It is that time of year! Seed catalogs are being mailed out all over and many gardeners are planning their spring garden. Here are some of the best seed catalogs out there.
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Winter is the perfect time to plan and order the seeds you will need in the coming year. You should definitely check out these amazing seed catalogs as you design your garden. Many of them carry heirloom, non-GMO seeds that you can grow for food, fun or beauty.
You can order them online and check out the information there but many of these seed companies use the catalog as a growing guide. This will include information on germination, soil type, sun levels needed and pest pressures that you should look into when designing your garden.
Many of these companies have been working hard to preserve rare, unusual, heirloom and different seeds from all over the world. They also tend to include information on saving your own seeds which will save you money and keep the seed line alive.
This is a wonderful seed catalog for southern gardeners. It has specific seeds that deal with the heat and drought well. Specifically suited toward the Southeastern portions of the United States, its a perfect match for my Louisiana garden.
Seed Savers Exchange has the best information on how to save seeds for their large selection. They also have live plant selections including heirloom apple trees that ship in the spring. They even have a cut flower selection which is a nice new addition.
This company, like many of my favorite seed companies, is on a mission to provide seeds to the public and keep these different seeds alive through this awesome charitable nonprofit.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has an amazing selection of seeds from around the world. They have an impressive variety from Asia as well as unique Native American seeds you will not find anywhere else.
They also have a selection of live plants including dwarf fruiting bananas and mulberry. I have these and they’ve grown from 6 inch seedlings to over 3 feet saplings in 2 years. The fast growing mulberry tree is already 20 feet tall.
High Mowing Organic Seeds is new to me. I found them when looking for cover crop organic seeds to spread in my backyard for my chickens that live in a chicken tractor. They have many cover crops as well as the usual different kinds of fruits, flowers and veggies.
They are providing 53 new varieties for 2020 and I am excited to try them out in my backyard this year. Definitely one to check out as they are dedicated the genetic varieties of their seeds and promoting the non-GMO project.
Burpee has been around a long time. They have been the companion of home gardeners for over 100 years. Burpee has plants, seeds, seed starting supplies and more. They have collections as well as live plants that anyone can grow.
While they may not necessarily be non-GMO or organic, they’ve definitely perfected varieties that are very easy to grow. They have discounts and coupons you can take advantage of as well.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds has a great selection of seeds. They appear more geared toward the market gardener and farmer. They also have large selection of gardening supplies such as hoop houses and seeders.
Definitely check them out if you want seeds in bulk or larger amounts. However, they also include many different fruits and vegetables as well that any gardener will enjoy.
Starting from seed
You can often get many fruits and vegetables as seedlings from a local nursery but the cost is far greater. Another disadvantage is you will not have access to so many fun, interesting and unique varieties you will find in these seed catalogs.
If you are in the south, oftentimes, you can start your seeds outdoors. However, you may want to get a jump on the bugs or be too far north and will need to start your seeds indoors. Many of the seed catalogs have information as well as supplies to help you start them indoors.
After you have seedlings and the last frost has finished, you can plant your seedlings in easy to assemble raised beds. You will need good soil and access at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for most of your food to grow. Once you have these you can enjoy some wonderful fresh, super local fruits and veggies.
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