When I was a child, I would sit with my grandfather on wintry Sunday afternoons and look through seed catalogs to help him find all of the different seeds that he would need to buy to plant in his garden each spring.
We would talk for hours on end about fruit plants, trees, and what seeds worked best in our area.
Those carefree days of my youth served as both a bonding experience for us and a master class in gardening for me as I learned so much from him that I still apply.
The Big Benefit Of Limited Gardening Space
I have a limited amount of gardening space (Dan and I live in a subdivision), so I only select seeds that I know I will be able to either plant and then eat during the summer or preserve for use later in the year.
As a result, I do my best to avoid either purchasing too many seeds that I may not ultimately be able to use or getting duplicate seeds by accident – which, unfortunately, I have done in the past.
It was frustrating at times, however, to only have a small space to garden until I realized that there’s a big benefit to that…I don’t waste money or seeds because I consciously plan my seed purchases before I make them.
And the great thing is that it is really easy to do so and it takes almost no time at all.
Once you have my system.
Which I’ll give to you for FREE.
Your Foolproof System To Avoid Wasting Your Seeds And Money
I created an easy-to-use Summer Kitchen Creations Seed Tracker to serve as a foolproof system to allow you to maximize your seed purchases.
And it takes very little time and effort to use and maintain.
My Summer Kitchen Creations Seed Tracker lets you easily list both the types of seeds as well as the quantities of each that you own.
I reference my tracker (either in paper or electronic form) during the late winter and spring months of each year when I am purchasing my seeds.
Using my Summer Kitchen Creations’ Seed Tracker will allow you (like it has for me!) to know instantly what seeds you already have available to plant and help you pinpoint the specific seeds that you will need to purchase for your next gardening season.
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Bonus: 6 Online Seed Catalogs And What They Specialize In
Below are some of the seed companies that I purchase seeds from each year. You can purchase seeds directly from the seed company’s online store or in-person at their seed stands at a flower show (e.g. at the Philadelphia Flower Show), in garden shops, or through your local retailer.
In addition, some of these companies will offer you a discount if you sign up for their email newsletter.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: www.rareseeds.com
They offer many rare and unusual seeds and plants, including heirloom seeds.
Their catalog is beautifully illustrated and filled with everything you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Hudson Valley Seed Library: www.seedlibrary.org
I absolutely love their mission because they combine two of my passions: art and gardening.
Many of their seeds are available in art packs, which are artist-designed seed packets that feature contemporary art that incorporates the flower or vegetable. You can even use the art packs to make your own art!
They offer heirloom and open pollinated seeds.
Burpee offers conventional, organic, and heirloom seeds.
Their seeds are widely distributed in retail stores throughout the country.
You can also purchase fruit plants from them via their catalog or online store.
My grandfather always ordered plants and seeds from Gurneys. I, too, have purchased strawberry plants and many seeds from Gurneys over the years.
They also offer fruit, nut, and shade trees.
Park Seed: www.parkseed.com
They offer all GMO-free (“genetically modified organism”) seeds and a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds.
Tomato Growers Supply Company: www.tomatogrowers.com
I have not yet purchased products from this company, but I am considering doing so this year.
If you can a lot of tomatoes and are looking for variety, then you should definitely consider using them since they offer a wide variety of all types of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
What seed companies do you like to purchase your seeds from each year? Why do you like them?