NEW: Catalogs, catalogs, catalogs... A New 'Swap'

dan_the_mailmanDecember 13, 2009

It's THAT time of year again, and no, I don't mean anything to do with the holidays. I mean that it's time to start perusing and choosing amongst the seed catalogs, dreaming and planning the PERFECT garden for 2010! And so, I've had an idea for what may turn out to be the easiest "swap" we've ever had! LOL! No deadlines, no sign-ups, no visits to the local post office to mail out a box or two, and no delivery confirmation numbers. What I thought we could do is post a listing of our favorite catalogs, and why we like them. Then, read the lists other people have posted, go to the website, and request a catalog. How easy could that be?

For example... My favorite seed companies are Burpee, Thompson & Morgan, and Jungs. I like Burpee because of their quality of service, the viability of their seeds, and the great illustrations in their catalog. The same goes for Thompson & Morgan. As for Jungs, I like to get my fruit trees and vines from them because I know they're going to coming from good stock.

The websites for my faves are...

www.burpee.com

www.tmseeds.com

www.jungseed.com

Now, if you'd like to try one, or all three of these companies, you can go to their website and either order online, or request a catalog from them.

And, that's all there is to this swap, which leads me to my next question, what seed catalogs do you prefer???

Peace.

-Dan

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lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)

you got me anyways, didn't you Dan?..LOL...let me look some up when I get back later on...

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 10:27AM
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lgslgs(z6 SE ohio)

Hudson seed company: http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/
Broad range of all sorts of seed, including a lot of rare things that need preservation.

Kitazawa seed company: http://www.kitazawaseed.com/
Asian vegetable, big seed packs, fast shipping. Has stuff you won't find anywhere else.

Sandhill Preservation: http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/
Heirloom varieties of many types of veg. Limited selection of flowers but the ones they have are really nice. The zinnia mix is stunning. Great place to order a nice selection of heirloom tomatoes & squash. Gourds from them are great too.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: http://www.southernexposure.com/index.html
Look here for less common corn and bean types.

Johnny's: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/default.aspx
Johnny's is great for seed and garden tools. One thing I've found is if they describe a particular variety as recommended by them, it is always the best variety of that vegetable that you've ever eaten. Don't miss the Diva cucumbers and the Costata Romanesco squash from them.

Swallowtail seeds: http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/
No printed catalog but a broad variety, often with bigger seed packs and better prices than others. The bulk section is also worth looking at if you are thinking about big plantings of something special.

Schreiner's Iris Gardens: http://www.schreinersgardens.com/
The full catalog costs $5.00 or comes free with purchase, but they also have a free mini catalog. Mini catalog will still give you plenty of hours worth of drooling over gorgeous irises!

Lynda

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 10:53AM
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dorisl(5)

D. Landreth Seed Company, because I LOVE the ivory paper and the artwork and the design of the catalog. Its way to good to cut up for seed envy's.

spose I should buy something from them this year, eh?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 2:36PM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

My favorites are the following:
Prairie Moon Nursery-good selection of native plants and seeds, high seed count for the price, fast shipping.
Gardens North-Great selection of unusual and hard to find seeds, reasonable shipping.
SunnerHill Seeds-nice selection of unusual seeds with good prices and fast shipping.
Swallowtail Seeds-Large selection of annuals and perennials, reasonable shipping and fast delivery.
Dianes-great selection, fast shipping, reasonable prices.

Rhonda

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 2:52PM
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dan_the_mailman

I've been checking out some of those catalogs and ordering them, how 'bout the rest of you?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 9:29PM
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dirt_under_my_nails

Two of my favorites :

Stark Bros.~ The ONLY place the my Dad & great uncle would order fruit trees from!!!Can still remember the taste of the Methley plums!! starkbros.com

Totally Tomatoes ~This one makes me wanna grab the salt shaker & start licking the pages!!!I've always been VERY pleased with the seeds I've purchased from them. totallytomato.com

later...April

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 7:25AM
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Iris Hendry

Hi everybody ! Great idea Dan !! I love catalogs, I drool over them all winter as I wait for winter to end and planting to begin ! Some of my favorite catalogs that haven't been mentioned yet are :

www.tomatogrowers.com
this catalog has a great selection of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes , peppers and eggplant seeds .

www.rareseeds.com
this is the Baker Creek Heirloom seed catalog that has the most awesome photographs ! Every page will make you DROOL !

www.superseeds.com
this company has a wide variety of seeds, spices, garden products, books and soap making supplies

www.seedsavers.org
A great organization and a great catalog full of heirlooms !

