Vegetable Seed Catalogs
Listed below are firms offering general garden seed catalogs, including some specialized firms that offer vegetable seeds as well as their specialties. (In subsequent chapters' entries about various vegetables and other plants, these firms are simply mentioned by name; you can get the address from this section.) Sometimes I mention if the catalog is black and white ("b/w") or color. Personally I prefer the b/w folks because they're doing the environmentally wiser, less-leaded option. I wish I had enough space to tell you everything about the special, interesting offerings and bargains of each particular source; instead I've listed highlights for most of them.
In addition to the following list, there are 2 other sizable plant catalog lists in this book: the fruit and berry nursery list in Chapter 6 and the herb specialty businesses listed in Chapter 5. Some other specialty nurseries are listed with the entry for the relevant food—for instance, rosariums are listed in the rose section in Chapter 5.
Arctic, Canadian, Northland Specialists
Try these Down South to beat the bugs! Check out www.ptialaska.net/~pbabcock/patch/ for garden info from Fairbanks, Alaska!
Alberta Nurseries & Seeds Ltd. specializes in garden seed for areas with a short growing season. Exports only garden seed; bulbs and plants are available only in Canada. Catalog free in Canada; $2 to U.S. and other countries: retail 403-224-3545; wholesale 403-2243546; Bowden, ALB TOM 0K0, CANADA; [email protected]; www.gardenersweb.com. Allen, Sterling & Lothrop specializes in seeds adapted to the climate of northern New England. Catalog $1 (refunded with order): 207-781-4142; 191 U.S. Rt. 1, Falmouth, ME 04105. Comstock, Ferre & Co. sells dependable New England varieties (since 1820) of vegetables and herbs. Big b/w catalog, $3 (refunded with order). Inquire for bulk/wholesale prices; 860-571-6590, 263 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 09109, www.comstockferre.com. William Dam Seeds specializes in short-season vegetable varieties from foreign countries. Conscientiously organic, all seeds untreated. Catalog $1; 905-6286641; fax 416-627-1729, Box 8400, Dundas, ON L9H 6M1, CANADA; [email protected]; www. damseeds.com.
Gardenimport offers a 2-yr subscription (4 issues/yr) to their full-color 60-pg catalog for $4; 905-731-1950; fax 905-881-3499, PO Box 760, Thornhill, ON L3T 4A5, CANADA.
Good Seed Co. is dedicated to encouraging genetic diversity in home gardens by selling open-pollinated, heirloom, and homestead seeds adapted for the northern garden. Complete catalog online, or send for a seed list: 195 Bolster Rd„ Oroville, WA 98844; 509-4861047; [email protected]; www.goodseed.net.
High Altitude Gardens specializes in high-altitude hardy veggies, including Spartan sweet corn; 180 varieties of open-pollinated, untreated seeds. Catalog $2. 208788-4363; fax 208-788-3452, 4150-B Black Oak Dr, Hailey, ID 83333-8447; www.seedstrust.com.
Johnny's Selected Seeds carries a wide selection (700+) of vegetable seeds, culinary, medicinal, and aromatic herb seeds, plus gardening tools, garden supplies, etc. They specialize in cool-season vegetables that do well in Albion. They also sell seeds in bulk: 207-437-4301; fax 800-437-4290; Foss Hill Rd, RR 1, Box 2580, Albion, ME 04910-9731; [email protected], www. johnnyseeds.com.
Rawlinson Garden Seed, 1979 Rte. 2 Hwy., Sheffield NB E3A 8H9, CANADA; 506-446-3882; fax 506-3572256; [email protected]. Specializes in untreated, short-season vegetables and herbs. Modest catalog free in Canada, $1 to U.S. (refunded with order).
Salt Spring Seeds offers amaranth, tampala, quinoa, various wheats, runner beans, hull-less barley, hull-less oats, etc., all grown organically: 250-537-5269; Box 444, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2W1, CANADA; www.saltspringseeds.com.
Stokes Seeds gives a 96-pg, 8V2 x 11 in. color catalog— half veggies, half flowers; 800-263-7233, fax 888-8343334. The Canadian company serves U.S. customers from PO Box 548, Buffalo, NY 14240-0548, Canadians write 39 James St., Box 10, St. Catharines, ON L2R 6R6, CANADA, [email protected], www. stekeseeds.com.
Vesey's Seeds, Ltd.: Free catalog. 902-368-7333; fax 902566-1620; York, Prince Edward Island COA IPO, CANADA; www.veseys.com. Tropical/Subtropical
(The) Banana Tree is a worldwide subtropical and tropical seed and bulb specialist. They grow everything that they offer on their tropical farms, including a big selection of bananas, and ship worldwide. Everything comes with brief growing instructions. Catalog on Internet: 610-253-9589; fax 610-253-4864; 715 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042; [email protected]; www.banana-tree.com.
