One of my favorite parts of gardening is thumbing through the gorgeous seed catalogs that arrive each year, deciding what new things we will grow! Between our simple seed organization and storage system (which I will share soon) and the amount of seeds we ordered last year, we really don’t need that many new ones. But of course, we have to order something fresh & fun each year!
One of the difficult decisions is which catalog to order from. This year we had 6 to choose from – Territorial, Pinetree, Johnny’s, Bakers Creek, Seed Savers Exchange and Sand Hill Preservation. There are so many great ones, but because of shipping charges, we try to place an order from only 1 or 2 each year.
Last year we ordered seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, a favorite of ours. The company is located in Iowa, our neighbor to the west which also has a similar growing climate. We have ordered from them a few times over the years and have always been pleased with the results. They offer a wide variety of seeds and have even more available if you become a member.
We also ordered from Bakers Creek for the first time last year. The photography in this catalog is so beautiful. It makes me want to grow every seed, plus cut out pages and hang them on my wall! The prices at Bakers Creek are very reasonable and I appreciate the philanthropy work they do with their seeds. However, Bakers Creek only offers heirloom seeds – no hybrids. Last year we had a lot of problems with disease and pests, so we wanted to try a few resistant hybrids.
This year we decided to order from Pinetree Garden Seeds. We haven’t ordered from this company before, but are impressed by their low prices. I have heard that the quantity of seed in the packets is smaller. Since we don’t need much this year, we don’t really want big packets anyway! They offer both hybrid and heirlooms, so we are able to get a mix of everything we need, plus a few extras that we are excited about!