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 (http://bit.ly/1cf9zAV). 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 eBay.com and Amazon.com. 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.
Amishland Heirloom Seeds, www.amishlandseeds.com (grows her own seed)
Annie’s Heirloom Seed, http://
Artistic Gardens, www.artisticgardens.com, (802) 748-1446 (40 cent packets)
B and T World Seeds, http://b-and-t-world-seeds.com, searchable by zone
Baker Creek, http://rareseeds.
com, (417) 924-8917
Botanical Interest, www.botanicalinterests.com, informative seed packets
Bountiful Gardens, www.bountifulgardens.org, (707) 459-6410
Burpee, www.burpee.com, (800) 888-1447
Chiltern Seeds, www.
Cook’s Garden seeds, www.cooksgarden.com, (800) 457-9703
Diane’s Flower Seeds, www.dianeseeds.com
Dixondale Farm Onions, www.
Eden Brothers, ww.edenbrothers.com,
Ethnobotanical Catalog of Seeds, www.JLHudsonSeeds.net
Fedco Coop seeds and Moose Tubers, www.fedcoseeds.com, (207) 873-7333
Garden Medicinals and Culinaries, www.gardenmedicinals.com, (540) 872-8351
Gourmet Seed International, www.gourmetseed.com, (575) 398-6111
Granny’s Heirloom Seeds, Bolivar, MO, www.grannysheirloomseeds.com
Harris Seed, www.harrisseeds.
com, (800) 544-7938
Heirloom Tomatoes, www.heirloomtomatoes.net, (every tomato)
High Mowing organic seeds, www.highmowingseeds.com, (802) 472-617
Holland Wildflower, www.hwildflower.com, (800) 684-3734 Grows and supplies seed to Crystal Bridges Museum for their wildflower drive. Habitat mixes.
Hometown Seeds, http://hometownseeds.com, (888) 433-3106
Horizon Herbs, www.horizonherbs.com, (541) 846-6704. (medicinal herbs)
Jelitto Perennials, www.jelitto.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.
johnnyseeds.com, (877) 564-6697
Kitazawa Seed, www.kitazawaseed.com, (510) 595-1188 (Asian vegetables and herbs)
Kusa Seed Society, www.ancientcerealgrains.org. Rare wheat, barley, millet, lentil varieties.
Landis Valley Museum, www.landisvalleymuseum.org, (717) 569-0401, German settler varieties
Landreth Seed Company, www.
landrethseeds.com (800) 654-2407
L’Atelier Vert — Everything French Gardening, www.frenchgardening.com
Lost Creek Shitake Mushroom Farm, http://shiitakemushroomlog.
com, (800) 792-0053
MO Wildflowers Nursery, www.
mowildflowers.net, (573) 496-3492. Open pollinated native seed
Native Seeds/SEARCH, www.nativeseeds.org, (520) 622-5561. Non-profit organization offers seeds of the traditional foods from the American Southwest and northern Mexico
Nichols Garden Nursery, www.
nicholsgardennursery.com, (800) 422-3985
Onalee Seeds, www.onalee.com (detailed seed packs)
Outside Pride, www.outsidepride.com, (800) 670-4192. Native grass, envirolawn, ground cover
Park Seed, www.parkseed.com Free catalog
Pepper Joe’s, www.pepperjoe.com, (843) 742-5116 (all peppers)
Pinetree Garden Seeds, www.superseeds.com, (207) 926-3400 (free print catalog)
Planet Natural, www.planetnatural.com, (800) 289-6656
Pleasant Hill Grain, www.pleasanthillgrain.com, (ancient and heirloom varieties)
R.H. Shumway’s, www.
hrshumway.com, (800) 342-9461 (same varieties for 100 years)
Renee’s Garden Seeds, http://reneesgarden.com – great seed packets
Richters Herbs Canada, www.
richters.com, (800) 668-4372
Sample Seed Shop. http://sampleseeds.com, (716) 871-1137 (small packets $1 to $2)
Sand Hill Preservation Center, www.sandhillpreservation.com, (563) 246-2299 (heirloom seeds and poultry)
Sand Mountain Herbs, http://
Seed Savers Exchange, www.
Seedsavers.org, (563) 382-5990 (Join for the best deals)
Seeds from Italy, www.growitalian.com, (785) 748-0959 (generous packs)
Seeds of Change, www.seeds-ofchange.com, (888) 762-7333
Select Seeds, www.selectseeds.
com, (800) 684-0395
Sky Fire Garden, www.skyfiregardenseeds.com ($2 packs)
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, www.southernexposure.
com, (540) 894-9480 (free catalog)
Territorial Seed, www.territorialseed.com, (800) 626-0866
Thompson and Morgan, www.tmseeds.com, (800) 274-7333 (free catalog)
Thyme Garden Herbs, www.
thymegarden.com, (541) 487-8671
Tomato Bob Heirloom Tomatoes, www.tomatobob.com, (614) 256-6298 (free catalog)
Vermont Bean Seed Co, www.vermontbean.com, (800) 349-1071
Whatcom Seed Co, www.seedrack.com, (palms, bonsai, baobab)
White Harvest Seed, www.whiteharvestseed.com, (866) 424-3185 (survival packets)
Need more? Go to www.gardenlist.com for a list of lists!