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Gardening Catalogs / Seed Companies

See also: Nurseries.

According to the Men's Garden Club of Pittsburgh, the average last hard frost for Pittsburgh is April 20 and for outlying communities, April 30. Most of Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties is in Zone 6a of the USDA Hardiness Map. Northeastern Allegheny County, the southern two-thirds of Butler County and Westmoreland County are listed as Zone 5b.

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This is "Mother Earth News Seed and Plant Finder", a Google Custom Search Engine that searches 620 sites. Use it to find the seed of a specific plant (like Datura or Brugmansia). You can also browse the catalogs of Specialized Seed Companies below, many of which are included in this search.


Print Directory

Whealy, Kent
Garden Seed Inventory: An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seeds Available in the United States and Canada
Use this directory of vegetable seed companies by Seed Savers Exchange to locate the source for a particular vegetable variety. This is the sixth edition of this comprehensive inventory of 274 U.S. and Canadian mailorder seed catalogs with varietal descriptions and ordering information for 8,494 standard (non-hybrid) vegetables.

Online Directories

All America Selections
The official website for the AAS. All-America Selections is a non-profit organization for evaluating new seed-grown flowers and vegetables from around the world for home garden performance. Their winners are plants that adapt well to all situations. Penn State at State College runs a test garden.
Organic Seed Suppliers Search
Links to seed suppliers from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
Seeds of Diversity Canada
a non-profit group of gardeners from coast to coast who save seeds from rare and unusual garden plants for the purpose of preserving the varieties.
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member-supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.

Major Seed Companies

A wide selection of standard vegetable and flower seeds, perennials, fruit trees, herbs available for ordering online from this major seed supplier.
Gurney's Seed and Nursery Company
Indiana. Offers trees, shrubs, fruit trees and berries, vegetable and flower seeds, groundcovers, etc.
Harris Seeds
Extensive offering of vegetable and flower seeds for both the home and professional gardener from Rochester, NY.
Park Seed
The major seed supplier from South Carolina. Flower and Vegetable seeds, plants and bulbs. Online catalog and ordering.
Stokes Seeds
Stokes, in Buffalo, NY and Ontario, Canada, offers seeds and accessories for both home gardeners and commercial growers. Choose from their extensive listing of vegetables, annuals, perennials, pot plants and herbs. Browse or search and order online. Includes detailed growing instructions.
Thompson & Morgan
Thompson & Morgan is a British company but you can also buy their seeds in the United States

Specialized Seed Companies

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
This is the place to go if you want unusual varieties of vegetable seeds. If you haven't been able to find a vegetable seed elsewhere, look here. They have a beautiful print catalog and they also publish the magazine, The Heirloom Gardener.
Botanical Interests
Based in Colorado, this seed company with the beautiful botanical illustrations on their seed packets, offers flower, herb, and vegetable seeds. You can browse their flowers by color, by whether it attracts birds or butterflies, etc.
The Cook's Garden
Based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, this company offers seeds and supplies for the American kitchen garden, featuring heirloom tomatoes and peppers, mesclun selections, and other vegetable, flower and herb seeds.
Fedco Seeds
A source for cold-hardy selections especially adapted to their demanding Northeast climate (they are located in Maine). Check out their Moose Tubers (potatoes and onions). You can download their catalog.
High Mowing Organic Seeds
The East End Food CoOp carried these seeds in 2011. A good selection of colder weather crops like kale, peas, and spinach from this Vermont company.
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds
More potatoes to order from than you knew existed! All sizes and colors. Also garlic, shallots and onions.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Offering the finest gourmet vegetables, aromatic herbs and beautiful flowers seeds from around the world in your family's garden. Catalog free upon request. Lovely illustrations.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
A Maine company offering wide selection of quality vegetable, flower, and culinary, medicinal and aromatic herb seeds as well as an assortment of gardening tools, garden supplies, and home garden accessories.
Kitazawa Seed Co.
Kitazawa Seed Company is the oldest (1917) seed company in America specializing in Asian vegetable seeds. They offer seed collections like Asian Herb Garden, Asian Salad Garden, Japanese Heirloom Garden, Tsukemono Favorite Pickling Garden.
NESeed - New England Seed Company
A Hartford, Connecticut company that offers Italian gourmet seeds and certified organic seed as well as standard vegetable, flower and herb seeds.
Nichols Garden Nursery
An Oregon company that has been supplying seeds and plants by mail for over 50 years, the Nichols family seeks out choice and unusual garden varieties. Look here for hard to find vegetables and herbs.
Prairie Moon Nursery
This nursery in Minnesota offers native seeds and plants for prairie, wetland, savanna and woodland.
Reimer Seeds
This North Carolina company offers over 3,900 quality vegetable seeds, herb seeds, and flower seeds for the home garden and market growers.
Renee's Garden
Renee Shepherd of Felton, California, offers seeds of heirloom and cottage garden flowers, aromatic herbs, and gourmet vegetables from around the world. Each plant is illustrated with beautiful drawings.
Rohrer Seeds
If you are ever in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, stop by and browse through their racks of seeds. Sells seeds by the packet or by weight.
Seeds of Change
A Santa Fé, New Mexico, company offering a wide variety of Certified Organic, Open-Pollinated seeds, many of which are Heirloom, Rare and Traditional varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Based in Mineral, Virginia, this is a source for heirloom seeds and other open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds with an emphasis on vegetables, flowers, and herbs that grow well in the Mid-Atlantic region. Good selection of pumpkins and okra.
Territorial Seed Company
Online catalog of bulbs, herb, vegetable and flower seeds. Good collection of lettuces, including Brunia and others for cold weather. Also fava beans. Available in 3 packet sizes. Culture information available. Located in Oregon.
Tomato Growers Supply Company
For a truly large selection of tomatoes and pepper seeds! Browse and order online from this Florida company. Fully illustrated.
A supplier of over 600 varieties of Organic Heirloom Tomato Seeds from California.
Totally Tomatoes
Offers heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and peppers. Located in Randolph, Wisconsin.
Victory Seeds
A family-run seed company located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon offering open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable seeds, herb and flower seeds. Order online. Check out their beans.