Hope winter goes by fast !

~Iris

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 8:56PM
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jaynine

In addition to JL Hudson, Seedsman (a personal favorite) mentioned above, I have ordered from many others, including:
Heirloom Acres-www.heirloomacresseeds.com
Secret Seeds-www.secretseeds.com
Value Seeds-www.valueseeds.com-T&M's "outlet" store
GeoSeed-www.geoseed.com
Thyme Garden-www.thymegarden.com
Horizon Herbs-www.horizonherbs.com
Richters-www.richters.com
Cates Family Glads-cates-family-glads.org
Brecks-www.brecks.com
And, finally, my friends & neighbors at Select Seeds-www.selectseeds.com

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 9:54PM
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just1morehosta(5)

Hi guys,
Well, first of all, thanks Dan for this posting, it is very informative,i am alwasy looking for a new seed source.
I have ordered from:
T.M. love them
SouthernExposure,saving the past for the future,i like these guys a lot.
Pinetree.
And Johnny's selected seed.
Oh ya, and Parks, they have a small selection of Organic seed,which i do try to buy if i can.
I know there are a couple more, but my mind is on vacation today,ha ha
cAROL

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 3:50PM
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dan_the_mailman

My order from T&M is on its way! Yahoo!!! ***doing happy dance***

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 9:17PM
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just1morehosta(5)

Holding your hand Dan, so is mine,ha ha
What is the name of this song,it has a great beat.By the way, you really are a good dancer,
cAROL

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 11:33PM
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dirtdaddy(5)

T&M one of my favorite cats., as is Baker's Creek, don't have an order together yet..so heres a couple others.
Seed Savers Exchange
www.seedsavers.org
Heirloom pepper and tomatoe seed, and the local health food store has a seed rack, so I don't have to mail order!

Totally Tomatoes
www.totallytomatoe.com
Lots of tomatoes and pepper seed. Seed has always preformed resonable well. Always get one order off to them.

Plants of the Southwest
www.plantsofthesouthwest.com
I order for the flower and chile pepper seed. Dont have a new 2010 catolog yet.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 7:20AM
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veeja11(z7Wa)

okay my fav is chippendales, whoops maybe that is a calendar not a catalogue, oh well its my favorite anyways

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 8:21PM
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dan_the_mailman

tsk, tsk, tsk.... lol

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 7:30PM
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smitties

This is a great post. I think you all must have any catalog available listed. :) I am ordering any I don't already get.

I have only ordered from T and M and Valueseeds. I really don't ever need the seeds I order but they tempt me.

Thanks for the help getting me through what is about to be a very long winter.

Margo

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 8:33PM
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ggwrn(7NC)

A company that I have ordered from a couple times and really like is 2B seeds. They don't have a print catalog, only online

Here is a link that might be useful: 2B seeds

    Bookmark   December 18, 2009 at 3:35PM
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esiuol(z5/6-PA)

Dan,
This is such a cool idea!

I love, love, love Plant World Seeds (http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/) The company is in the UK and they ship to the US. Great selection of unusual seeds.

Louise

    Bookmark   December 18, 2009 at 7:21PM
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dorisl(5)

I Love this swap Idea Dan!

Its a win-win for all of us. We get catalogs and you get to drum up biz for the boss!

:)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 10:11AM
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lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)

I"m going to recopy all of these so I have them..."hitting copy button and sticking them on a word perfect sheet"

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 2:08PM
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Melinda Hagen

I use many of the above, but I also order from Alplains.
They have seeds of uncommon and traditional varieties for the gardener. Alpine type plants. Great for rock gardens.
www.Alplains.com
They have over 100 varieties of Penstemons! Of course, it tells you which are for your zone!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 5:45PM
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Iris Hendry

Good Morning everyone ! One of the best things about being snowed in is I have some time to surf GW and request all the great catalogs listed here ! hee hee !

I don't think I saw it listed but one catalog I discovered recently when a fellow gardenwebber mentioned it on her wish list ....

www.cooksgarden.com

I already sent off for a copy , can't wait to get it so I can add to my own wish list !

