OK, it’s true: Compost and a good hoe are probably a gardener’s best friends—but seed company catalogs are certainly fun, useful friends to have during the off-season.
If you love gardening as much as I do, you can’t wait for the cold months to pass so you can get your hands in the dirt again. One great way to pass the time until spring finally arrives is to browse seed company catalogs.
Almost all seed companies provide a free catalog of their offerings at least once a year. These catalogs allow you brainstorm what new types and varieties of vegetables, fruits and flowers you may want to add to your garden next year—and many of the catalogs even offer great growing tips.
Here are a few of my favorite seed companies. Follow the links in the descriptions below to be taken to these companies’ websites, where you can sign up to receive their catalogs.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers all non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. You’ll be amazed at their selection of old-world heirlooms.
Botanical Interests is an up-and-coming sustainable seed company that has mastered the seed packet. That may sound silly, but take a look at all the info they pack onto their seed packets, and you’ll know what I mean. This company also sells cool combo packs and has a fun-to-browse website.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has a no-GMO policy and offers more than 700 varieties. They do extensive germination testing and promote seed saving.
Seeds of Change is a great place to go if you’re looking for organic seeds. They offer more than 1,200 certified-organic varieties for the home gardener or market grower.
Seed Savers Exchange is a community of seed savers who work to promote and preserve genetic diversity. These people are truly helping to protect our food supply, so it just plain feels good to support them. All seeds are untreated and non-GMO.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds is known for their extensive selection of both seeds and gardening supplies. This is the place to go for one-stop garden shopping if you need some standard seeds, some funky heirlooms, and some tools and supplies.
For much more information about garden seed companies, and for recommendations of other seed companies to check out, visit Best Vegetable Seed Companies. For a breakdown of seed companies in your state (buying seeds locally can help to ensure the varieties you buy are well adapted to your region), check out Best Garden Seed Companies.
Photo by Saxon Holt