These seed companies, they’ve got us gardeners figured out. They prey on all the poor, snow-bound people during the dark, depths of winter. I swear they each have a team of meteorologists in the catalog department, just waiting for the coldest days and worst winter weather to hit. That’s when they pull the trigger. Catalogs start flying out to all the desperate, vitamin D-deprived homesteaders and farmers.
And I love it!
It’s not uncommon for me to receive multiple seed catalogs per day in the winter months. I look through every single one of them, circling things with red sharpie and dog-earring the corners. Isn’t there just something about thumbing through the pages of a real catalog? It’s therapeutic, good for the soul, relaxing, exciting, even… euphoric. I get pretty excited about seeds.
I’ve always felt that seeds connect us to the past in a big way. Learning where a seed came from and the stories of those who first grew it is one of the most rewarding parts of gardening for me. Knowing that for hundreds of years, someone has saved those very same seeds and passed them on resonates deep with me. Looking through seed catalogs is an extension of that!
Seed catalogs have been around for a long time, with some of the earliest printed catalogs being held at the National Agriculture Library and the Library of Congress, like The Catalogue of Kitchen Garden, Herb, Flower, Tree and Grass Seeds by G. Thorburn & Sons, 1832. See pictures of the catalog and it’s pages —> HERE!
Paging through a seed catalog seems old-fashioned, and I love that. I like doing things the way “they’ve always been done.” Unlike the catalogs sitting on my coffee table, Mr. Thorburn’s didn’t have any pictures, and contained barely any descriptions of the plants. But it provided families with an opportunity to try new vegetables, to grow nourishing food, and to have something to look forward to in the spring ahead- and I love that we have that in common.
Request free seed catalogs from these great companies!
Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seeds Catalogs
One of my personal favorite seed companies- I order from them every year! They have some really cool rare varieties, and are always introducing some of the latest greatest finds in the seed-world. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Bluestone Perennials Seed Catalogs
Not seeds, but plants. They sell trees, shrubs, plants, bulbs and more. I love their “solutions” headings where they tell you things like what will grow well in containers, which plants attract butterflies, and which are long-blooming. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Botanical Interests Seed Catalogs
Another big-player in the seed world, a great place to get unique and interesting vegetable varieties from a trusted name. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Bountiful Garden Seed Catalogs
A smaller seed company with no shortage of unique seed varieties. They also have seeds for shrubs and plants too! Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Catalogs
If it starts from a bulb, Brent and Becky’s is the place to get it. Great selection of flowers and plants for your landscaping. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Burnt Ridge Orchard and Nursery Tree Catalogs
Fruit and nut trees, plants and shrubs, including many rare fruit varieties! Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Burpee Seed and Plants Catalogs
A household name- Burpee has been around for over 100 years and offers a huge variety of hybrid and open-pollinated seeds, as well as plants. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Dixondale Farms Catalogs
Dedicated entirely to onions! They even have them organized by location (long-day, short-day) for which will do best in your area. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Dutch Gardens Flowers Catalogs
This company has been in business for nearly 100 years and has some really neat, colorful flower varieties. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Fedco Seeds (and more!)
An incredible selection, and a highly regarded company by some of the most prominent growers and seed savers. Fedco also has a great selection of antique apple and pear trees. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
High Mowing Organic Seeds Catalogs
Another great seed company offering high-quality heirloom and hybrid seed. With very cool varieties, this company is another one on the cutting edge of rare and unique seeds! All seeds are organic. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Johnny’s Selected Seed
Johnny’s is an employee-owed seed producer with an incredible selection and a great reputation- they have been in business since 1973. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Peaceful Valley Grow Organic Seed Catalogs
Organic seeds, plus fruiting trees and shrubs, vines, garlic bulbs and more. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Potato Garden Seed Catalogs
If you are looking for rare and unique potato varieties, this is your place! They also offer garlic, onions, and shallots. Seriously, so . many. potatoes. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Raintree Nursery Catalogs
A great source for fruit and nut trees- especially if you are looking for rare or unusual varieties. We bought several types of currant bushes and a lavender mulberry tree- all arrived packed with care and healthy. Safe Seed Pledge: NOT signed.
Seeds from Italy Heirloom Italian Seeds Catalogs
Regarded in rare seed trading circles as a best-kept secret. Seed from Italy are imported from Italy and distributed by this company. The prices are great and the seed quantity is generous! Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Seeds of Change Organic Seeds Catalogs
Offering organic seeds and aiming to preserve heirloom and traditional seed varieties, Seeds of Change has become a trusted name among gardeners. Vegetable, herb and flower seeds available. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Seed Saver’s Exchange Seed Catalogs
Another one of my all-time favorites, and the first company I ordered “fun” unique heirloom varieties… the company that started it all for me! Some of the most unique varieties! Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
This company offers vegetables, herbs, and many varieties of flowers, including rare, heirloom and antique varieties! Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Territorial Seed Company Catalogs
Seeds and plants of all varieties, this family-owed company has many of the newest and most unique varieties available. Another great company with a catalog filled with stunning plants! Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Vesey’s Organic Seeds Catalogs
Operating since 1939, this company offers both conventional and organic seeds with many unique varieties. Safe Seed Pledge: signed.
Regarding The Safe Seed Pledge…
Created in 1999, the Safe Seed Pledge helps to connect non-GM seed sellers, distributors and traders to the growing market of concerned gardeners and agricultural consumers. The Pledge allows businesses and individuals to declare that they “do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment.
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