Hope everyone is keeping warm this weekend ... we got 15 inches of snow since Fri night !

~Iris

    Bookmark   December 20, 2009 at 10:53AM
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conniesc(5)

I stumbled across this site and of course found things I must have :) Has anyone ever ordered from them? Was it a good experience? thanks all

http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 1:09PM
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Kathy Bull

I'm loving this swap, Dan! So many more sites to explore that I had never heard of. I will definitely have to make a spreadsheet and check them all out. I've already ordered a few catalogs from the ones listed near the top of the thread.

One of my favorite sites is Wildseed Farms. It is supposed to be the largest wildflower farm in the US.

Stay warm everyone!

Here is a link that might be useful: Wildseed Farms

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 10:01PM
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canyonwind(9)

I love Dianes seeds (already mentioned above) and Select Seeds (already mentioned above).....Some great suggestions here for some other places to do some seed shopping...thanks! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annie

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 10:16PM
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dan_the_mailman

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 6:37AM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

I also like Diane's seeds, Swallowtale and Jung. Here are some other plant or seed companies I like.

High Country Gardens - They send good sized plants for the price, and offer lots of hummingbird plants that I can't find anywhere else.

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/

White Flower Farm - Might be a little expensive, but the catalogs are drool-worthy, and they are often the first to offer a new shrub that I can't find anywhere else.

http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/index.html

Brushwood Nursery - Good source for clematis or other climbing flowering plant.

http://www.gardenvines.com/shop/

Sample Seed Shop - Just found this company recently, has a good selection of unusual tomatoes and also flower garden seeds, most for a dollar.

http://sampleseeds.com/

Lois in PA

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 6:50PM
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zabecc

I just ordered about 10 catalogs, thanks everyone!!!

Don't forget Ed Hume Seeds, online catalog only.

http://store.valueweb.com/servlet/humeseeds/StoreFront

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 10:53AM
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zabecc

Oh, and has anyone said Victory Seeds yet?
Also, only an online catalog.

http://www.victoryseeds.com/

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 10:57AM
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zabecc

Last post, I promise... I just keeping thinking of more places :)

Reimer Seeds
http://www.reimerseeds.com/

New England Seed Company (one of my favorites!!!)
http://www.neseed.com/

Botanical Interests
http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/shop.php

Sustainable Seed Company ( 99 cent heirlooms!!!)
www.sustainableseedco.com

Gourmet Seed International
www.gourmetseed.com

Yankee Gardener
http://www.yankeegardener.com/seeds.html

Seedman
http://www.seedman.com/

Heirloom Organics (outstanding growing guides, online catalog only)
http://www.heirloom-organics.com/

Orchard House Heirlooms (good prices, online catalog only)
http://orchardhouseheirlooms.com/

Outside Pride (online catalog only)
http://www.outsidepride.com/

Container Seeds (good prices for container seed plants, online catalog only)

Here's hoping everyone has bountiful harvests in 2010!
http://www.containerseeds.com/

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 11:33AM
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jaynine

I have one to add, also.

www.seedforsecurity.com

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 1:24PM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

Thanks for this great swap. I've spent way too much ordering catalogs and looking through online catalogs, not to mention ordering from one! LOL

I did find one that I fell in love with that wasn't mentioned yet, too. It's online only really, although they offer several catalogs of companies they represent. It's:

www.DirectGardening.com

They have great 1 cent sales where you buy one at their already low prices and get more for just a penny. I found a ton of good deals, both flowers and veggies, but by far my favorite was their great prices on fruit plants!

My disclaimer: I have never ordered from them before, so I can't say how good the company is or anything. ;-)

Blessings,
Angela

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 12:42AM
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cherone7(Zone 8 - Central MS)

WOW! That's a lot of seed sites!

MY favorite is https://www.artisticgardens.com/catalog/

They have sample seeds for $.35. Great for trying out new varieties and for folks like me (BEFORE GW) who didn't need a whole lot of seeds.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 6:13PM
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sandysgardens

I don't think I can think of any that aren't already listed. I'm in trouble now, I know I will be spending way to much time looking these all up. I've copied all the sites to a word document for future reference too.

Thanks Dan for starting this Catalogs Swap.

