It’s that time of year again here…when I start yearning for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring! Only 29 more days til spring officially arrives!
Since it’s still way too cold and muddy here, I have to satisfy my inner garden nerd by browsing all the seed catalogs that have shown up in the mailbox.
Last year I ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They offer a huge selection of heirloom varieties and put together a gorgeous seed catalog. I had really good germination rates with all their seeds. My one complaint though is the lack of specific planting information on a lot of the seed packets (which I didn’t realize until I was actually ready to start the seeds). I often had to go research planting depth, light requirements, etc. before I could actually get the seeds in the dirt. But being the nerd I am, I created a big spreadsheet as I went last year that has all the necessary information.
I haven’t personally ordered from any of the other catalogs. A few of the local market gardeners that we’ve gotten to know through the Farmers Market have recommended Johnny’s and Territorial Seed Company based on their positive experience with both companies.
Our spring was really wet last year, so by the time we were able to get the fence installation finished, it was too late to plant most spring veggies like lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, radishes, etc. So I don’t need to buy very many seeds this year….that combined with the fact that I may have, perhaps, ordered way too many seeds in my excitement over finally having a big enough garden to actually can and preserve from.
This year, I’m going to order from Pinetree Garden Seeds. My plan is to order just a few varieties of seeds and some gardening supplies. I first heard about Pinetree from this blog post on Seed Sources over at Common Sense Home. I’ve been following this blog for years and have learned a ton on so many different homesteading-related topics. I highly recommend a visit to this site if you haven’t been to it before!
Well I’m off to go finalize my order before I get carried away again this year! Do you have a favorite seed company? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!