Winter Reading: Seed Catalog Time
The weather outside may be frightful but my favorite thing to do on a cold winter’s day is sit by the woodstove and enjoy some seed catalog time. It’s the time of the year when the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail and it’s so much fun to look through them and plan a garden for the spring. I love to garden and if I can’t actually have my hands in the the dirt planning a garden is the next best thing!
My all time favorite catalog is Solstice Seeds. This is put out by local seed saver Sylvia ?. You may remember that I took a seed saving class from her several years go. She is meticulous in keeping track of her plants and growing conditions etc. Any seed I have ever purchased from her has a great germination rate and will do well in my garden. Sylvia’s seeds are all heirloom and her hope is that you too will begin saving your own seeds! This will be her last year of putting out a catalog. She will be moving on to other things and sincerely hopes that everyone that has purchased seeds from her in the past will now begin to save their own seeds. I have to say that Sylvia’s seed catalog, Solstice Seeds is by far my most favorite catalog. I know that all the seeds offered in this catalog were grown less than twenty miles from my home! Sylvia does not have a web site but if anyone is interested I’d be glad to send you a pdf of her catalog. Just contact me!
Another favorite Vermont Catalog is the High Mowing Organic Seeds catalog. I just love shopping local and supporting other Vermont businesses. I haven’t received this catalog yet this year but I’m expecting it any day!
Fedco is also another favorite. A company in Maine puts out this catalog. They carry a wide assortment of seeds some heirloom, and some not. The catalog is printed on newsprint and the only pictures you’ll see are drawings. If you want to see what an actually plant or vegetable will look like you will have to look elsewhere.
Baker Seed Heirloom Seeds Catalog is the catalog I spend the most time reading. All the seeds are heirloom and each seed has it’s own story! I was so excited to see that this year they will be carrying the Gete okosomin seeds. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their catalog go online and request one. You’ll be glad you did their photographs are amazing!
One last catalogs worthy of mentioning is the Seed Savers Exchange catalog, although not local, it is a catalog full of heirloom and open pollinated seeds. For 40 years the Seed Savers Exchange has been in the forefront of the heirloom seed movement, working with gardeners and seed savers to preserve our garden and food heritage.
Usually I start my own seeds but this year I will be relying on a local farmer who has a wonderful selection of heirloom seedlings. As we continue to de-clutter and get ready for an eventual move there are some things I am cutting back on. I look forward to the day when life resume a more normal routine and I can go back to starting my own seeds once again. Are you a gardener? What are your favorite catalogs?