Seed Packets Of Bean Seeds From West Coast Seeds

Choosing This Year’s Seeds

What seeds should I grow this year?  Hmmmm.  In true garden hoarder style I’ve collected way more seeds than I can every possibly plant in my tiny gardens.  Who can blame me!?  Seed companies send me catalogs all winter long.  And West Coast Seeds has the most delightful (and addictive) storefront in Ladner.  This outward brainwashing / mind-control has sucked up my free will sending me into zombie-like spending sprees.  I now have seed packets jumbled all over the place.

I better get organized.

Me:  Little paper envelopes.  So pretty and so full of possibilities. What will you become if I plant you little seeds…

Reason: Stop that!! Get a yourself a CD organizer, create dividers out of cardboard, and file seeds by the month they should be planted.  Group them by type of seed (i.e.: all tomatoes together) and by like growing conditions (i.e.: tomatoes with peppers and basil).


Me: little paper dolls…

Reason: Snap out of it!  Get those packets organized and thinned out.

Me: <gasp!>

I don’t like thinning seedlings (Sophie’s Choice flashbacks) much less culling the planting options. But it must be done. I have a tiny urban garden not a farm <lost in dreaming of life someday on a farm>.  Ahem, yes, I can only plant so many seeds.  Let’s choose them.

In the last few years I grew about 100 different varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs in my tiny urban gardens and my community garden plot.  This year I am paring that wayyyyy down.  I’ve given up the community garden plot  <sniff> and will be growing only the following (read: serious and strong tone):


sweet basil, Thai basil, rosemary, sage, chives, parsley, cilantro.


snap peas and snow peas, heirloom  tomatoes, French filet pole beans, giant garlic, hot peppers, rhubarb, salad greens.


blueberries, raspberries (red and gold), alpine strawberries, ground cherries, apples, plums.

Me:  But I want fennel and beets and carrots and squash!

Reason: Sorry, no room.  Buy them at the farmers market.

Me: Ugh.

So there we have it.  I have my plan for the year.  I’m just so absolutely certain that I won’t add another thing.  Well, maybe artichokes and kale in my flower beds if …clearly I have a problem.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Leona
    LeonaFebruary 3,11

    I can certainly relate to your post, as I have to narrow down what I want to grow to what I actually have room to grow. I may have ordered too many seeds again this year :)

  2. meemsnyc
    meemsnycFebruary 3,11

    Hahahaha, I love the internal chat that you are having with reason. I have the same problem with hoarding seed packets. So full of possibilities.

  3. Grace
    GraceFebruary 6,11

    You’ve articulated the plight of so many of us. Part of the brainwashing comes from having such a long winter and being in withdrawal don’t you think? You’ve done a superior job of organizing your seeds. Good luck with those little babies!

  4. Natasha
    NatashaMarch 6,11

    That’s my problem too! Every Year I buy way more seeds that I need. So hard to decide what to plant and what not.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog.

  5. Aimee
    AimeeMarch 24,11

    Oh dear. I am SO happy to have discovered your blog and I’m reading about all of your gardening adventures voraciously.

    I was lucky enough to move into a Brooklyn, NY apartment with a yard last August…planted fall bulbs and perennial seeds, but now the time has come to make the tough choices: which herbs and veggies will make the cut in the “how much room do I realistically have” department. (answer: not all that much.)

    I am so with you on the tendency to overindulge myself with the seed packs.

    That an urban gardener can grow fruit is a whole new world for me, and I’ve already googled your “flower tower” strawberry planter.

    Wheels are spinning…and you have a new regular reader. :)

  6. Germaine Jenkins
    Germaine JenkinsApril 3,11

    Same issues and great solution!

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