Now that the holidays are firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to spring. And like most gardeners, my favourite way to start planning the 2015 garden is to flip through the growing pile of seed catalogues stacked on top of my desk.
Seed catalogues are an easy way to stay in the loop on what’s new and exciting in veggie, herb, and flower seeds, as well as catch up to the trendiest heirloom or heritage varieties. If you’re new to the seed catalogue game, here are a few tips:
- Many seed companies offer free paper catalogues, but if you’re trying to minimize your paper consumption, most also list their catalogues online. In fact, certain companies, like Renee’s Garden, don’t offer a paper catalogue at all, but rather just maintain a detailed website.
- Ideally, it’s a good idea to order from companies that are located in the same part of the world as your garden. Why? Because they’re more likely to carry seeds and varieties that will do well in your region. In my neck of the woods, there are quite a few quality seed companies, including Halifax Seed, Annapolis Seeds, and Hope Seed.
- Like a kid with a colouring book, I tend to make quite a mess in my seed catalogues. As I peruse the pages, I circle my ‘wants’ with a pen or pencil. Even my kids get in on the action, using different coloured markers so they can make their seed choices. Eventually, I pare my ‘wants’ down to a reasonable (and affordable!) list and place my orders.
- Keep the whole year in mind! For year round veggie gardeners like myself, it can save serious money to order all the seed you will need for your spring, summer, autumn and winter harvests at one time. Look for companies, like Johnny’s Selected Seeds, that offer a very wide selection of seeds for every season.
- If heirlooms are your passion, you won’t want to miss Annapolis Seeds, Heritage Harvest Seed or the famed Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
What are your favourite seed companies?