Received my first garden catalog for 2013 yesterday, from Twilley. They seem to come a little earlier each year, but I never know who will be the first. Anyione else get their first catalog, and from which company?
I got Twilley, Stokes, HPS, & a minor company that was very expensive & poor selection of seeds.
I order from Totally Tomatoes, Tomato Growers Supply, Johnny's, Harris Seeds, Reimer Seeds, Evergreen Seeds, Gourmet, & Jordan Seeds. Each has certain varieties I like. Stokes will get an order, because a couple new things caught my eye.
Got HPS Friday. They appear to be the early bird among cataloguers.
On looking through the pictures of their geraniums, I happened to notice that the colors of many varieties in the catalog were somewhat different from the equivalent image in their on-line site. My wife is very insistent about wanting a dark red geranium and I don't know which picture to believe. Does anyone know if color reproduction is generally truer in catalogs than online? I suspect that there may be no definite answer to that.
My first catalog was the Dixondale onion catalog. I'll receive my plants and be transplanting in about 3 weeks! Normally I've already ordered most of my seeds online before I get many catalogs. Spring growing season starts here in February, so seeds have to be ordered in early January...
Dixondale, Botanical Interests, White Flower Farm (not seed, but still...). I've gotten a couple of notices that the 2013 catalog was up on the websites, but I want the hard copies for my Christmas vacation!
To me, online catalogs just don't do it- there's nothing like relaxing in the evening after all the work is done and browsing through those slick pages! My first ones came today- Totally Tomatoes & Vermont Seeds
Just ordered some yellow Brandywine tomato seeds. Although I didn't see that variety in my new Seedsavers Exchange catalog I received today, I will have many hours of pouring-over time with that catalog. I remember when my mother used to get a lot of seed catalogs. It was almost (almost) a holy time around our house, lol.
OOOHHHH...You all are making me froth at the mouth...it's that time! And I'm NOT talking about Christmas! Now, is there anything quite like a hot bath with tons of steam and that favorite seed catalog getting wet in your handsies? Huh? I dare you to come up with ANYTHING that compares! HA!
I USED to order from Burpees. But now I want to branch out (pardon the pun) and totally avoid Monsanto products. It is interesting to read your thoughts about catalogs!
I order some things from a company called neseed.
My order came today. All packets had printed on them, non GMO seed.
Ordered it monday because it was last day for 15% off sale.
My Geronimo tomatoes only cost $42.50 from neseed with that discount. Johnnys wanted $59.95 & their shipping is higher.
I got Stokes a couple of weeks ago but I really want BC and TT I place more then one order a year, with both of them. If they don't come soon ill have to call, it's not like I have anything else to do this time of year.
Yeah, the catalogs have been the slowest in coming of any year I can remember. Apparently Nichol's Garden Nursery doesn't even put out a paper catalog anymore. Ordering online is fine, but it's hard to beat a well illustrated paper catalog for Winter day browsing.
They don't seem late to be this year... of course since I got mine that may be influencing my opinion!
I even sat down and ordered the seeds I need today, plus a fair amount I don't. I need to fill out my trade list on DG to get rid of some of my "failures" but now I don't have anything I want in return.
Well, I found a company that I am going with for 2013: "Southern Exposure Seeds." I really liked their products, description, and most of all, suitability for my area! We'll see how they do...but I am relieved to have found such a company, and to be done with my ordering!
I haven't seen a Baker Creek catalog yet this year either. I went ahead and ordered from them online anyway. They have some lettuce seed that I can't find anywhere else and their prices are reasonable for such generous packets. I just want that paper catalog so I can drool!
I feel better now that you haven't gotten yours either. I read that others had received theirs and I thought I was the only one. I'll just wait, I don't need anything just looking lol. I love their lettuce blends. I do order online but I need the catalog. Sometimes I just look at ones that are yrs old.
Haven't gotten Territorial either and I do order from them. May have to sit in front of the fire w/my kindle to browse this Chritmas holiday! I usually do order online, but compose my order list from the catalogs. Best of both worlds!
(Edited as I have not had my caffeine this morning!)
Oh, goody goody goody. Just went to the post box and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was there! One of my fave's. Oh, and Davis Austin. More or less the same photos over and over, but always drool worthy and great on a cold winter's night by the fire.
Is it just me, or is the Photoshopping to "enhance" color particularly extreme this year? It's one thing to color correct your images and another to turn everything neon green and purple. I don't know if I should attribute it to bad graphic design, cheap printing or competition over the current garden fad of growing alternate colored veggies (purple carrots, yellow cucumbers, etc.)
Baker Creek is the exception; their photos almost always resemble the variety in question.
LOL you are funny! : ) I may have a good beginning to 2013, I have to admit I was a little suspicious when everybody kept mentioning that catalog. I usually place 4-5 orders a year with them. Im trying to use up what I have but I still WANT the catalog.
1lisac; Thinking it might be safe to say I am l glad they sending you a catalog.. From your answer I take it I had upset you .,that was not my intent...
