And maybe that's the best thing about garden catalogs: they allow us to dream. For the most part, my 2008 garden is finished; only the kale, chard, and arugula are still growing. A few beets are ready to be harvested this weekend. And just as I was ready to despair the end of the gardening year, this catalog comes and opens my mind to the possibilities for next year.
So, in the spirit of dreaming, I'd like to share some of my favorite seed catalogs with you. It would be a good idea to go to the websites now and request a catalog. That way, you'll get them as soon as they come off the press, and your planning and dreaming can begin (possibly just in time to give you a break from the stress of the winter holidays!) Here are my favorite catalogs---you'll notice that heirlooms and organic offerings are available from all of these catalogs:
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: If you love heirlooms, this is the catalog for you. And if heirloom tomatoes are your weakness----let's just say my copy of the 2008 catalog is pretty dog-eared by this point!
- Johnny's Selected Seeds: While Johnny's carries conventional seed, they've also done a good job of offering more organic seed every year. You can also find a decent selection of heirlooms in the catalog.
- Seed Savers Exchange: An heirloom gardener's playground. I love their selection of heirloom squashes and peppers. They offer plenty of organic heirloom seed as well.
- Bountiful Gardens: This no-nonsense catalog offers heirloom, untreated, open-pollinated selections, including a nice variety of grain crops and herbs.
- Nichols Garden Nursery: The Nichols catalog offers a very nice selection of herbs, as well as vegetables, annuals, and perennials. There are many organic items available.
These are the catalogs that I order from most often. Do you have any favorites that I didn't mention? Share them with us!