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  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Heritage seeds: A good save
    A May 12, 2011, article about an effort by Jen Montgomery and Greg Boulos of Blackberry Meadows Farm to create the Heritage Seed Collective, a project designed to bring back the lost foods and flavors enjoyed by our Western Pennsylvania ancestors by saving heirloom seeds.

Seed Starting / Saving Books

Whealy, Kent
Garden Seed Inventory: An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seeds Available in the United States and Canada
Use this directory of vegetable seed companies by Seed Savers Exchange to locate the source for a particular vegetable variety. This is the sixth edition of this comprehensive inventory of 274 U.S. and Canadian mailorder seed catalogs with varietal descriptions and ordering information for 8,494 standard (non-hybrid) vegetables.
Ashworth, Suzanne
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener
This complete seed-saving guide from the Seed Savers Exchange describes specific techniques for 160 vegetables, including botanical classifications, flower structure and pollination, population size, isolation distances, and techniques.
Bubel, Nancy
The New Seed-Starters Handbook
SB121 .B83 1988
This 385 page Rodale Press classic will tell you all you need to know.
Coulter, Lynn
Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation
SB117.C74 2006
In these beautifully illustrated pages, Lynn Coulter describes fifty old-fashioned species that have their roots in the past, from the Frenchman's Darling, a flowering herb whose seeds were pocketed by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in 1798, to Snow White beets, an old Dutch favorite that will not stain the cook's fingers red.
Gardener to Gardener Seed-Starting Primer & Almanac: Hundreds of Great Ideas, Tips, and Techniques from Gardeners Just Like You
SB453.5.G34 2002
Another Rodale publication in which rganic gardeners reveal their best tips and tricks for starting seeds, creating healthy soil, tending the garden, and stretching the growing season.
The Heirloom Life Gardener
Gettle, Jere & Emilee Gettle
The Heirloom Life Gardener
SB453.5.G48 2011
The Gettles run the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in the Missouri Ozarks and are proponents of the local food movement and nonhybrid, open-pollinated seeds.
Gough, Robert and Cheryl Moore-Gough
The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs
q SB118.3.G68 2011
As a means of creating crop diversity, saving money and having fun as well, the Goughs recommend saving seeds from your own garden and show you how. Both are horticulturalists from Montana State University.
Murphy, Katie A.
The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
SB118.38.M87 2011
How to select plants, collect the seeds and save them for sowing next year.
Navazio, John
The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices.
Ray, Janisse
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
SB117.3.R39 2012
Gardeners a century ago had five times as many seed choices as today: we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to industrial monocultures. The Seed Underground tells the stories of seed-savers who preserve traditional plants by simply growing and eating old varieties.
Silvertown, Jonathan
An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds
QK661.S558 2009
Beginning with the evolution of the first seed plant from fernlike ancestors more than 360 million years ago, Silvertown carries his tale through epochs and around the globe, showing how seeds have evolved to meet challenges.
Wheeler, Chris and Valerie Wheeler
Success with Seeds
SB453.W426 2003
Beginners will appreciate the easy-to-follow instructions, while experienced gardeners will value the host of special tips and tricks.
Young, James A. and Cheryl G. Young
Collecting, Processing, and Germinating Seeds of Wildland Plants
SB439.28 .Y68 1986
For those who want to collect seeds from native plants and grow them.

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