I have posted this thread on this topic, as it says that this is the place to share diseases and disorders!
Who amongst you shares this disorder?
You know the symptoms.
It's winter, you can't do anything in the garden. You are looking desperately for something to do that is garden-related. Preferably a seed that can be sown NOW. This affliction often hits just after the Xmas Holiday, as the nights will soon get lighter and you don't want to waste any time.
So you have all of the seed catalogues you can lay your hands on. They are bedtime reading, left in the loo, all around the house for those few minutes you have a chance to peruse them in peace. The list is getting longer, whilst the garden space is getting smaller.
You have nowwhere that you can realistically start them, but you can't resist just one more packet. They are just what you need for that gap you can see.
You started with just one packet. Then you had a margarine tub full of them. That became a shoebox. Now you have a large plastic box full of them. The worst is that some are too old or out of date, but you still think that one day there will be a miraculous space for them in the garden, and many seeds are viable for years, aren't they? It would be a crime to throw them out.
so you think you will give some away on a seed swap site. Just the ones you got free that duplicate ones you have bought. It may help a newbie with their garden. But you see rare seeds on the site, or ones that spark your imagination, and come away with more seeds than you gave up.
Is this you? Do you have any or all of the above symptoms?
If so, there is no help. There is no spray, nematode, powder, medicine or other quick fix available. It is as persisent as slugs, and has never yet been cured. This disorder is very common within the gardening community, and seems to be spreading quickly with the proliferation of online gardening/specialist shopping sites that are now readily available to the sufferer.
As a serious sufferer myself, all I can suggest is a form of psychological group therapy online. If you are willing to share your experience of this very serious and possibly house space threatening disorder, I'm sure that other people will come forward to share their experiences.
In this way, we can support each other with this problem, find out what other people are storing in their secret cache that they hide from partners and family, and, possibly, persuade them that disposing of a few packets to other helpful members of the group, or newbies in need, is aiding in their recovery from this terrible, guilt-ridden affliction. (this tongue should be WITHIN the cheek!)