It's time for a garden!
|A beautiful flowery garden fence.|
What will you plant this year? Some tomatoes? Peppers? Tons of different vegetables? Here is the BIG list of catalogs and companies to order your plants from.
Personally, I will be ordering or planting (hopefully) some heritage seeds and saved flower seeds this year. I also will be pruning the apple tree and putting in at LEAST a couple of tomato plants.
I live in Kentucky, and most things have a long-ish growing season. A trend I like is towards natural seeds, seeds that are good for your own area of the country, and seeds you can collect from the garden and then re-use (heritage seeds.)
I have found some great listings in some fun magazines this year too, Natural Awakenings, Countryside, BackHome, Body & Soul (now Whole Living Magazine), and Mother Earth News.
Here is my updated list of fun sites to explore:
ORGANIC AND HEIRLOOM SEEDS
Grandma’s Gardens catalog and endangered species seeds
Hudson Seeds, California
The International Seed Saving Institute
Seeds Trust for high altitude gardens
Flowers from nursery sources
by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Redwood City Seed Company
Redwood City Seed (California) #2 site
This features pepper varieties
Baker Creek Heirloom seeds
This company is famous and one of the very best!!
Heirloom tomato seeds – These have letter codes indicating resistance
to different diseases – and includes Seed Swap 101, how to swap seeds.
Fantastic Findings lists of seeds
Heirloom Acres, Missouri
Whatcom rare seeds
Sources for organic and heirloom seeds by mail:
Heirloom flower bulbs
Heirloom seeds on Ebay
The Heirloom Sampler site – this site shows pictures of heirloom varieties and explains about each one. "The Heirloom Vegetable Gardener's Assistant".
Amishland Heirloom Seeds
Thomas Jefferson’s seeds
Bill Best’s article from Appalachian Heritage magazine
http://www.heirlooms.org/beans.html - this article features descriptions of heritage beans from Kentucky. You pick out the kinds you want and then send them a check.
Local Harvest Seeds
also: herbs, honey products, soaps, more
Rutgers University tomatoes - these include the Ramapo tomato:
Grow Shitake mushrooms
REGIONAL SEED EXCHANGES
Saving, storing, and growing seeds
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Seed exchanges for each state
FARMERS PRODUCE SHARE CO-OPS
AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SITES
Local Harvest – buy foods grown close to your location
The Farm Eco-Village Training Center
offers classes and apprenticeships
Sustainable farming internships
ORGANIC FOOD STORES
A Fair Trade site – coffee a specialty
includes Fair Trade items, too
NATURAL MAKEUP, HEALING REMEDIES, MORE
Marsha Mason's company, River Herbs
Herbal Healer Company
INTERESTING ONLINE STORES
Hoegger Supply Company
Raven's Nest Herbals
They have a downloadable catalog.
(A neat Chicken Coop for sale)
My Amish Goods
More Chicken Coops, more
Cosmic Connections, 1701 Portland Avenue, Nashville, TN
HOLISTIC and ALTERNATIVE/COMBO DOCTORS and CLINICS
See listings at http://www.NANashville.com
LOCAL – KENTUCKY
Farmers Market Directory
HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN SEEDS FROM YOUR GARDEN
From Natural Life Magazine
I hope you enjoy these. Please add your favorites as a comment below here, or just leave your comment, a short one is A-OK. Thank you!
-Betsyanne at The Garden Spot
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