I've been spending my evenings curled up on the couch under a multitude of blankets, drinking tea and looking through seed catalogs. Luckily, my husband doesn't seem to mind.
Last night, I finally began marking possible choices in my catalogs. I still have a lot of cutting to do from my initial selections, but I actually managed to keep my list to a much more reasonable length than in past years (yes, there have been years when I have marked close to every offering).
I'm especially intrigued by the new French Garden bean offered by Baker Creek. The bush bean produces pods in 50 days that are marketed as stringless, tender, and sweet.
I've decided to try a different type of beet this year. So far, I am leaning towards Chioggia or Detroit Dark Red. The Chioggia has an interesting history, with Italian roots dating back to the mid-1800s. Detroit Dark Red dates to the 1890s America, but has been a highly popular variety ever sense its debut.
So many good choices and so many decisions to make!