Digger's Mail Order specializes in Australian varieties, carries tree tomato: 03-5987-1877; fax 03-59814298105; Latrobe Parade, Dromana, 3936, AUSTRALIA.
Eden Organic Nursery Services offers open-pollinated and hybrid seeds for peppers, organic tobacco, medicinal/healing plants, vegetables, vines, tropical plants, and organic gardening supplies: 954-455-0229; fax 954-458-5976; PO Box 4604, Hallandale, FL 33008; [email protected]; www.eonseed.com/.
Native Seeds/SEARCH offers heirloom vegetable seeds of the desert and mountain Southwest, great chile collection, multicolored popcorn, great sorghum assortment including cotton and desert foods for diabetes control. B/w catalog $1: Southern Arizona Gourd Ass'n do Kasin Hunter, 520-746-1563; PO Box 26037, Tucson, AZ 85726; [email protected]; www.nativeseeds.org.
Park Seed Co. offers a color 8V2 x 11 in. catalog of seeds/plants for folks in the Southeast U.S. or California: 800-845-3369; fax 864-941-4206; 1 Parkton Ave.; PO Box 46, Greenwood, SC 29647; [email protected] com; www.parkseed.com.
Phoenix Seeds offers common and unusual vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, plus trees; catalog: 036267-9663; PO Box 207, SNUG 7054, AUSTRALIA.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers 550+ varieties of open-pollinated, heirloom seeds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, plus seed-saving and growing supplies. The $2 catalog includes growing info; after you order, the catalog is free. They encourage you to save seed from endangered species: 540-894-9480; fax 540894-9481; PO Box 460, Mineral, VA 23117; [email protected]; www.southern exposure.com. Online forum for discussing gardening, farming, organics, seeds, seed saving, etc.
Bulk Seed Purchases: You may buy bulk seeds at discount from Abundant Life Seed Foundation, Evergreen Y.H.
Enterprises, Johnny's Selected Seeds, R.H. Shumway's,
Seeds of Change, etc. (listed above and below).
Twilley Seed Co. supplies bulk seeds (mostly hybrid vegetables) for roadside, u-pick, and truck gardeners. Free 90-pg color catalog. Ornamental corn seed (blue, pink, red, Indian): 800-622-7333; fax 864-227-5108; PO Box 4000, Hodges, SC 29653-4000; www.twilley seed.com.
Open-Pollinated/Heirloom & Organic Seeds
Abundant Life Seed Foundation is a nonprofit that specializes in untreated, open-pollinated, and rare/endangered species; offers seed screens, quinoa, amaranth, heirloom corn, flax, Egyptian onions, orach, etc. Order the catalog and join a community of brave idealists pursuing organic, biodynamic, sustainable agriculture. Projects include World Seed Fund (open-pollinated seeds for poor farmers), building a new dorm for apprentices, finding more gardeners for their Seed Growers Network, and training residential students who work with master gardeners in seed production. B/w catalog $2. A $20 membership gets you their newsletter, and your money is donated to the project of your choice. Will sell seeds in bulk: 360-385-5660; fax 360385-7455; PO Box 772, Port Townsend, WA 98368; [email protected]; www.abundantlifeseed.org.
Bountiful Gardens specializes in organic gardening supplies, nonhybrid seeds, and garden grains (wheat, oats, barley). Good selection of books on organic gardening and food self-sufficiency with a small garden. Free catalog; garden workshops, internships: 707-4596410; fax 707-459-1925; 18001 Shafer Ranch Rd., Willits, CA 95490-9626; [email protected], www. bountifulgardens.org.
Fedco is a grower co-op that offers a good variety of their own grown untreated hybrid and open-pollinated seeds and supplies for the organic grower: 207-8737333; fax 207-872-8317; PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903; www.fedcoseeds.com.
Heirloom Seeds offers herb and vegetable seed (all nonhybrid, no chemical treatments or genetically engineered; certified organic), plus books, insect control products, and gardening supplies: catalog $1; Box 245, W Elizabeth, PA 15088-0245; phone/fax 412-3840852; [email protected]; www.heirloom seeds.com.
Redwood City Seed sells no hybrids or genetically modified seeds, just 280 great heirloom vegetables and herbs. Earth-loving, organic-principled folks; emphasis on seeds for home food growers. Small-print, packed, free b/w catalog; PO Box 361, Redwood City, CA 94064; 650-325-7333; www.ecoseeds.com.
