For gardeners, it’s the warmest moment of the coldest season: when your first seed catalog arrives in the mail. You can almost feel your green thumb twitching in anticipation as you leaf through the pages and imagine the possibilities.
Seed Sources We Love
Seed catalogs have captivated gardeners ever since Englishman David Landreth produced the first American mail order seed catalog in 1784. The D. Landreth Seed Company is still going strong as our love affair with seed catalogs continues. Only, today, there are hundreds of catalogs and thousands of seeds to choose from. Here are some of our favorites sources.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is an extensive collection of heirloom vegetables.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds has everything you’ll need for Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden and more.
Renee’s Garden Seeds contains a selection of seeds of heirloom and cottage garden flowers, aromatic herbs, and gourmet vegetables from around the world.
At Richters, you’ll find a variety of herbs and a nice selection of vegetables.
Seed Savers Exchange is the largest nongovernmental seed bank in America and keeper of thousands of varieties of heirloom seeds—known for its heirloom vegetable collection.
Select Seeds is where you’ll find old-fashioned flowers, just like Grandma grew.
Thompson and Morgan is an extensive selection of both vegetables and ornamentals straight from England since 1855.
For more than 500 varieties of tomatoes and peppers, visit Tomato Growers Supply Company.
For more information about growing your own seeds, see “Growing Your Own” in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.