Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that spring is coming. The temperatures outside are well below freezing and the ground is covered with snow and ice. Even the birds are puffed up at the feeders. Spring seems along way off. However the one clue that tells me that spring is coming is the number of seed catalogs in my mailbox!
I’ve actually been receiving less seed catalogs in the last few years, I’m sure because mailing has gotten so expensive and I haven’t ordered anything form them in a few years. The seed catalogs I continue to receive are my favorites.
There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting by our woodstove with a cup of tea looking through the various catalogs and planning my garden because spring is coming!
I’ve cut way back on our vegetable garden since our house is on the market and you never know when we might get an offer! However I can’t give up gardening totally and I have eight wonderful raised beds so why not plant them!
My favorite catalog is the Solstice Seed catalog. A local seed saver, Sylvia Davatz started this catalog several years ago. She lives just a few towns over so I know that everything in her catalog will grow in my garden. Last year she passed on the catalog to another local seed saver. As a result the prices have increased somewhat. However the goal of both of these wonderful seed savers is that we should all be growing and saving our own seeds. Every seed listed in the catalog you should be able to grow and then save the seeds yourself.
My second favorite seed catalog is the Fedco Seed Catalog. This is not a glossy publication in fact there is not one photograph in the whole catalog, just black and white drawings and wonderful descriptions and information on the various seeds. There prices are very reasonable and I get a further discount when ordering through our local co-op. As a result my order is usually very inexpensive.
If you are interested in growing heirloom seeds you should request a catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. This company has almost 2000 different varieties of seeds for sale. The photographs are beautiful and the stories behind the various seeds are so interesting to read. I love that the company was started small and has done so well. I would love to order all my seeds from them but instead I just order a special few. If you are interested in the Gete okosomin squash they do offer seeds!
What are your favorite seed catalogs? I love finding companies that are fairly local, like Solstice Seeds. That way I can be assured of having a successful garden. Spring is coming and now is the time to order your seeds!