Sandy

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 9:49PM
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aphroditelaughs(Puget Sound)

Just wanted to share a good resource for checking out mail order companies. www.gardenwatchdog.com. People can go there and rate companies they have dealt with. Reading these reviews has surely saved me money and heartache when thinking of ordering from a company that seems too good to be true!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 8:11PM
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nullzero(9)

Johnny Seeds I highly recommend.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 1:08AM
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ozarkgirl(6-7)

Park seeds, may be a duplicate but they have a great abduance of seeds.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 8:30PM
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greenthumbgrow(7 - MD)

Well mine has already been listed. I like burpees and parks

Dan - So... how have you been? and how is your black pussy willows doing?

Great to 'see' you all again. I have been offline for the past 2-3 months.

Tammy

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 9:38AM
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Kathy Bull

I received the D. Landreth Seed Company catalog today. WOW! dorisl is right, it is a beautiful catalog. The ivory paper and old style illustrations are just the start. In the center of the catalog are photos of the vegies/flowers! I am so impressed! Can't believe you can get this for free! Thanks for the recommendation, dorisl!

~Kathy

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 9:03PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Hi all! I was found this site:

About Iris Farm on the web and was wondering if anyone has ordered from before. There are no pics and he has a large amount of heirloom iris for very reasonable prices. Want to do an order but don't want to get burned.

www.aboutirisfarm.net

thanks!
vina

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 4:52PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

okay! hit the submit button too fast (again))

It should read that I just found this site...sorry :0)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 4:53PM
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hibiscusfan zone5-Northwest Ohio(5 northwest Ohio)

Has anybody ordered from hardyseeds.com and if so what is your opinion?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2010 at 3:44PM
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jaynine

if you mean hardyplants.com, they have great stuff, but they're slow & their customer service is nonexistent. placed my order 1/20, it was charged 1/21 & i got an email 2/24 saying my order was shipped. i sent 4 emails in between 1/20 & 2/24 asking for order status--they were all ignored. i haven't gotten my order yet so can't comment on seed counts or quality. it doesn't matter, anyway. i won't order from them again.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2010 at 8:53PM
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sharon5840(z6b Southeast MO)

I loved finding this swap. I'm filing this for an I can't get outside week. Too much to check out in a day. I don't think I saw this one though.

TGN's Pumpkin Nook, sells Ferry Morse and Lilly Miller seed and Jiffy supplies along with other items. Not just pumpkins as the name would imply.

This is only an internet site but you can mail or call in your orders. They have excellent prices. Their seeds are less than what I would have to pay at a local store. They don't offer a huge selection but they do have organics and heirlooms. Another plus is Ferry Morse seeds are guaranteed to grow. You have to check out the Ferry Morse site to read that. Shipping on seeds is a flat rate of $2.79 per order. Less than a gallon of gas in most places. Other items ship at a different rate. I've always had excellent service as well.

Thanks Dan, you are the Man. I mean mailman.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 3:53PM
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kmpsmom

I love JL Hudson seeds - unbelievably fast shipping and they have varieties that are not just the "common" ones. Not like I need any more seeds - especially when there's Diane's Seeds online and T's Seeds and things to provide me with more temptation.

My driveway is definitely a testimony to my inability to stay away from ordering more seeds...all that WSing.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 7:01PM
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conniesc(5)

Jaynine, sorry your experience with hardyplsnts.com was bad. Mine was good. I received mine in a timely fashion and I was very happy with the seed count. much more so then parkseeds which I am absolutely done with.

the seeds are sprouting as well!!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 7:55PM
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kmpsmom

I love JL Hudson seeds - unbelievably fast shipping and they have varieties that are not just the "common" ones. Not like I need any more seeds - especially when there's Diane's Seeds online and T's Seeds and things to provide me with more temptation.

My driveway is definitely a testimony to my inability to stay away from ordering more seeds...all that WSing.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 8:33PM
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redchigh_guppy

I like Red Rock Nursery.

They're seeds are "common" I suppose, but super cheap...
1.30 a pack with free shipping and no minimum order.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 3:10PM
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lindamarie

I am surprised no one has mentioned Seeds Of Change
Their seeds have great germination and vigor

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 3:45PM
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redchigh_guppy

Oh, red rock has wonderful germination rate and good customer support too.

I always start more seeds than I need so I can plant the best-
Now I have 30 tomato plants with room for 14. :/

Time to buy some containers! :)

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 11:49AM
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