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Seed Catalogs Cure Gardener's Winter Blues

Updated on February 27, 2015

Seasons Of Change

Alas, summer is over and the growing season for many gardeners has come to it’s inevitable end. We are gratified knowing that Mother Nature rewarded our tireless gardening efforts with the bounty of her domain.

Fragrant and beautiful blooming plants abounded and performed for you all season long. The vegetable plants matured to produced tasty and nutritious food from your own garden for your own table.

The countless hours spent cultivating your garden, your masterpiece, proved the endeavor to be a labor of love !


Whew! You deserve some downtime after diligently completing months of devotion to your landscape!

For the garden, wintertime is restful. Everything is exhausted. Day length is shortened, nights are longer, and the garden reverts back to an idle state. It lies dormant and unaware of it’s previous benevolent generosity.


For the gardener , wintertime is restless. Gone is the ability to cultivate; your garden chores have been abandoned to winter‘s might.

Despite the leisure and freedom that wintertime provides we gardeners, the compulsion to cultivate remains. Springtime seems eons away. What is an anxious gardener to do?


Have you thought about requesting seed catalogs?

When the frigid winter wind is howling outside, you can relax in the comfort of your warm home and explore the colorful pages of your new seed catalogs.

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What's Inside

Inside these seed catalogs you’ll find new varieties of plant introductions for the coming year, as well as favorites that are offered year after year. Seed companies only business is selling high quality, fresh seed. Many specialized catalogs have narrow, selected fields of interest such as roses, bulbs, annual flowers, perennial plants, and vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers or potatoes.

Select seed catalogs that cater to you own individual garden or landscape.

Selecting Plants in Seed Catalogs

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Niche seed companies strive to offer hard to find heirloom varieties and organically produced seeds are in demand by today’s gardeners. Many seed catalogs also include items of interest for the discerning gardener.

Tips of the trade, helpful advice and pertinent growing information can be obtained within their pages. Printed, usually in full color, is the climate zone map which is a general rule of thumb for seasonal benchmarks. Seed sowing techniques and crucial information on specific plants make some seed catalogs vital reference material that you’ll want to keep and refer to for seasons to come. Time-saving products and new gardening innovations are featured and showcased for your review.

A Sampling Of Seed Catalogs

I have compiled a sampling of my favorite seed companies and links to their websites and catalog ordering page. I invite you to click on the ones that may be of interest to you . . . enjoy!


Abundant Life Seeds Catalog

Abundant Life Seeds’ catalog includes vegetable seeds, herb seeds, garlic and shallot bulbs, gourmet kitchen greens, mushroom kits, and garden tools and accessories.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

“All of our seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.”

“We do not buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis. We boycott all gene-altering companies. We are not members of the pro-GMO American Seed Trade Organization! We work with a network of about 100 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of our varieties we sell were collected by us on our travels abroad.”

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed’s catalog includes heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, and more.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

Burpee’s catalog includes vegetables, flowers, perennials, herbs, and heirloom seeds, plants, and supplies.

Harris Seeds Catalog

Harris’ catalog includes vegetable and flowers seeds as well as transplants, bulbs, and supplies for your garden.

Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalog

Thompson & Morgan’s catalog includes annual, biennial, and perennial seeds for vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs. They also sell organic seeds.

Urban Farmer Seed Catalog

The Urban Farmer’s catalog includes vegetable seeds and plants, annual seeds, perennial seeds, flower bulbs, organic seeds, and growing supplies.


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    • NotTooTall profile image

      NotTooTall 6 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi thoughtforce,

      Thank you for coming by and leaving your comments. I appreciate it very much.

      Seed catalogs are what daydreams are made of! :)

      N T T

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      To me, seed catalogs are like a goldmine! I usually read them in January and I create wonderful flowerbeds in my mind and on paper. It is like a promise that the winter will end! Thanks for this inspirational hub, the photos and the text describe winter for garden lovers so well! Voted up,