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Growing on the High Plains: 2021 Seed Catalogs—Part Two

Today's Growing on the High Plains continues our look at the most exciting time for gardeners experiencing a bit of Spring fever. As the mail is delivered in March, it often means seed catalogs find their way into our eager hands. Today we'll discuss a couple that I've enjoyed for years: my Vermont Bean Seedbooklet and the Jung Seed Company, which handles nine catalogs of tried-and-true seeds and has been in business since 1907. Whether you prefer to order online or if you keep it "old school" like me by punching the 800 number, these seed copmanies have a great inventory and helpful staff, so fingers crossed that your desired seeds are still in stock. Since the pandemic, it seems that many households have seen a renewed interest in growing food—which is great! There's nothing like getting your hands deep in the ground to take your mind off of life's many anxieties. Here's to a successful planting season, and be sure toshare your stories with meas you dig in! 

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.