This is a quiet time of year for most gardeners. A time to dream about your spring garden and to make plans. Yes, it’s seed catalog time! I’m sure they’ve been arriving in your mailbox as they have mine!
I love seed catalogs! I just love slowly pouring over my catalogs, looking at all the different varieties of flowers and vegetables that are available. Reading the descriptions – they all sound so good! I always circle all the ones I would order if I had no budget limits.
Normally I order my seeds in February/March but this year I’m placing my order tomorrow. We have had extremely mild temps all winter and I think we’re going to have an early spring. The forsythia is starting to bloom and some of my daffodils are popping up!
There are quite a lot of seed catalog companies out there. Here’s a guide to my favorite seed catalogs.
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange – certified organic seeds that grow well in the midatlantic region
- Seed Savers Exchange – they’re dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds and the sometimes they’re the only ones to have certain varieties.
- Bountiful Gardens – untreated open-pollinated non-GMO seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties
- Fedco – your source for cold-hardy selections especially adapted to the demanding Northeast climate
- Renee’s Garden – All their seeds are carefully trialed and evaluated in test gardens in different climate zones before being added to their line.
- Territorial Seed Company – Each year Territorial’s research garden staff grows and evaluates thousands of varieties for best taste, Northwest hardiness, and good germination. More recently they began reclaiming older, favorite vegetable varieties sometimes shelved by their seed suppliers.
Feel free to add your favorite seed catalog in the comments!
P.S. One year I didn’t have the budget to order seeds and got my seeds at the Dollar Tree – 4 for $1.00. I had a perfectly wonderful vegetable garden that year. It’s great if you can afford heirloom, non-gmo seeds but don’t let it stop you from trying to grow from seed if they are out of your budget.