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Seed Catalogs: Waiting for Winter to End

Is it spring yet? The new seed catalogs are rolling in and the MOTHER EARTH NEWS team is getting our indoor seed-starting shelves set up. (Here’s a great plan for a DIY seed starting bookcase!) If you haven’t yet discovered the wonderful world of seed catalogs, you’ll find a sampling of these enticing publications (and their websites) below. Seed catalogs and websites are a terrific place to learn about all aspects of gardening. Many companies offer detailed growing advice, including tips on pest control.

If you want more information on any of the companies shown, you’ll find it in our directory of over 500 mail-order seed companies. You can locate companies in your region, find out how much of their seed is certified organic, learn what their particular specialties are and plenty more.

Need a certain variety you can't find in your seed catalogs at home? Try our online custom seed search to quickly find sources for the specific varieties you're looking for. Happy seed shopping!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds(1) 

Bountiful Gardens 

Bountiful Gardens Seed Catalog 

Burgess Seed & Plant Co. 




The Cooks Garden 

The Cooks Garden 2 



Filaree Garlic Farm 

Filgaree Garlic Farm 

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman 

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman 

Johnny's Selected Seeds 


Jung Seeds & Plants 


Native Seeds/SEARCH  

Native Seed Search 

The Natural Gardening Company 

Natural Gardening Company 

Pinetree Garden Seeds & Accessories 


R.H. Shumway's 

R.H. Shumway 



Sand Hill Preservation Center 

Sand Hill 

Seed Savers Exchange 

Seed Savers Exchange 

Seeds From Italy 

Seeds From Italy 

Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Co. 

Stark Bros 

Territorial Seed Company 

Territorial Seed Company 

Totally Tomatoes 

Totally Tomatoes