In the midst of a cold, snowy January — when the fragile glass Christmas ornaments were safely tucked away and the Valentine’s chocolates were still a distant promise — my grandmother knew what to do to bring sunlight and summer into the house: She sat down and began pouring through the myriad FREE seed and nursery catalogues that started to arrive in her mailbox after the New Year.
Whether you have a couple of acres, a plot in a community garden, or a few of pots on the balcony of your apartment, you, too can escape to summer by leafing through FREE gardening catalogues and making selections from the dizzying array of fruits and vegetable seeds they offer.
We’ve made a list of a dozen of our favorite sources for seeds (and fruit trees) and included links to their websites, as well as links to their catalogue request forms. If you’re worried about too much paper in your mailbox, most companies also have online editions of their catalogues that you may read online as flipbooks or download as PDFs.
Even if you order a paper catalogue, you may want to take a few minutes to browse each website for deals. Many had discounts and other incentives (free seeds!) for ordering early.
If you know about some terrific seed and nursery companies with free catalogues that aren’t on our list, please share your knowledge with the rest of us by leaving a comment.
That said, you’ll find our list after this jump:
Free catalogue: http://www.burpee.com/ancillary/catalogrequest.do
The Cook’s Garden
Free catalogue: http://www.cooksgarden.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/catalog.requestForm
Free catalogue: http://www.gardensalive.com/catalog_request_qas.asp
Jung Seeds and Plants
Free catalogue: http://www.jungseed.com/RequestCatalog.asp
Seeds of Change
Free catalogue: http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/catalog_request.aspx
Seed Savers Exchange
Free catalogue: http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx
Territorial Seed Company
Free catalogue: http://www.territorialseed.com/catalog_request
Free catalogue: http://www.totallytomato.com/orderCatalog.asp
Two FREE Packets of seed (our choice) will be added to every $5 order placed by March 15, 2010
Trees of Antiquity (Heirloom fruit trees)
Free catalogue: http://www.treesofantiquity.com/index.php?main_page=page_5
Urban Farmer Seeds
Free catalogue: http://www.ufseeds.com/Request-a-Catalog_94.html
Vermont Bean Seed Company
Sorry, supply of 2010 catalogues already depleted
White Flower Farm
Free catalogue: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/cgi-local/cataloguerequest.pl
NB: In most instances, free catalogues are only mailed to addresses in the 48 contiguous United States