I can’t help it. I know I should stop my catalogs from coming in the mail because they do waste a lot of paper, but they make me so happy! Really, really happy. It’s my little vice. I don’t have very many, but this is one of them.
I read them before going to sleep, and dream of the spring and summer, when fabulous heirloom fruits and vegetables abound!
Well, it is time to start becoming inspired, and having that little twinkle in your eye. Let your imagination roar with the possibilities now…. before you have to come back down to reality as you begin to plot your garden for the year in just a few weeks. No, you can’t plant 10 apple trees and 25 types of tomatoes in all sorts of shapes and sizes! (At least most of us can’t.) But right now, you can dream.
My Top 10 Favorite Seed Catalogs
These will all be in the US, so for our international readers, please feel free to discuss your favorites in the comments here – you come from all over the world, so it would definitely be helpful to others!
- Seed Savers Exchange – beautiful photos, amazing resource, wonderful mission
- Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply – a great resource for organic seeds, as well as gardening supplies
- Bountiful Gardens – heirloom, untreated, open-pollinated, these back-to-landers have lovely seeds and supplies as well
- Seeds of Change – my first love, these seeds are always predictably good and the catalog is beautiful
- One Green World – drool, drool, the fruit! So many you’ve never heard of, so many you want to grow!
- Raintree Nursery – our more local equivalent to One Green World (last year we took a trip to buy loads of blueberries, tayberries, raspberries, and currants)
- Irish Eyes – our potatoes came from here last year, and we were very happy with the results!
- Abundant Life Seeds & Territorial Seed Company – Abundant Life is my preference, as all the seeds are organic, biodynamic, and/or sustainable, but its parent company Territorial Seed has more variety and sells healthy seed starts. I believe in the past Territorial may have purchased some GMO seeds, but they have since signed the Safe Seed Pledge.
- Botanical Interests – last year they sent me my free and very successful amaranth, along with a few other samples, in a beautiful box with a cute garden desk calendar – so they have won me over!
- Nichols Garden Nursery – from the folks who wrote Bountiful Container, there are some wonderful varieties called out specifically for their ability to do well in containers and small spaces. Also, they’re featuring 6 different seed packets for the 6 different decades they have been around – at the original prices. So summer squash originally from the 1950s is 25 cents!
Some Others I Enjoy:
- Renee’s Garden – a good standby, perusing their catalog is like stepping back in time
- The Pepper Gal – lots and lots and lots of peppers
- Tomatofest – hundreds and hundreds of organic, heirloom tomatoes, with a huge selection of cold-climate tomatoes to boot. Great stuff.
- The Cook’s Garden – expensive seeds, but the catalog is really beautiful and inspiring
- Forest Farm - a 500 page catalog of shrubs, trees, and vines. No kidding – 500 pages
- Whatcom Seed Company – Rare and interesting seeds to experiment with
Ok, have at it:
What Are Your Favorites?
Please share, tenured gardeners!
And get ready… new Growing Challenge coming next week…!