By Kathy LaLiberte
he 2008 seed catalogs began to arrive just before Christmas and there's now a tall stack of them in the basket beside by my reading chair. I've found a couple "new for 2008" varieties that I'll be trying out this spring, and a couple more that for one reason or another I haven't grown yet. Hopefully one or two of them will interest you, as well.
Years ago, I was diligent about keeping a gardening journal. But, as my life grew more and more crowded, it became difficult to maintain the journal. One piece of record-keeping that I have managed to keep is my annual seedstarting calendar. I do know which week I planted my pepper seeds last winter, and the date I sowed the alyssum. And I know whether I started my onion seeds earlier or later than the year before. Because I start over 40 types of plants from seed (and about 70 different varieties), my seedstarting schedule is essential.
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Steve Johnson of Arden Hills, Minn., has watched the gardens in his three-
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