd.5045 Robinson Cyn Rd.
Peshtigo, WI 54157Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 715-582-4997Phone: 509-964-7000
Logee's Tropical PlantsGardener's Supply Company
141 North Street128 Intervale Road
Danielson, CT 06239Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 860-774-8038Phone: 800-944-2250
Moss Acres - working with mossLilypons Water Gardens
303 Upper Woods RoadP.O. Box 10 - 6800 Lily Pons Road
Honesdale, PA 18431Adamstown, MD 21710
Phone: 866-438-6677Phone: 800-999-5459
Ferry Morse Seed Co.
600 Stephen Beale Dr
Fulton, KY 42041
Gardener's HelpLine: 1.800.283.3400
Website: www.ferry-morse.com

Happy New Year 2016 !
Happy New Year 2016 !

Here is to 2016 and a Fresh start in the Garden!

2015 was a mixed bag of success and failure for most of us and let's hope you had more successes than failures! 2015 brought us record snowfall and for many of us we were not able to plant until mid to late may in the garden. Due to the warm weather during the fall and early winter our garden had extra time to grow those hardy vegetables, get in a second crop, plant garlic, and plant some new shrubs and trees and even a new lawn from seed.

The snow created much damage for the shrubs around the house as we had to shovel the snow off the roof and the plants took the bulk of the roof snow on them and broke apart easily. Multi stem plants like Arborvitae, juniper, rhododendrons, azaleas, Lilacs split with the weight of the snow and turf fungus like Snow Mold damaged our lawns. Also because the snow came early and often, the ground never froze properly, helping the moles to cause more destruction to our lawns.

The deep snow forced animals like rabbits and skunks to eat the bark on our new shrubs and trees and the Deer had a field day eating the flower buds on our Magnolias, Rhododendrons, and other flowering and fruit trees. The cold weather killed many rose bushes and flower buds on our pink and blue Hydrangea. If you did not treat your broad-leaf evergreens like Holly, Rhododendron, Mt. Laurel Boxwood Etc. you had damage to the foliage that turned it brown and it fell from the plant once the new growth began.
How about the bugs like Japanese beetles in your lawn and then on your plants. The vegetable and flower gardens had their problems to with Tomato horn worms, aphids, caterpillars of all types and diseases like black spot on roses, powdery mildew, on lilacs and tall phlox. Gardening is lots of work but enjoyable to see and eat the beauty we created. If you have a Garden Journal I hope you kept records such as when you saw Japanese Beetles in your yard so this year you can prepare for them before they arrive. When you fertilized your lawn and gardens should be in your journal, what you used to control insects, diseases, and animal pest. These notes you keep will be a lot of help for the coming year.

Another problem many of us had was applying the crabgrass prev enter to the lawn on time due to the snow, not your fault! Planting Cold weather crops early so they can mature before the heat began, again not your fault. Planting grass seed early so it could take advantage of April showers and cool weather before the heat came a wake up the weeds, again not your fault. As my teachers from University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture always told us, "Use a garden book as a guide, as every season will be different." Finally, "Do Not Be Scared, To Ask For Help", you were not born with the ability to garden, it takes practice and you will kill a few plants along the way.

 If you do not believe me ask my wife how many plants I have kill in my garden, she will tell you, no one is perfect and Mother Nature always, always has the last word. Think Positive and have a great 2016 and if you need help call me on Sunday morning and read the newsletter. Happy New Year, from all of us at the Paul Parent Garden Club.

Rod Stewart Auld Lang Syne Royal British Legion Festival of Rememberance
Rod Stewart Auld Lang Syne Royal British Legion Festival of Rememberance

Moses in the Bulrushes

If you're looking for a small-growing colorful foliage plant for your home this winter look no further than the "Moses in the Bulrushes." The foliage is in the shape of a sword that will grow about 12 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide; the tip of the leaf will come to a point. The top side of the leaf will have bands of white and green stripes running the entire length of the leaf. These bands of color will differ on each leaf; some will have more green while others have more white bands on them and the width of these bands will also differ. The underside of the leaf is also colorful with shades of purplish-red; this color will differ depending on the light in your home.

This plant loves a room that is bright but not sunny. It will tolerate morning sun but not the hot midday sun, as it will bleach the color of the foliage and the plant will lose its character. If kept in a north facing window, it will do fine also. Keep the plant in a room with temperatures above 64 degrees during the winter. It can go outside during the summer, if placed in a shady spot on your deck or porch. When you put the plant outside for the summer, do not place the plant in a saucer, because heavy rains or over-watering could rot the roots.

The plant will do best with high humidity, so keep plants out of rooms that have a wood or coal burning stove in them. If you have forced hot air heat, keep plants away from heat vents. When you water the plant, use warm water only as cold water could spot the foliage as it does too many other houseplants. Misting will help if your home is hot and dry. Keep the plants moist most of the time, but during the winter months keep them a bit on the dry side.

