Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 110 – December 26, 2018 – Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table.


How can you get and stay excited about your springtime garden when you are struggling through the long winter months. One way I have found is by surrounding myself with seed catalogs to keep the dream alive. Here are a few you should probably have sitting around.





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Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table


As I’m writing this it’s 27 degrees and looks like it could start snowing anytime, I’m sitting here drinking coffee and longing for the days coming when I will be out in the garden with sweat on my brow and dirt under my finger nails.

There is a way in which I maintain my sanity while I’m waiting and that way is seed catalogs. I love the days when a new one comes in the mail, the colorful pictures, the thoughts of growing something new, the page after page of vegetable description that causes my mind to dream of a bountiful harvest. Yes, every homesteader should get to experience this wonderful feeling of euphoria!

Maybe I’m being a little over dramatic, seriously though, seed catalogs are great to have as you think about and plan your garden. There are a few great companies out there that send beautiful and information packed catalogs right to your door. So I thought I would give a list of links to get you started with the experience.


1. Johnny’s Selected Seeds – I think probably the best one. It’s full of great pictures and they have a ton of seeds to pick from. Even if you don’t get the catalog there website is great and packed with all kinds of gardening information.


2. Seed Savers Exchange – The 100+ page free catalog has over 600 heirloom and open-pollinated varieties and a large selection of organic seeds. Not only does this catalog have beautiful images and stories, it also contains great educational material.


3. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – They have 2 catalogs one is free and one they sell. The free one is their rare seeds free color catalog which is a beautiful offering rare, non-GMO seeds. Complete with hundreds of high-quality color photos showcasing the variety and beauty of heirloom vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs.


4. Gurney’s Seed and Nursery – Not only do you get a beautiful free catalog from Gurneys but at the time of this post when you order the catalog you also get a $25 off coupon. That sounds like a Win Win to me!


5. Burpee Seeds and Plants – They have a catalog and it’s free. I’m sure every gardener has heard of Burpee and knows about there huge selection. So if you don’t already get the catalog and at the time of posting this they are offering $10 OFF your next purchase when you sign up for the free catalog.


6. High Mowing Organic Seeds – As there name implies, they put a heavy emphasis on organic so it is a seed company you can trust. Definitely a catalog you should be getting.


7. Territorial Seed Company – This is a family owned business that’s been around since 1979 with a nice inventory and a great catalog. If you’re anything like me it should give you hours of quality day dreaming material.


8. Urban Farmer – This is one I just recently discovered and I’m a little excited about it because it’s located less than a couple hours away from me in Westfield Indiana. They offer more than 1,000 seed varieties as well as plants, bulbs, and garden supplies to gardeners and farmers throughout the United States. I just ordered this catalog myself but from what I seen online it is one i’m excited to get.


9. Fedco Seeds – Another great company and they specialize in cold hardy selections so this is a great one for folks in the demanding Northeast climate. Fedco has five divisions: Seeds, Potatoes and Onions, Organic Growers Supply, Trees, and Bulbs, and sends out three catalogs annually. Another great one for the coffee table.


10. Park Seed – This company has been around quite a while, about 150 years that is so they they probably know a little bit about the seed business. I read on there website that they put there first seed catalog out in 1868. If you want to read a seed catalog with a little history behind it then you might want this one on your coffee table as well.



There are a few to get you started and I know there are a bunch more out there. I feel like I should mention that there are some great smaller seed companies out there that don’t mail out catalogs but have great online catalogs you should check out. I always like to support the smaller companies and in the end you will matter more to them as a customer that with most bigger companies.


Here are a couple of online seed companies I recommend and you should check out.


The Seed Guy – Twice I have purchased seed packages from this company and have been very happy with the seeds. The first time was a flawless transaction, the second time there was a hiccup with my order on the website as they were experiencing some issues and when I contacted them they went above and beyond to correct things and make it right. That goes a long way with me and I highly recommend them.


MIgardener – I have actually never bought any seeds from them but I have watched their YouTube channel quite a bit and have talked to dozens of people who have bought seeds from them and highly recommend them so I have no trouble doing the same.


Mary’s Heirloom Seeds – This is one of favorite online seeds companies, so much so that I have actually partnered with them as an affiliate and they offer a discount to members of our Homestead Forum Membership Community. They currently offer over 600 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid seeds and Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  



I want to wish you a Happy New Year and encourage you to set some Homesteading Goals for the new year. You can’t hit the target if first you don’t aim. Happy Homesteading and God Bless!



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