Seed Savers Exchange offers a 40-pg color catalog of heirloom vegetables, all open-pollinated. A truly unique selection of outstanding vegetables, flowers, and herbs: 297 varieties produced by networking home gardeners. Free catalog: 3076 N. Winn Rd., Decorah, IA 52101; [email protected]; www.seedsavers.com.
Seeds of Change: 51-pg color catalog of heirloom seeds, all certified organic and open-pollinated: good herb collection, amaranth, runner bean, echinacea. Dedicated to preserving biodiversity. Option to buy seeds in bulk; seed saver training: PO Box 15700, 3205 Richards Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87506-5700; 888-762-7333; fax 888-329-4762; [email protected] change.com; www.seedsofchange.com.
Select Seeds specializes in antique flowers. Free catalog: 180 Stickney Hill Rd., Union, CT 06076; 860-6849310; fax 800-653-3304; [email protected]; www. selectseeds. com.
Sow Organic Seeds offers organic herb, vegetable, and flower seeds. Their website has info on saving seeds and a free, printable online catalog: 888-709-7333; 1573 Wilson Ct., Eugene, OR 97402; www.organic seed.com.
Talavaya Seeds is a nonprofit that collects and preserves open-pollinated Indian food crops. Catalog $1. "Talavaya is a Hopi word for the time of day just before dawn, when the farmer goes to his fields and the Great Spirit receives his prayers": PO Box 50, Caballo, NM 87931-0050.
Victory Seed Company is working to preserve open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties for home gardeners. No unstable modern hybrids or genetically modified seeds. All seed chemically untreated and many are organically grown or from certified organic growers. Catalog $2 (refunded with order). 503-829-3126; PO Box 192, Molalla, OR 97038; [email protected]; www.VictorySeeds.com.
Specialty Seed Catalogs
(The) Cook's Garden specializes in European vegetables and herbs for gourmet cuisine: arugula, celery root, chicories, plus glass canning jars with old-fashioned rubber rings from Germany. Organic emphasis; "largest selection of lettuce and salad greens in the world." You are invited to tour their gardens in Burlington, VT. Catalog $1: 800-457-9703; fax 800-457-9705; PO Box 535, Londonderry, VT 05148; or Box 5010, Hodges, SC 29653-5010; [email protected]; www.cooks garden.com.
Dutch Gardens offers a catalog/website with flower bulbs and plants shipped direct from Holland: 144 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401; 800-944-2250; www. dutchgardens.com.
Evergreen Y.H. Enterprises sells hybrid or nonhybrid Oriental vegetable seeds; small packets or bulk. Books on Oriental cuisine: PO Box 17538, Anaheim, CA 92817; [email protected]; www.evergreenseeds.com.
Howard Dill Enterprises sells seed for "world's largest" and "smallest" pumpkins and squash, and many other pumpkin, squash, and gourd varieties: 902-798-2728; fax 902-7980842; RR 1, 400 College Rd., Windsor, Nova Scotia BON 2T0, CANADA; www.howard dill.com.
J. L. Hudson, Seedsman, specializes in heirloom vegetables and Zapotec Indian seeds, and sponsors a seed exchange. Catalog $1. No phone: Star Rte. 2, Box 337, La Honda, CA 94020; www.JLHudsonseeds.net.
Kitazawa Seed Co. specializes in Japanese and other Asian vegetable seeds. Interesting, free price list for wholesale, mail-order, or bulk buyers: 510-595-1188; fax 510-595-1860; PO Box 13220, Oakland, CA 946613220; [email protected]; kitazawaseed.com.
Le Jardin du Gourmet specializes in French vegetables and herbs, beans, peas, seeds from France, leeks, garlic, and rocambole. Catalog and 4 sample packets of herb seeds and recipes cost $1: 802-748-1446; PO Box 751, St. Johnsbury Center, VT 05863; www. ArtisticGardens.com.
Nichols Garden Nursery specializes in rare seeds and varieties for short- and variable-season areas and the Pacific Northwest. Good herb section, plus a potpourri of gardening supplies, tea bags to make your own herb tea blends, potpourri kit, corks/corkers, etc. Free 70-pg b/w and color catalog: 1190 N. Pacific Hwy., Albany, OR 97321; 541-928-9280; fax 800-231-5306; [email protected].; www. gardennursery.com.
Shepherd's Garden Seeds sells gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs, and garden supplies. Call 800-482-8915 for garden advice and info on The Gardener's Magazine. They also have a marvelous demonstration garden, White Flower Farm. It's on Rt. 63 south of the center of Litchfield, CT; 30 Irene St., Torrington, CT 06790; 800-503-9624; 860-496-9624; fax 860-482-0532; 6116 Hwy. 9, Felton, CA 95018; www. whiteflowerfarm.com.
