try some new seed catalogs

By Andre JordanI’M MAD ABOUT SEED.  So mad that I have to have some “rules” for seed shopping. For instance: I restrain myself before binging in the new catalogs (here’s my list of favorite ones) until I do a careful inventory of my leftover seed, and see what I really need. My most important rule of all:

I buy organic seed when available, and seek out regionally appropriate varieties, too, in the hopes of best garden success, since seed is alive and I want to make it feel at home.

I explained my thinking on this and more in the “Mother Earth News” (as I did in a much briefer piece in “The New York Times”).

I hope you’ll “meet” some of the stars of the organic seed breeding and growing world in the articles and podcasts linked below, and add their websites and catalogs to your list of possibilities for the seed-shopping season.

 top links:

q&a’s with organic seed companies

growing from seed: overall how-to’s

growing specific vegetables from seed

how to save seed

(Garden “doodles” by Andre Jordan for A Way to Garden.)

  1. Julie Erb says:

    Hello! I just happened on your website through Mother Earth News. Wanted to share a seed company that is local, regionally adapted, and all organic. Their website has hundreds of “how to”information, growing guides and much much more. They have been our go to source since they’ve started 10 yrs ago, and continually add more offerings. Their product is excellent, they offer many hands on workshops, share with the community and all the information they offer is free, that’s important to me. Love them! Check out Fruition Seeds organic seeds and trees for short seasons, They are located in Naples NY, Finger Lakes Region, zone 5a, I think it’s it’s 5b now. I looked for their listing in some of your articles and just wanted to share them, because they are wonderful, and their hearts are in the right place.

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