Buying Seeds From Garden Catalogs–Your Head Will Be Spinning From All The Choices

Even small garden catalogs offer a dizzying array of choices when it comes to seeds. In fact, that can be part of the problem sometimes–how does one ever choose? There are catalogs dedicated to the solanaceae family (in other words, primarily tomatoes and peppers).  There are catalogs dedicated to organic seeds and to “natural” seeds and to heirloom seeds and to saved seeds.

And then there are just seed catalogs in general.  Territorial is one of the ones that comes to mind. If you want to read a good seed catalog that has a bit of everything–non-organic seeds, some organic seeds, grafted plants, regular plants and lots of equipment this is the catalog for you.

What I particularly like about Territorial is the depth of their instructions. I am sure folks will have a fit because the catalog is not all organic and what that means is that some of their seeds are GMO and some of their seeds come from the huge agri-businesses.  Okay.  I get it.  Am I telling you to buy all your seeds from Territorial? I am not.  I am telling you that I like the format of the catalog.

You can get almost the same information from Johnny Selected Seeds.  Their seeds are mostly organic, heirloom and non-GMO. They do sell hybrid seeds, if you care about that sort of thing.  There is a page on their web site explaining the differences among the different types of seeds that they sell.

As between Johnny’s and Territorial, I find the seed starting information slightly better at Territorial.  And let’s face it, when you are beginning with something as small as a seed, where something can go wrong so easily, it’s nice to have as  much information as possible.  I won’t copy and paste the info in here, because all of it is copyrighted, but I suggest you look at Johnny’s and Territorial both for something you’d actually like to grow.

Or take something that is a wee bit challenging to grow like hollyhock or marigold.  Marigold is prone to damping off.  Hollyhock needs light to germinate. Territorial is very good about giving tips on how to sow.  Hollyhock also has some pretty specific temperature requirements.  Johnny’s is a little vague on these to say the least.

Now a very serious seed starter is going to do some more research or is going to get a book on seed starting. I’ve actually got 2, from back in my 10 tray seed starting days.  But you shouldn’t have to do that.  The seed packet and the catalog should give you all the information you need.  So that’s why for me, Territorial is a huge winner!



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