Vermont Bean Seed Co. offers a free 90-pg color catalog. Specialty in antique and gourmet vegetables: 803-6630217; fax 888-500-7333; Garden Lane, Fair Haven, VT 05763; www.vermontbean.com.
Willhite Seed Company specializes in melons. Free 60-pg color catalog: 817-599-8656; PO Box 23, Poolville, TX 76487; www.willhiteseed.com. General Seed Catalogs
Burgess Seed & Plant Co. has a basic selection of fruits and vegetables; 48-pg color catalog: 905 Four Seasons Rd., Bloomington, IL 61701; 309-663-9551.
W. Atlee Burpee Co. has some of everything in their free 123-pg color catalog: 800-888-1447; fax 800-4875530; 300 Park Ave., Warminster, PA 18974; www.burpee.com.
D. V. Burrell Seed Growers Co. sells vegetable and herb seed, including gourds and lots of open-pollinated varieties; also, chemicals, books, and tools; free 98-pg catalog: PO Box 150, Rocky Ford, CO 81067; 719254-3318; fax 719-254-3319.
Crosman Seed Co. has served the home gardener for more than 160 years with flower, vegetable, promotion seed packets, and grass seed. Free packet listing: 800-4467333; fax 585-586-6093; PO Box 110, East Rochester, NY 14445; www.crosmanseed.com.
Gourmet Gardener, 8650 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210; 913-345-0490. Herb, vegetable, and flower seeds from around the world. Catalog $2.
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. offers a basic selection of seeds, trees, plus gardener's supplies. Free color catalogs—spring and fall: 812-539-2499; fax 812-5379059; 812-539-2502; www.gurneys.com. Same outfit ("Gardens Alive!") now owns Gurney's, Henry Field's, Spring Hill Nurseries, Michigan Bulb Co., and Breck's. They're basically "jobber"—meaning they don't grow their own, but buy from other growers and resell.
Harris Seeds offers a free 80-pg catalog of seeds and seed-starting supplies: 800-514-4441; fax 877-892-9197; 355 Paul Rd., PO Box 24966, Rochester, NY 146240966; [email protected]; www.harris seeds.com.
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Co. sells vegetables and fruit in their free colorful 88-pg spring and fall catalogs: 415 N. Burnett, Shenandoah, IA 51602; fax 800357-4149; orders 800-235-0845; service 800-7987842; www.henryfields.com.
Ed Hume Seeds specializes in basic vegetable seeds suited to cool summers in the Pacific Northwest. Catalog $1: PO Box 1450, Kent, WA 98035; [email protected] aol.com.
J. W. Jung Seed has a complete selection of vegetables, fruit, and nursery stock, but summer/fall catalog is almost all flowers: 800-247-5864; 800-297-3123; fax 800-692-5864; 335 S. High St., Randolph, WI 53957; [email protected]; www.jungseed.com.
Mellinger's offers garden supplies and a free 8V2 x 11-in. seed and garden supply catalog with more than 4,000 items! Seeds, trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, plus all the supplies to make them grow including greenhouses: PO Box 157, N. Lima, OH 44452; 800-3217444; fax 330-549-3716; [email protected]; www.mellingers.com.
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply sells bulk vegetable seeds, cover crops, garden supplies, etc.: PO Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 888-784-1722; fax 530-272-4792; www.groworganic.com.
Pinetree Garden Seeds offers a free large catalog of seeds (also kitchen gadgets, garden aids, books): 207-9263400; fax 888-52-SEEDS; Box 300, 616A Lewiston Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260; [email protected] seeds.com; www.superseeds.com. R. H. Shumway's has a large, charming old-fashioned b/w catalog entirely focused on vegetables. Wholesale prices for bulk seed purchases of selected varieties: 803-663-9771; fax 888-437-2733; PO Box 4, Gran-iteville, SC 29829; www.rhshumway.com. Territorial Seed Co. sells mole traps, natural insecticide and fertilizer products, vegetable varieties suited to gardening "west of the Cascades" (maritime Northwest), and winter harvest veggies; 124-pg catalog: 541-9429547; fax 541-942-9881; orders 888-657-3131; PO Box 158, Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061; [email protected] territorial-seed.com; www.territorialseed.com. Thompson & Morgan is an English seed company whose U.S. branch offers many rare or unique seed varieties. Large, free color catalog: 800-274-7333; fax/info 888466-4769; PO Box 1308, Jackson, NJ 08527-0308; www.thompson-morgan.com.
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