* seed catalog crazy

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

My parents let me take all the new seed catalogs they got while I was home over Christmas.  On top of that, my mother-in-law gave me a neat catalog from Kitazawa Seed Co, who specializes in Asian veggie seeds.  They are so much fun to look through.  When I got back, I went on kind of a sign up spree and requested catalogs from a bunch of places, mostly recs from area gardening blogs, Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, and the Seattle Tilth Maritime Northwest Garden Guide.

The Territorial Seed Company one is the best of the bunch. They specialize in varieties that will grow well in the Pacific Northwest, and the catalog has a ton of useful cultivation info.

The only one I’ve actually bought something from so far is Artistic Gardens.  They have a PDF catalog for download, but I just went through their (terrible) web site.  They offer lots of tiny sampler packs for 35 cents each!  I’m definitely still in the trying-things-out phase and this is way better than buying big packs I’ll never plant all of.  I spent all of $8.50 (and that includes shipping) and just got my assortment of little packets.  On the down side, the selection isn’t very good and I had to do a lot of cross-checking with the Seattle Tilth Guide and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades to make sure I only ordered varieties that will do ok here.

Next order up is probably some potatoes from Irish Eyes.  I want to build a big compost bin this spring and repurpose the trash can version into a potato bin.

One Response to “seed catalog crazy”

  1. sandy Says:

    i used to order ALL the time from Artistic when it was Le Jardin when we in TN! the shallots were amazing and it was always cheaper..


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