While you are snowbound and knees knocking from the cold it is now time to enjoy some very fine seed catalogs to fill in what did not sprout in last series article # II test. Maybe these will warm you up a bit as you think of warm weather for growing food.
Although many garden catalogs may offer herb seed, nothing beats our friends at www.Horizonherbs.com My seed sprouting test saved me some more money so I am now ready with more experimental seeds this year, I enjoyed Richo’s latest book: “The Medicinal Herb Grower”. I am sure you will too.
The management of Jung Seeds and Plants, http://www.jungseed.com/ has really upgraded their stock inventory this year.
Henry Fields, an old time leader has some nice potato selections. Visit at www.HenryFields.com
The classic seed company I always peruse first is: Territorial Seed Company. Check out the Italian Dandelion. www.territorialseed.com
Nichols Garden Nursery, famed organics and OP seeds/herbs is celebrating their 60th birthday. Try www.nicholsgardennursery.com
One of the most extensive seed producers is J.L.Hudson Seedsman. Check out the old time pole beans. My order awaits. http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/
The premier Hybrid Seed Company with sealed seed packs and consistent reliability: Park Seeds Co. Try: www.parkseed.com
“Protecting the generic diversity of rare endangered seeds since 1975”: Abundant Life Seeds. www.abundantlifeseeds.com
Probably the biggest “magazine size” catalog on the market with old time style and quality seeds is: R.H.Shumway’s. Visit them at www.rhshumway.com
The absolute Queen’s best from England is: Thompson and Morgan since 1855. Try: www.tmseeds.com
One of my big favorites is Seeds of Change and they are growing. www.seedsofchange.com
It does pay to shop around and compare prices as many growers depend upon specialized growers that they cannot raise themselves. This is particular in the tree business, which is my current project.
Raintree Nurseries really has some interesting and specialized green house trees. www.raintreenursery.com
Burgess Seed and Plant Co, not only has reliable seed but good trees. Phone 1-309-662-7761.
Miller Nurseries is top on my list for reliability is nothing grows and you want a refund-but their trees grow. www.millernurseries.com
Once you start the catalogs you will remain on their list for years, and they will share your name. Eventually you will become like me, so piled with catalogs you will not have much time for other things. Catalogs are addictive. Compare prices. Save Money.
There exist hundreds of other catalogs, some from just small independents like Vernon Barnes and Son Nursery. PO Box 250-S, McMinnville, TNN. 37111. If you contact the local extension offices and the Universities you may develop more leads on small, sometimes very small-specialized growers.
Good luck reading and planning.
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