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Old 11-24-2019, 10:27 AM
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The Vermont Bean Seed Co and Totally Tomatoes catalogs arrived yesterday. That's early. For years now Pinetree has been the first to come and that has happened about a week or so after Thanksgiving.

I don't need a lot of seed this year but it will give me something to browse through this afternoon.
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I love seed catalogs, my most favorite is Baker Creek from www.rareseeds.com. They have non gmo, pure heirloom, organic and rare seeds that have almost gone extinct but some people are trying to bring them back. They are located in Mansfield, Missouri and have a Youtube channel where they go into the history of their seeds.

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Seed Savers as well as Victory Seeds have some good stuff, too.

My springtime garden is always at its most spectacular this time of year - when it's in my seed catalog-inspired dreams
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I love seed catalogs, my most favorite is Baker Creek from www.rareseeds.com.
They're one of the vendors I order from. Two years ago I ordered that huge version of their catalog. It's just an expanded version of their regular catalog, expanded in that the photos are pretty much the same but a lot larger, like a whole page. It was nice to look through though, but once is enough.

Although I don't order from Vermont I see that their prices on beans are up and it will be interesting to see if that trend holds for other companies. I wouldn't pay upwards of $3.50 for a pack of beans. With wages, etc going up it's not surprising. More reason to find more OP varieties and save the seed.
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As preppers, saving seed should be a default practice. But obtaining seed for growing something new is still fun. Iíll probably get the Baker catalogue again
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They're one of the vendors I order from. Two years ago I ordered that huge version of their catalog. It's just an expanded version of their regular catalog, expanded in that the photos are pretty much the same but a lot larger, like a whole page. It was nice to look through though, but once is enough.

Although I don't order from Vermont I see that their prices on beans are up and it will be interesting to see if that trend holds for other companies. I wouldn't pay upwards of $3.50 for a pack of beans. With wages, etc going up it's not surprising. More reason to find more OP varieties and save the seed.

I try to order seeds from several companies just so I am sure to get the catalog eye candy each year.

Anyway, I've noticed some huge price increases this year too. I believe it was Johnny's that had several tomato varieties at $21 for 15 seeds!! Makes me want to try them to see how super they really are. Reverse sales psychology I guess.

I keep saving more seed varieties each year. We might not always have the availability we have now (much less the price factor).
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As preppers, saving seed should be a default practice. But obtaining seed for growing something new is still fun. Iíll probably get the Baker catalogue again
Absolutely! But there are a few things I still haven't found a good OP for, like broccoli. By far Packman has done the best for me and although I've tried a bunch of OP brocs, I still haven't found one that does well in this garden. Still, I'm looking!

And there always has to be one or two "toys" for the garden, new fun stuff. I think this year one will be that huge tromboncino squash on a trellis.
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The Vermont Bean Seed Co and Totally Tomatoes catalogs arrived yesterday.
Yep, I got mine this morning.
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We've decided to plant some Jerusalem artichokes this year so I'll be looking for those. And I want to get a couple more butterfly and pollinator attracting flowers to add to the zinnias. Probably some milkweed for Monarchs.
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I struggled ever finding Jerusalem artichokes for sale at a reasonable price. Luckily, I was able to find a wild plant this year that I’ve replanted with the same goal as you for next year.

I just sent in my order for the year via Baker Creek. I hate waiting through winter knowing that I don’t have all the seeds on hand to plant a full garden. It’s a typical paranoid prepper mindset, I guess. Ordering this early has caused me to end up with the prior year’s stock once or twice but usually I end up with the current run of packaging. Using somewhat “old” doesn’t really concern me, though. This year I’ll be using just over 60% saved seed—green bean (10lbs or so), peppers, tomato, pumpkins, melons, sunflower, potatoes, garlic and buckwheat. I’m leaving some carrots/beets in the ground with thick mulch in hopes of getting some seed from them this year. I’m also trying out a clamp to try to save some for replanting. This could get me up to about 75% saved seed. I can’t quite give up my hybrid sweet corn so that might be the best I get...
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The Parks catalog came Monday. Pretty pictures, outrageous prices. Into the catalog basket it goes for a while. Next stop, File 13
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I received Totally Tomatoes and Pinetree seed catalogs a few days ago. I'm not sure if the prices changed from last year.
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Baker Creek came yesterday. Time to sit back and read what's new. They always have such interesting stuff in there from all over the world. There might be a toy for the next garden hiding in there somewhere.
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I just made an order with Baker Creek!
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Tomato Growers Supply arrived yesterday. I'm pretty set for tomatoes for this coming year but have made notes as to some potential new ones to do for the following year.
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Saving seeds is a good first step, developing landrace strains suitable for your local environment is the next step. I've seen people with coffee cans full of seeds 10 years old in their freezer, when they could have been developing them all that time. A false sense of security.

I still get all the catalogs, they come earlier every year, but I usually only order what's new out this year and piques my interest.
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So far, I've gotten the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog (the first one to arrive), Pinetree, Vermont Bean, and Totally Tomatoes catalogs.
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So far, I've gotten the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog (the first one to arrive), Pinetree, Vermont Bean, and Totally Tomatoes catalogs.
That's about what I have right now, plus Southern Exposure. Still waiting for Shumway.
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I have received Jung so far. I plan to order from Southern Exposure this time. I have seen the Baker catalog at Tractor Supply already.
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I love seed catalog season!

I have made one small order to Baker Creek (I get people seeds for Christmas) and a small MI Gardener order (they don't have a catalog but I love Luke's gardening enthusiasm - check him out on you tube).

Catalogs received thus far:

Baker Creek (the free and paid for catalog)
Heirloom Seeds (a Baker Creek company for market gardeners/bulk seed orders)
Totally Tomatoes
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