, Muskogee, OK

January 1, 2014

Start new season with seeds

By Molly Day
All the Dirt on Gardening

— Plant and seed catalogs are arriving daily and announcements about new plants show up on the Internet by the hour. Plant hybridizers, seed developers and garden product providers are ready for our orders, and January is the perfect time to dream that our orders will transform our gardens.

Most of the companies listed below offer garden supplies. You’ll find growing containers, soil amendments, plant tags, row covers, fertilizers and insect controls as well as seeds, plants, tubers, chickens and books.

Disease- and insect-resistant plant varieties are widely available. Pelletted seeds are covered with a bit of clay that helps them stay put where they are planted.

Monsanto and Seminis provide much of the seeds available ( If you want to avoid GMOs, look for terms such as “safe seed pledge,” “open-pollinated” and “heirloom” in the description.

Many companies offer newsletters by email and have seasonal sales if you sign up on their website. Several vendors also sell seeds at and Be sure they are selling fresh seeds before ordering.

Several companies own two or more seed brands and in those cases, only one is listed. All of these companies offer non-GMO seeds.

Seed providers:

Amishland Heirloom Seeds, (grows her own seed)

Annie’s Heirloom Seed, http://

Artistic Gardens,, (802) 748-1446 (40 cent packets)

B and T World Seeds,, searchable by zone

Baker Creek, http://rareseeds.

com, (417) 924-8917

Botanical Interest,, informative seed packets

Bountiful Gardens,, (707) 459-6410

Burpee,, (800) 888-1447

Chiltern Seeds, www.

Cook’s Garden seeds,, (800) 457-9703

Diane’s Flower Seeds,

Dixondale Farm Onions, www.

Eden Brothers,,

Ethnobotanical Catalog of Seeds,

Fedco Coop seeds and Moose Tubers,, (207) 873-7333

Garden Medicinals and Culinaries,, (540) 872-8351

Gourmet Seed International,, (575) 398-6111

Granny’s Heirloom Seeds, Bolivar, MO,

Harris Seed, www.harrisseeds.

com, (800) 544-7938

Heirloom Tomatoes,, (every tomato)

High Mowing organic seeds,, (802) 472-617

Holland Wildflower,, (800) 684-3734 Grows and supplies seed to Crystal Bridges Museum for their wildflower drive. Habitat mixes.

Hometown Seeds,, (888) 433-3106

Horizon Herbs,, (541) 846-6704. (medicinal herbs)

Jelitto Perennials, www.jelitto.

com (German)

Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www., (877) 564-6697

Kitazawa Seed,, (510) 595-1188 (Asian vegetables and herbs)

Kusa Seed Society, Rare wheat, barley, millet, lentil varieties.

Landis Valley Museum,, (717) 569-0401, German settler varieties

Landreth Seed Company, www. (800) 654-2407

L’Atelier Vert — Everything French Gardening,

Lost Creek Shitake Mushroom Farm, http://shiitakemushroomlog.

com, (800) 792-0053

MO Wildflowers Nursery, www., (573) 496-3492. Open pollinated native seed

Native Seeds/SEARCH,, (520) 622-5561. Non-profit organization offers seeds of the traditional foods from the American Southwest and northern Mexico

Nichols Garden Nursery, www., (800) 422-3985

Onalee Seeds, (detailed seed packs)

Outside Pride,, (800) 670-4192. Native grass, envirolawn, ground cover

Park Seed, Free catalog

Pepper Joe’s,, (843) 742-5116 (all peppers)

Pinetree Garden Seeds,, (207) 926-3400 (free print catalog)

Planet Natural,, (800) 289-6656

Pleasant Hill Grain,, (ancient and heirloom varieties)

R.H. Shumway’s, www., (800) 342-9461 (same varieties for 100 years)

Renee’s Garden Seeds, – great seed packets

Richters Herbs Canada, www., (800) 668-4372

Sample Seed Shop., (716) 871-1137 (small packets $1 to $2)

Sand Hill Preservation Center,, (563)  246-2299 (heirloom seeds and poultry)

Sand Mountain Herbs, http://

Seed Savers Exchange, www., (563) 382-5990 (Join for the best deals)

Seeds from Italy,, (785) 748-0959 (generous packs)

Seeds of Change,, (888) 762-7333

Select Seeds, www.selectseeds.

com, (800) 684-0395

Sky Fire Garden, ($2 packs)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, www.southernexposure.

com, (540) 894-9480 (free catalog)

Territorial Seed,, (800) 626-0866

Thompson and Morgan,, (800) 274-7333 (free catalog)

Thyme Garden Herbs, www., (541) 487-8671

Tomato Bob Heirloom Tomatoes,, (614) 256-6298 (free catalog)

Vermont Bean Seed Co,, (800) 349-1071

Whatcom Seed Co,, (palms, bonsai, baobab)

White Harvest Seed,, (866) 424-3185 (survival packets)

Need more? Go to for a list of lists!