“Gardener’s Supply” in Burlington is a terrific source for all things horticultural from plants to composters and rain barrels. This catalog is not a quick read as it is chock full of items to help one garden better. A few years ago, “Gardener’s Supply” began to offer heavy duty growing bags for potatoes. After one season I was hooked as this method allowed me to expand my garden onto the driveway and grow a crop that I had not had the room to grow. At the end of the season after harvest, the soil is removed and the bags shaken and allowed to dry before storage. These bags are easy and fun and now there are several choices for different crops. The “Kinsman Company” offers unusual wire planters and hanging baskets, liners, moss and garden decoration all with a British flair. “Lee Valley Tools” and “A.M. Leonard” are companies that sell unusual and hard to find tools of exceptional quality and gardeners will tell you that it is money well spent when buying a well made tool. You may buy one over a lifetime instead of several.
Both a resource and a reference are the catalogs that offer products for problem solving in the garden. Two favorite catalogs are “Arbico Organics” and “Gardens Alive!” They offer good descriptions and pictures of problems that educate the gardener about insects and diseases. Specializing in natural remedies, these sources guide a gardener through confusing territory offering remedies that are minimally toxic. So take a close look at the catalogs that arrive at your house this winter. January and February are good months for garden planning and catalogs mean that you can do it all from the comfort of your favorite armchair.