There was a time, not so long ago, when printed seed catalogs would start to arrive shortly after Thanksgiving and continue to arrive into March at my house.
These days, between the mail slowdown because of the pandemic and sustainability policies that many garden catalog companies have put in place, printed catalogs are few and far between. And that’s just fine. I don’t know many gardeners that don’t go online–or have the ability to have someone help them with that.
But without the annual reminder of the flood of seed catalogs, it may not be the first thing in some people’s minds that now is when to order for best selection–especially if, like me, you live in a cold place with frozen ground. Putting seeds in that ground–which might not thaw for months yet–isn’t foremost in my mind either.
I do remember last year though. Many varieties of seeds sold out early because of the pandemic. They are likely to do so again this year. So if you have your heart set on something, order now, even if you can’t plant for months.
Once the weather warms up, you’ll be so glad that you did!