There not sending as many to me this year, I think that is okay also ,because I am not buying as much this year..
A little frustration all around, pass the glass... It all will bloom again sometime!!
No more catalogs have hit but thinking back most have landed around New Year's. Do any of you recall the name of the one that is oversized, think it had a parchment color cover with scroll words, and has a Victorian-ish feel with lots of photos that look like prints?
Yes it is. Thank you, Farmerdill, for jogging my memory and for providing the link. You are not far from my old stomping grounds in SC.
Of all days, hubs has a dr appt on Valentine's Day. By then we should have accumulated a plethora of seed catalogs to share in the waiting room, and it will still be early enough for others who might not have internet access to order for next year's growing season.
It just dawned on me that nearly all the seed companies I ordered from online last year have NOT sent me their paper catalogs this year. Could be a cost-cutting measure on their part. Why would they go to the expense of sending me a paper catalog when they figure I'll order online again?
NicoleC, you can call the offending catalog companies, ask for the mailing dept (may just be customer service) and give them the customer # and priority code on the back of the catalog. Ask them to remove you address from their list. That was one of my very first duties as a real librarian-in-the-big-world. Staightening out all the multiple, unwanted catalog receipts and duplicate serials subscriptions. Tedious, but it actually makes you feel good ...=)
I wish, if the seed company or nursery, is no longer send paper catalogs (I don't really blame them), they would just send us a card or something at Christmas-time telling us as such. Then we would know we have an option of going online and requesting a paper catalog if we so choose. Or maybe just an e-mail. Something--as I was kind of wondering if some of these guys just went out of business or something. I know I'm one of the first to gripe about getting the catalogs too soon (like August), but that is not to say that I don't want one at all! =))
With your advice, I tried Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The seeds came, in beautiful order, and I just received my very first seed catalog from them. LOVELY! Major drool factor, and so interesting! I will delight in planning my garden now - I especially appreciate their tips about companion planting - like, sowing beets around asparagus - great use of land, and crops that are appropriate for each other!
Just checked out neseed--not impressed. BTW, I buy a lot of my seed from Pinetree every year and they are usually among the first catalogs I receive. Not this year. I think many seed companies are pushing for online sales..
Ones choice of sources depends greatly on what varieties one wishes to grow. New England seed is one of the few retail sources for D. Palmer Seeds and they do have some excellent varieties. They don't carry Palmers whole line tho. Twilley is one of the few retailers of Abbott and Cobb varieties. Harris for Harris Moran. All are more directed at market gardeners than home gardeners. Even most of the "heirloom" companies buy from Seeds by Design which has also developed some hybrids. Exceptions are Baker Creek and Sandhills which depend primarily on independent contractors. There are folks here who grow for them.
Palmer seeds which I have found exceptional. Blackball squash, much more productive tha Eight Ball, Daisy Mae Crookneck ( excellent size very prolific), Greybeard ( technically a grey zuke, but competes well with mid eastern types.
I got a Burpee's catalog yesterday , I get those off the rack at Lowes these days , Pinetree is a great, Every few years I look more seriously at seeds ,as a home gardener though I have more than I usually grow.
IT is interesting thinking back over the years and seeing the changes of what has been developed, and what has become heirloom.
Lettuceman- Pinetree is the one catalog got early, ( and I order small but often) yours must have been lost in the system somewhere.
Pinetree has a crookneck which does very well for me here. which name escapes me at the moment. grr
I recently received my first Bakers Creek catalog and have one question to ask. Are they for real? I could not stop reading the articles in the front of the catalog. With all this business of Monsanto spending billions buying up seed distributing companies I have been searching for some seed company I could trust. My last yearís purchase from Johnnies was a big disappointment with poor germination on corn and only eight Jade bean seeds out of Ĺ pound of seed and four plantings. All my other bean seeds even some older saved seed was fantastic. So I am looking for some place I can trust for quality heirloom seeds.
I really donít want to purchase seed in bulk any longer and Iím wary of the idea of buying all my seed from one source. Shipping costs is the other consideration. The only other non-GMO company I could find which has a reasonable shipping cost is Ed Hume Seed Company. Packet seed prices are comparable quantity wise and shipping is less than four dollars regardless of quantity of purchase. I have heard Jordan Seeds is a reputable company to buy from but I havenít had any luck checking them out on line. Any other suggestions for non-GMO seed, or seed which hasnít been recycled would be appreciated.
Baker Creek is for real. They really do test for GMO contamination, they really do buy seed from small independent producers and they really do travel to seek out new varieties.
I've purchased quite a bit of seed from them and most has been very high quality. The only thing about heirloom varieties is that there is often a small area where the plants thrive or sometimes they are forgotten for a reason. :) So not everything has been a success, but I think they are the only company I've never gotten a bad batch from.
Save your time on Jordan's. They are for large growers. Most seeds are sold in 4 oz quantities or larger.
