Tuesday Greens #20: Seed Catalogs

by Becky Elmuccio on February 12, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday Greens #20! Last week, I spoke about laying out my garden and today, I am thinking about what to grow and what varieties I would like to grow this year. I am excited to begin perusing the catalogs and looking online. I anticipate using heirlooms again this year and I have some great organic seed companies from which to order. I don’t seed start. We haven’t the space or the time at this point in life, so tomatoes, peppers and eggplants will all be purchased as plantlings again. Longview’s Locavore Challenge has asked us to share our garden plans this year. So, please do so with the #locavorechallenge on Twitter and Instagram and share what you are planning. Below are my top six favorite resources for ordering seeds and buying plants:

1) High Mowing Seeds – I purchase the majority of my seeds here.

2) Terrain – They offer lovely organic plantlings around Mother’s Day.

3) Seeds of Change – I love that these are available at local supermarkets as well as online.

4) Baker Creek Heirloom or Comstock Ferre – The Gettles are great heirloom preservationists and their magazine Heirloom Gardener is spectacular!

5) Renee’s Garden – I am looking at this catalog this year in order to plan my flower beds.

6) Happy Cat Organics – We got our onion and potato sets from Tim last year and we love that we can find local and organic seed options with them.

Where are you sourcing your seeds this year? Do you save seeds? I look forward to reading everyone’s posts this week. Enjoy your day!!


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Lauryn February 12, 2013 at 7:46 am

Great list Becky! A few of these weren’t on my radar at all! Thanks for sharing!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

Glad I can spread some good info!

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Jennifer Crum February 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

My husband is a seed catalog fan, I’ll have to check these out.

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

These are some great ones and all have good customer service if you have any questions.

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Tracey February 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

Thanks for sharing! There are quite a few companies I have never heard of before and I will now check them out! 🙂

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

Glad I could help you find some new ones, Tracey!

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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) February 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

I wish I had a green thumb! The best I can do is buy some starter plants and hope for the best. I’ve often told my husband, if a kid came knocking on the door, offering to start a garden for me…I’d be all over it! There is a business idea for teens 🙂

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

Maybe we can set something up for me to come over some year, Colleen! We could definitely get a good kitchen garden going for your recipes.

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Heather Johnson February 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

I need to get my butt in gear with planning my gardens for the spring. Thanks for the great tips for buying seeds and seedlings!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

Can’t wait to hear what you plan to plant, Heather. Good luck!

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Dresden February 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

My son is so into plants and gardening now – so thankful you shared these links!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

My pleasure, Dresden! Hope you find some good seeds for him to plant. Have a good day!

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Nancy@livininthegreen February 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

Thanks for sharing the catalog resources. I have ordered from Cook’s Garden before and enjoyed their seeds. I usually order from Pinetree Seeds because the shipping is very reasonable and they carry heirloom and open pollinated varieties as well. Thanks for hosting this week!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Nancy, does Pinetree offer organic seeds?

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Gina B February 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

I agree with Colleen, I wish I could garden too!! I kill everything. Not enough focus, I think, lol. But I know that homegrown is safer and tastes way better, and saves money…something to think about. Great list of resources!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Have you done container gardening before, Gina? Sometimes keeping it smaller can keep it easier.

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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles February 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

So helpful! I never know where to buy seeds…

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Wegmans carries the High Mowing Seeds and Whole Foods carries some good brands too if you want to grab them locally.

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Barb @ A Life in Balance February 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

So happy you shared these! I’ve been meaning to ask you where you order from.

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

These are the ones that I have liked the best.

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Leah @ Crunchy Farm Baby February 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks for sharing these resources. We’re just getting ready to purchase seeds for the year, so this is perfect timing!!

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Glad that I could help, Leah!

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Laura Broach February 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Thanks for the list! I haven’t purchased from any of these before so what a great resource to have handy 🙂

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

These are a good start. There are always more organic ones that I want to try, but haven’t had a chance yet.

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Tamara @ Silent Springs February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Great list. Joined the linky too with an article on Seed Saving.

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for joining the linky, Tamara!

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Shannon@MishmashMama February 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Have you ever visited http://www.treesofantiquity.com? They sell heirloom seedlings for all kinds of fruit trees, grapevines, and berry bushes. They also have some great suggestions ofr growing in small spaces.

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the recommendation!

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pam February 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

thanks for linking up to Garden Tuesday

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

My pleasure, Pam!

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Micheline @ Holistic Chick February 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Becky, thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier! I’m a new follower via RSS, Twitter & FB 🙂 Great list too, thank you for sharing it…and for hosting!! I posted my link & I’ll certainly be back!

Micheline @ Holistic Chick

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for coming by and subscribing Micheline!

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Suburban Farm Girl February 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Great list! I’ve never heard of Happy Cat Organics. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!

Lynn

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Becky Elmuccio February 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Tim has a great selection of seeds and starts from which to choose.

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Charlie Hendricks March 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I’m trying to convince my hubby to first start a garden and second to try organic. Thank you for the seed selections. I can’t wait to get started this year!

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Becky Elmuccio March 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

These are some good ones to start with for both goals!

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