Fertilize spring to fall with Miracle-Gro fertilizer every couple of weeks or use Osmocote fertilizer pellets, and the plant will be fed every time you water it. Fertilizer is not necessary during the winter months but I feed mine monthly like I do the rest of my houseplants. A well-fed plant has more colorful foliage.

The plants will look like and grow like a Dracaena spike if you remove the side shoots that develop at the base of the plant. I prefer the side shoots on the plants, as it give the look of a multi-stem plant, almost like a clump of foliage. If you remove these side shoots from the plant you can start new plants easily and this is best done during the spring, as the plant is more actively growing with the longer days.

Now, the name "Moses in the Bulrushes" comes from the small boat-shaped or pocket-shaped bracts that develop deep down in the axils of the leaf where it meets the central stem. This is very unique in nature, and this boat-shaped growth contains the flowers of the plant. Think back to your poinsettia, as the colorful leaves on that plant are also called flower bracts. The actual flowers are the tiny yellow button shaped flowers on the tip of the plant, not the colorful leaves. This boat-shaped growth called the bracts contains the delicate white tongue-shaped flowers.

These bracts will have the same purplish-red color of the underside of the leaves, and as the boat-shaped bract matures, the top will open up, revealing the flowers. The plant flowers from June to August but unless you look closely, you will not notice the flowers on the plant. With the many leaves on the plant it does look like the bulrushes growing in wet areas. The boat-shaped bracts represent the basket that baby Moses was put into to hide him from the Egyptian soldiers.

If you are going to repot the plant or divide the plant, the spring is the best time . Be sure to use a good potting soil with a lot of organic matter in it. When you divide the plant, use a sharp knife to cut shoots from each other rather than pulling the plant apart. Once potted, the plant should be kept in a shaded spot for a few days to allow it time to adjust to the division. Also fertilize and water the new soil well to force all air pockets out of the pot and help settle the new soil in the pot.

The plant is easy to grow and will survive and thrive in most homes with minimal care, and is a good houseplant for a new gardener. The name is easy to remember because it was given to it after a story from the Bible. Enjoy.

Peggy Lee My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)
Peggy Lee My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)

"Inside every one of us is a garden and each practitioner has to go back and take care of it
Maybe in the past, you left it unattended for a long time. You should know exactly what is going on in your own garden and try to put everything in order. Restore the beauty; restore the harmony in your garden. Many people will enjoy your garden if it is well tended."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich

You're running late from work due to traffic to get home and make supper. The kids have a sports event you have to attend or you're watching a sporting event on the TV and want something that is quick and easy to make to feed the crowd. How about making, a tasty pulled Rotisserie Chicken sandwich on a fresh baked Kaiser roll. Stop at your local supermarket on your way home and pick up a couple Rotisserie chickens, some fresh baked Kaiser rolls or other type of fresh rolls and a quart of cold slaw and you're almost ready for the compliments to begin. Your family or quest will think you were cooking for hours for this wonderful meal. This sandwich will also make a great meal for a tail gate party at the game.

1- 2 to 2 pound chicken for 6 sandwiches
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
cup of water
cup of red wine vinegar
6 Kaiser Rolls or poppy, onion, or seeded rolls, split in 2
8 ounces of coleslaw for the sandwiches, and 8 ounces more for a side dish with the sandwich
A bag of mini carrots and celery sticks, or better still a vegetable platter

1} Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and coarsely chop and shred the chicken meat

2} In a 2 quart saucepan, combine the chicken, barbecue sauce, water, and red wine vinegar. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until nice and hot, stirring frequently.

3} Spoon the chicken mixture on the bottom half of the roll, then top with your cold coleslaw and add the top of the roll. 

4} If your feeding more than 6 people you can double or triple this recipe easily and if you have any extra it can be reheated later and taste just as good. 

5} Serve with raw vegetables and a dip, pickles, olives, and potato chips or potato salad. If your garden is productive, how about some fresh picked cucumbers and ripe tomatoes to go with the meal. Enjoy!



Garden Journal

        Garden Journal - A garden is a friend you can visit any time. Gardens require planning and cultivation, yielding beauty and joy. This garden journal helps make planning and organizing easy. This book makes a great gift for gardeners, family, friends, birthdays, Christmas, new home or as a self purchase.


Cover holds a 5 x7 or 4x6 photo, Heavy-duty D-ring binder

1. 8 tabbed sections
2. 5 garden details sections with pockets for seeds, tags....
3. Weather records page
4. 6 three year journal pages
5. Insect & diseases page - 3 project pages
6. 3 annual checklist pages
7. Plant wish list page
8. 2 large pocket pages
9. Sheet of garden labels
10. 5 garden detail sheets
11. 5 graph paper pages for layouts
12. 5 photo pages holds - 4- 4x6 photos in landscape or portrait format

Journal, Planning, Inspirations. 

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Regular price $34.95  Special Price $31.95!  special!        Supplies are now limited!


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