They buy from all the big companies.
I didn't know there are GMO garden seeds. But here on DG you learn something new everyday.
Would you tell me which ones are GMO.
There aren't any GMO seeds intended for the home grower. They are testing for contamination from cross-pollination, particularly with corn.
Zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are available as GMO; they could cross with any Cucurbita pepo. GMO sugar beet could potentially cross with other Beta vulgaris. But since these don't wind pollinate there's a pretty low risk of contamination for them.
I appreciate the heads up on Baker Creek, however I'm not sure why Baker Creek and Ed Hume would make it a point to advertise right up front that they don't deal in GMO seeds if there wasn't a threat to garden seed packets when Monsanto is tying to buy up all these smaller seed companies. Plus when you read these articles in the Baker Creek catalog they are claiming that heirloom seeds as we have known them in the past are in danger of being contaminated. If Big Brother Ag (BBA) can do this the larger farms with the long arm of the USDA at their side, what is stopping them from doing the same to us little people. Sure I'm just paranoid for no reason at all. Please take some time to read the articles in the front of the Baker Creek catalog and tell me I'm wrong about my assumptions here.
Not only is Big Brother still alive and well, but Monsanto and other such agricultural thugs will prosper in the future with the blessing of the Industrial Food system so prevalent world-wide today. I predict that most of humanity will give up their free choice for food...any kind of food, GMO derived or not. I highly recomend the book "Food Rebels,Guerrila Gardeners, and Smart-cookin' Mamas." Chilling reading.
Still waiting for Territorial--once I get their catalog I will place my orders. Even thought I don't have Territorial yet I had a great weekend/New Year's Eve plotting out what I want and where and when to plant it. Ahhhhh! My 2013 can now begin.
Farmers Seed & Nursery no longer exits. It was headquartered in Fairbault, MN. All that's there now is a retail garden center, not at all connected to Farmers.
Jung sends out the Farmers catalog.
Michigan Bulb gets poor reviews from everybody on DG. I ordered once about 30 years ago, never again.
I'm finally getting more catalogs, some went to my parents in So Cal and a bunch were on hold while we were out of town. Today I got Territorial, Jung Seeds and Plants, Johnnies, Gurney's, R. H. Shumway, and Gardens Alive. I won't order from all of them but I love to look. Still waiting on Baker Creek, I called again today and they found orders under my and my parents name so 3 separate people. The man that answered the phone said "gosh you've placed ALOT of orders". Since the shipping address was the same he couldn't figure out why I haven't gotten a catalog but will have one sent immediately. Still waiting on Southern Seed Exchange (?). Not that I need anymore.
Also, got my Texas Gardener Magazine. No wonder don't read as many books!
Could some of you recommend the best cherry tomatoes from personal experience? And also which veggies would be happy in hanging baskets or containers. I'm about out of room and either need to start growing in containers or go vertical.
LoL!!!! Rick , But you forgot your sword and dagger!!
Patio hybrid was is a nice determinate
And I would imagine sweet 100 would go in a hanging basket , I have never tried it that way but have heard it suggested
Did real well n the garden a couple of times for me ,
And there are updated cultivars of both of these available (just in the last two or three seasons)
I got a Prairie Moon nursery , Roots and Rhizomes and a McClure&Zimmerman I like the first the other two I have never seen before now.
Prairie Moon Nursery always at least a few interesting natives, I have a few from them...
Hit the mother lode today: Willhite Seed, Territorial Seed, Peaceful Valley, Park Seed, Select Seeds, Roots & Rhizomes, and Stark Bros. And I just placed my Just Fruits and Exotics order and Legg Creek order. So I'm in good shape for this spring now☺
I got Burgess today as well, although I've never done any business with them. No outlandish claims, zone stretching or other unsavory catalog tricks, and just common varieties. I was tempted to order some asparagus crowns from them for what looked like a great price, but then I read their feedback. Too bad their shipping department can't get their act together.
I can't believe the amount they must spend on catalogs. I have gotten doubles from numerous companies.
A couple days ago, I got a catalog from a cabinet supply company. I have never ordered from them. This catalog was a hardcover book.
You would think the seed companies could at least set up a spread sheet so they could sort out the doubles. Maybe they are not that smart.
Automatic advertising lists from computer browsing or purchase lists , 3 Burgess 2 Gurney's, 3 Pinetree I get fewer from Parks seed over the years as I have ordered seldom from them in recent times .Years ago I use to buy seeds from them all the time. Their seeds were great in my earlier Gardening times, I have no idea lately as to how they are.
Perhaps they're hoping we'll give the extras to an already 'qualified' potential customer. Perhaps it's not accident, but a good marketing idea? I gave one to a neighbor that gardens, so it works, lol.
Pinetree finally showed up in today's mail. Awfully late for them this year. New look also, but I'm not that impressed. I do buy the bulk of my seeds from them, mostly online. Still no sign of Baker Creek, and I truly miss their purty picture catalog!