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Where Is All That Junk Mail When You Need It?

I wonder if I am the only one that misses all of the seed catalogues that used to come around Christmas time? This year I only received one catalogue – one that I have never received before. It’s called Seeds N Such from Graniteville SC. Of course, they have an online website at  

First Seed Catalog

When I can’t sleep at night, I get up and read my seed catalogues. I guess one can classify it as a fix for an overactive mind. Usually it only takes about 15 minutes to a half an hour, and I am exhausted from all of the imaginary rototilling, planting, and weeding, and I go right back to sleep. A couple of things caught my eye. The first thing was Clancy Hybrid Potatoes. And it’s a 2019 AAS Award Winer, whatever that means. It’s a potato that you buy as seeds and grow like a tomato seed. You sow the seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost, and then plant the seedlings when you plant your tomato seedlings. You then treat the potato seedling as if it was a potato tuber. The catalogue says it grows 2 to 3 feet tall with dark green foliage and lovely purple flowers. This solves one of my gardening problems as I hate to work and plant in the mud with cold fingers. Besides, potatoes don’t have lovely purple flowers. 

The second thing which caught my eye in the Seeds N Such catalog is a French pole bean called Monte Gusto. It’s a yellow bean that supposed to have superb beany flavor better than most wax beans. My wife loves yellow bush beans, but they are hard to grow in this area and I can’t ever grow enough of them for her. Besides, I like to grow things on a pole or fence. Then I don’t have to bend over to harvest them. Hopefully these will outgrow the weeds in my garden but I am a skeptic.   

I swear there is something sinister going on with the US mail system. The letters and packages from charities don’t seem to have any problem getting to my house. The only problem is that I have had enough of charities for a while at least. I don’t want your free gloves, free address labels, free greeting cards, free mittens, free money, and the list goes on. And it’s creating another problem that we have here in the Finger Lakes: What do you do with all of that trash?