Getting seed catalogs is part of the fun of gardening. They serve the purpose to the seed producer of providing a well used sales outlet. Gardeners can look forward to a new catalog each spring and plan their garden designs around the new products. They will usually receive the new issue many months before they will need to start the seeds in germination trays. There will be time to order and have then delivered in time for the new growing season. It is an annual ritual in many households and gardeners enjoy the planning time when they are not able to get out in the soil. Looking at the new catalogs is like starting the season off.
You’ll find a huge list of free seed catalogs that you can request below.
Request this free seed catalog by filling out the form completely. The seed catalog is free to those who live in the U.S.
Those in the U.S. can request a free Annie’s Annuals & Perennials plant catalog.
Fill out a short form to get a Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog send to your mailbox.
If you live in the U.S, you can request a free Bluestone Perennials plant catalog.
Those who live in the U.S. and Canada can request a free Botanical Interests seed catalog.
Request this free heirloom seed catalog by filling out the form. This free seed catalog is available worldwide.
Those who live in the U.S. and Canada can use this form to request a free Brent and Becky’s Bulbs seed catalog.
This free gardening catalog is available worldwide.
Those in the U.S. can request a free Burpee seed catalog.
If you live in the U.S., you can request a free Dixondale Farms seed catalog.
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Garden supply companies and seed producers are happy to provide you with seed catalogs and encourage you to buy their products. The Internet makes it possible for customers to see many different catalogs without having to order a hard copy delivered to their home. It also brings a greater selection into the homes of consumers making it possible for them to view more catalogs. They can also access addition gardening hints and ideas for their gardens.
Choosing the Right Free Seed Catalog
Seed catalogs are the perfect way to discover new flower seeds and vegetable seeds. Although it’s great to try at least one new variety each year and follow it from seed to a mature garden plant, it can be difficult to tell exactly what your getting from many catalogs. As you may already know, many of the glowing descriptions don’t live up to expectations. I recently read about one gardener that tried a new flower called ‘African Queen’. The catalog said it was stately with exotic beauty. She discovered that meant it was tall, strange and weedy looking. It definitely wasn’t what she wanted.
To avoid having this happen to you, never go strictly by the definition. What one person calls stately, another may call tall, strange and weedy. When choosing flower seeds and vegetable seeds, it’s also important not to go by just the photo in the catalog either. Often these catalogs will take close-up photos of individual blooms to make them appear much larger and more impressive than they really are. If you do see a photo of only one flower and not the whole plant, it’s usually because the blossoms are small and inconspicuous. If they do show an entire plant bountifully covered in blossoms, you should also be wary. Some companies take many flower sprigs and photograph them all together.
So how do you make sure you are getting what you want out of free seed catalogs? Look for seeds with the AAS (All-American Selection) designation. This means that they have been tested in trial gardens all over the country and are found to be a significant improvement over other existing types. Above all, enjoy gardening and look for new flower seeds that peak your interest. By planting new seeds, you’ll probably discover some new favorite annuals.
If you take advantage of the many free seed catalogs and orders your selection of seeds in advance, you will be well-stocked when the time comes to start germinating those seeds. You will be able to save unused seeds for future years if they are stored in a dry, cool place. Often you will get more seeds than you can use when you place an order.
Historically, Free Seed Catalogs were Vital to Farmers in the North American Prairie
Although flower seed and a flower garden were typical around a rural home, they were not as important as other types of seeds. Farmers and farming families relied on free seed catalogs to provide them with the source of their livelihood and diet. Crop seeds and vegetable seeds were a requirement to survival in the early part of the twentieth century. A crop or a garden was not a hobby. It was the food and income a family needed to make it through the next winter. Although flowers and a well kept yard was a source of pride, the real order started with the crop needs.
Seed catalogs (often free) offered farmers the latest development in seed evolution. As new varieties of seeds were developed to battle problems like pests and moisture, they were made available through order. It was in a farmers’ best interest to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each variety to ensure the best crop possible. Even with the right choice of seed he still had to battle Mother Nature and luck before he could reap his harvest. If he did not at least start with the best seed possible, he was already planting with a disadvantage.
Free seed catalogs today cater to the hobby gardener as well as the hobby farmer. The selections are far greater and more refined than the pioneers had to select from. And flower seeds play as important a part in many people’s lives as carrot seeds used to.
Free Seed Catalogs Have Been Part of Many Households for Longer than Almost Any Other Type of Catalog
Seed catalogs are not only a good source of high quality seeds, they are also a very good source for gardening ideas. They will introduce you to new varieties and provide helpful tips and hints. Novice gardeners find them a tool to expand their knowledge. Most seed catalog pages are covered with vivid pictures displaying the mature plants. If you have a difficult spot in your garden to fill, a picture full of ideas will help you to select the right seeds for your needs.
Seed catalogs arriving in the mail box is the first sign of spring for the experienced gardener. Thoughts of the beds waking up and how they should be filled begin to creep into mind. Excitement increases as new flower seeds are discovered to be nurtured in just the right spot. The flowers may accented with climbing roses other perennials that will require a visit to plant nurseries. A well seasoned garden takes as much pleasure in planning the garden as in working it.
Let free seed catalogs be your guide if you are planning your garden. You will even find that many companies offer quality assurance guarantees and are proud to boast high germination rates. You are assured that any purchase you will make will result in the garden you hope for if tended with loving care. They will even come complete with all of the growing instructions you may need.
An A-List of Unusual Catalogs
Everyone’s heard of Burpee’s, Park Seeds, Wayside Gardens, and the other giants of the catalog world, so here’s a short alphabetical list of some excellent unusual mail-order houses you may not be aware of:
- Gleckler’s Seedmen: Their motto is “Unusual Seed Specialties,” and they live up to the name as a source for ‘Atlantic Giant’ and ‘Lady Godiva’ pumpkins, rare heirloom tomatoes, and an astonishing variety of Native American squashes.
- Grant Mitsch Novelty Daffodils: If you love daffodils and don’t mind spending a little more for something truly unique, this is the catalog for you. Individual bulbs can be very expensive since this company caters to the show bench, but the garden mixes are reasonably priced, their quality is top-notch, and the flowers will knock your socks off!
- Native Seeds Search: What started out as a small, non-profit group seeking to conserve traditional Southwest crops, has blossomed into a wonderful seed company. It offers everything from amaranths to wild gourds, has many books on desert crops to choose from, and even offers an educational program on using traditional Indian foods to combat diabetes.
- Richter’s: Richter’s has probably the best selection of herbs on the planet-with hundreds of varieties to choose from, plus hard-to-find dyeplants and medicinals you just can’t get anywhere else. To top it off, the catalog is filled with great color photos.
- Seeds of Change: If you haven’t heard of this company yet, you should have. It’s the king of heirloom vegetable varieties, and has its colorful seed packets in many retail nurseries. Originally specializing in southwestern crops, this quickly growing company has something for every region, and its catalog is a joy to browse through.
- Shepherd’s Garden Seeds: One of the bigger catalogs that started out small not too long ago, Shepherd’s has lots of heirloom vegetable varieties to choose from. Its seed packets are showing up more and more in retail nurseries-look for the white packets with the delicate pencil drawings on them.