I decided to start in early on my seed ordering now that I have most of the catalogs I do big orders from in-house.
It’s a slow process–I have a two-page list of things I need to order, and while some things are decided as to variety and supplier, there are also many items on the list that require going back and forth between the different catalogs I have, as well as going online to look at suppliers whose catalogs I don’t have yet (or who aren’t printing them).
When I don’t need a large quantity of a particular seed, I often order from Pinetree. While their per-seed prices are generally higher than places like Johnny’s, their per-packet prices are usually a lot lower, and their shipping is also very reasonable.
Johnny’s has some of the very tried-and-true varieties that I’ve grown in the last several years–Marvel of Venice beans and Red Long of Tropea onions and Sungold cherry tomato (though everyone is carrying those now).
They also carry the bigger packets of greens seeds, and I use their Encore organic lettuce mix as the base for my Goddess salad mix.
Territorial has also gotten a share of my major seed order in the last couple of years–they tend to have a few interesting vegetable varieties outside the normal range (Johnny’s has gotten very large-market-grower-oriented in the past few years) and their seed quality is very high.
A couple of places I plan to make orders from as well: Seed Savers Exchange, Skyfire Garden Seeds, maybe High Mowing (though I’m hoping they’ll have a seed selection at the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Conference in Watertown next month).
Seeds Savers Exchange tells me I’m on their mailing list for this month’s round of catalogs, which is good, because their web order system appears to be down as of this afternoon. Thought I’d get a jump on that, but I was thwarted. I could still call them and place an order based on their web selections, and I might to avoid missing some key varieties.
I might also make an order through Seeds of Change–though admittedly it’s their flower section that always tempts me the most, and I already have way more flower seed than I know what to do with.
I was also looking at some beet seed through Turtle Tree, a small biodynamic seed company whose catalog I picked up at the MOSES Organic Conference last spring. I always like to do a little ordering outside the normal range of big suppliers, so I can get an idea of quality and varieties that are out there just a little below the radar.
Who are you ordering from this year?