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How to Get Free Seed Catalogs In the Mail

Updated on March 3, 2017

Free seed catalogs start arriving in the mailbox in January. This is a good time to browse and decide what you would like to include in your garden in the spring. Many new varieties are offered each year and it is fun to try a few new ones.

There are a few things to keep in mind when ordering your seeds. Ordering from a company near your growing zone will guarantee plants that will do well in your area. Look for disease resistance. There is nothing more disappointing then having a beautiful plant that suddenly gets struck by disease.

The first step to take before ordering a catalog, is to plan out your garden. You need to decide how many seeds you need per person of each variety. It is easy to get carried away when you order.

If you haven’t recieved any catalogs in the mail, some companies will send you theirs free. Most will send you one next year, if you place an order with them. If you don’t want to bother, you can view many of them online.

Warning! Browsing seed catalogs is fun, but you'll long for the summer months when there is still snow on the ground. Spring will seem like it will never arrive.

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Companies That Offer Free Catalogs

When ordering free catalogs, choose just the ones that you will actually use.The catalogs are expensive to print and only ordering those you might use, helps keep the price of seeds down. All of these companies have online catalogs that you can view. You might want to try that first.

Here are the links to get free catalogs. Be sure to check their sites, since most offer yearly specials if you order early.

As the name implies, Baker seeds sell heirloom vegetable seeds. Their catalog is quite informative. It even includes a recipe for Eggplant Cake, Eggplant Cutlets, and more. Lots of unusual old-time varieties are included.

Offers over 500 varieties of vegetable, flower and herb seeds. They also have a large variety of untreated and heirloom seeds.

Burpee offers a wide variety of seeds for annuals and perennials of both flowers and vegetables. You will also find herb seeds and gardening supplies available.

Burpee is a dependable company and you can rely on their seeds. Many of their varieties can be found in you local stores, but the catalog offers more choices.

Gurneys was one of my favorites when my kids were still at home. Back then they offered a mixed packet of seeds for kids for a penny. I couldn't find that on their site anymore though. If you order online from them, they offer daily deals.

Offered here are shrubs, seeds for everything you can think of, strawberries, trees and gardening supplies. I was always happy with the seeds I ordered, but their plants were small.

This company has been around since 1879, so they must be dependable. Sorry to say, I've never tried them. They offer flower, herb and vegetable seeds along with gardening supplies.

I've ordered from this catalog in the past. They are much like Gurneys. They offer vegetable, flower and herb seeds along with gardening supplies.

Stokes offers herb, flower and vegetable seeds. They have been around for years, so you can rely on them. The company also sells to commercial growers.

They offer a wide variety of vegetable, flower and herb seeds. You can buy live plants from them also.

As the name implies, you'll find tomato seeds galore. They offer herbs, peppers and other seeds too. If you are searching for cilantro,stevia or other hard to find herbs, they offer some unusual items.

Urban Farmer offers vegetable, flower and herb seeds, indoor herb gardens and seed potatoes. They offer a free email newsletter you might want to sign up for, because it says you'll receive coupons in it.

They offer unusual varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds.

Be a Good Neighbor - Recycle Your Catalogs

Enjoy the seed catalogs that you receive. Be sure to recycle them by passing them along to your gardening friends.


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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Little Grandmommy, Seed catalogs are fun to go through and dream. I'm happy I provided some new ones for you to look at and maybe find some new to order. Thanks for reading.

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      Gail 5 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      Thanks for the information. Amazinly enough, I found a couple listed that I'm not already receiving! Great hub!

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Kate, Thanks for that info. I will change it.

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      Kate L 5 years ago

      Jung's Garden & Seed company was NOT bought out & now owned by the same people as Gurneys - Jung's is still to this day owned and operated by the same Jung family that began it - in it's I believe 4th (or 5th?) generation now. I know, I live here - went to school with the Jung boys back in the 60's, knew their grandfather, and to this day still go right to the mother operation in Randolph WI to pick out & purchase nearly all my fruit trees & shrubs.

      I looked at the bottom of Gurney's webpage and it distinctly states the LLC that owns them now - and it is not a Jung's affiliate.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Jennifer, Thanks for visiting and commenting and voting up.

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you for sharing. Bookmarked and voted up : )

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Kris and Mary, Thanks for viewing the list and I hope you enjoy your free catalogs. I love to dream, but it makes winter seem so much longer.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for all this good info! You have compiled some great lists here. I love getting catalogs in the mail I voted this UP, useful & interesting.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      This is the time of year I start dreaming of warmer weather and little seedlings popping up! So many seed options to choose from:)