January is seed catalog month. This is serious business!
First, I do a inventory of the seeds I have. Then I go through each of my favorite catalogs and mark new seeds, favorite seeds and things I want to try. The lists get long!
Then, I compare prices. And mark off any duplicates. And make my final lists. Notice – I said LISTS, not list!
This year I am ordering a bunch of perennial vegtables and self seeding greens. These will go in beds under the fruit trees in the upper garden. Part of my Permaculture/food forest plan.
Some of my favorite seed catalogs are:
Pinetree – www.superseeds.com They have small packages. I am not a market garden and do not need 300 seeds of Brandywine tomato! And the price is usually $1.25 – $1.50. If they have it, I usually order it here. They also have tobacco seeds. Thought that was interesting. Lots of tools and supplies too.
Bountiful Gardens – www.bountifulgardens.org – a non-profit educational group that educates people all over the World about gardening and sustainability. They have a safe seed pledge and are part of Ecology Action. They have interesting things like Ancient Wheat and grains, animal food seeds, some permaculture plant seeds and compost crops.
Natural Gardening – www.naturalgardening.com – they have some things I cannot find anywhere else. Zapotec tomato, Nickel filet bean. I usually take something off the Pinetree list and put it on this list to beef up the order a bit
Southern Exposure – www.souternexposure.com – I am in the Southeast. They are in VA and recommend varities for the South. And have some different varieties. They have lots of growing info in thier catalog. Thier motto is “saving the past for the future ”
Sow True Seed – www. sowtrueseed.com – I ordered some perinnal edible weeds. Chickweed ( for me and chicken treats) dandelion, lamb’s quarters and this is one of the few places to get Austrian Winter Pea. A Nitrogen fixing cover crop. The tips are a yummy addition to salads. Taste like fresh sweet peas.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – www.rareseeds.com –DANGER – this is a pandora’s box of rare, interesting and unusual seeds. The Photography is a work out of art! I am still reading it and underlining and marking things. Scary.
You might notice – I am into heirloom, open pollinated, non hybrid, organic and NON GMO seeds. It is for the wonderful taste, keeping the diversity going and if WTSHTF – I can save the seed.