It has been so warm this winter, with the exception of a few
days last week, that I have not been able to engage in one of my favorite winter
activities: reading seed catalogs while I sit by the fire. I have still read them, of course, but without
a fire, something seems to be missing. While
I enjoy the fire, I organize the seed I have left from last year, and I decide
which varieties I will order for the garden this year. Packages of seeds cost a few dollars, and it
is easy to experiment with many different varieties of plants to figure out
which ones are happiest in your garden.
Two years ago, I ordered some fruit trees and bushes from
Stark Brothers' Nursery (www.starkbros.com or
1.800.325.4180) and I am pleased with their products and service. As soon as I get my soil ready, I will order
some more fruit trees so I can expand my orchard.
I do not think I have room to cram in any more perennials
now, but perennials from Bluestone Perennials, (www.bluestoneperennials.com or
1.800.852.5243) fill my garden. They no longer sell perennials in three-packs; instead,
they sell one larger plant for a lower price than the three packs. The catalog gives cultural information on nearly
any perennial commonly grown in the US.
I have not ever actually ordered anything from White Flower
Farm, www.whiteflowerfarm.com or
1.800.503.9624, but their catalog has unusual and beautiful plants. I found out about them from a Martha Stewart
book years ago, and they appear to be a good, although expensive, nursery.
Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (www.GrowOrganic.com or 1.888.784.1722), is
a California company with nearly every gardening/farming item imaginable. Peaceful Valley’s catalog is good for
information, obscure organic pest control products, and season-extension
For seeds, I order from Seed Savers Exchange, (www.seedsaversexchange.org or (562)
382.5990), a nonprofit organization from Iowa which sells exclusively heirloom
seeds and John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds (www.kitchengardenseeds.com or
(860) 567.6086), a catalog that is a work of art and provides detailed planting
and culinary information.
The only truly local seed supplier is Heavenly Seed LLC (www.heavenlyseed.net or 864.209.8283) out
of Anderson. It provides the least
glamorous catalog but the most generous amounts of seed for the money; I buy
most of my seeds from Heavenly Seed.
Johnny’s Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com
gives good cultural information for gardeners, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds,
(417.924.8917 or www.rareseeds.com, has
one of the largest collections of heirloom seeds around. Pinetree Garden Seeds (207.926.3400 or www.superseeds.com) sells small,
inexpensive packets of seeds that are useful for small gardens or for trying
out many varieties of seeds.
Labels: Bluestone Perennials, Heavenly Seed, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, Seed Savers Exchange, Stark Brothers Nursery