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UPDATED for 2021-Here is a list of my favorite SEED and GARDENING catalogs that I use.



Seed Saver Exchange—As a SSE member I want to support this non-profit organization who is dedicated to CONSERVING and promoting heirloom varieties of veggies, flowers, fruits and herbs. It’s catalog is wonderful with many varieties of seeds that are hard to find or have been kept in families for generations.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds—It features beautiful pictures of all many varieties of heirloom vegetables, flowers and fruits, many of which are very unusual and rare. It gives wonderful descriptions and history of where each variety originated. Check them out.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange– recommended by Baker Heirlooms as another good source for heirlooms. Has many hard to find vegetable seeds.

Wild Boar Farms—specialize in fantastic OP varieties of tomatoes.

Baia Nicchia Farm—specialize in more fantastic OP varieties of tomatoes. Created the Artisan Seed Series of tomatoes in Johnny’s Seeds catalog. Support their company for certain select seeds not available anywhere else and go to Johnny’s for the rest of their Artisan tomato seeds. Support their breeding work by buying directly from them.

Secret Seed Cartel—specialize in unique, unusual or rare seeds of peppers and tomatoes from

Wild Garden Seeds—My new go to catalog for wonderful greens and lettuce (You can buy in smaller amounts not by the ounce. The packet price listed on top of catalog pages)

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds—Sells many wonderful hard to find heirloom seeds like Argentata chard and French gray shallots.

Kitazawa Seed Company—Oldest seed company in America specializing in Asian vegetable seeds.

Irish Eyes Garden Seeds—Get your different types of potatoes here.

Native Seed/SEARCH—fabulous seeds by native people in the southwest.

Peaceful Valley—I get all my row cover and most of my growing supplies from

Johnny’s Selected Seeds—provides hybrid, heirloom and OP seeds, tools, information, and service. A general all-purpose catalog packed with more than just seeds.

Territorial Seed Company—I get my 5″ round peat pot from them for starting my giant pumpkins (most companies sell up to 4 ” size of peat pots).

There are many other good seed companies that do not buy their seed stock from Seminis.  To see more good seed companies that may be among your favorites, go here. If your favorite seed company is not listed, call them if you are interested.

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8 comments on “catalogs

  1. Gennie Fretty says:

    Thank you for the Sunflower seeds and for the great display of you talents. When will you write a book for us old timers.we need your help. A Master Gardener’s Hand Book, or what?


  2. Katherine says:

    Thank you for this great info – just moved to Santa Fe so it is very helpful!


  3. YOU are the BEST!!! Thank you for sharing your experiences and adventures so GENEROUSLY!
    love xxx Lynne


  4. M. Darlene Wigger says:

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful information and your gardening experiences. I’m working in my son’s garden in Missouri . this year was bad because of the fungus, so I’ll be working on the ground to get it healthier for next year !!!! love reading all your STUFF !!!


  5. Edna Winningham says:

    Please send catalogs 145 Union Lane. Livingston TN 38570


  6. Michal Gajewski says:


    This site is wonderful. I just moved to Santa Fe from the Garden State. I had raised ves in Jersey and was planning on setting those up here. I see that you mostly plant from seeds. Is that correct? Since I’m just starting out this year I will probably just plant some baby veggies. Do you have any suggestions for some good nurseries that carry vegetables in the spring? Additionally, for the raised beds I used Grownomics in the past but most people here just get some lumber and build their own planters, right? When do you think you’ll be restarting your classes? I have so much to learn about planting in this environment.




    • Welcome to Santa Fe. I do start many seeds inside under lights and warm season crops like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers need a heat mat as well but cool season crops like lettuce, spinach, and greens need the lights but can be started with no heat mats. Growing in front of a window is problematic as the seedlings never get enough light and get spindly. Then I transplant them out at the appropriate times. Many warm season crops like summer squash, winter squash, corn, carrots, green beans can be direct seeded in the ground AFTER all danger of frost. Also kale, chard, radishes, which are cooler crops can be direct seeded earlier as they are more cold tolerant. Buying starts is an excellent way to go for a head start if you are not set up to start seeds. I still buy some veggie starts from Agua Fria Nursery

      The best thing you could do is create good soil with your own compost. You can also buy garden soil from Paynes Soil Yard which is good for new beds.It is sold in bulk so bring a truck or have it delivered. Coming from the east coast, do not put fireplace ashes in your beds as they will make the soil more alkaline which we already have. I know back east you had more acidic soil but not out here-just the opposite problem.

      Nuraeries: I go to all of them but like Agua Fria Nursery best for veggie starts. I like Newmans for topsoil and mushroom compost in bags.
      I like Paynes for Mycorrhizal products, shallots and garlic in spring
      I like many heirloom varieties and get many of my seeds from Baker Heirloom Seeds, Seed Saver Exchange, Johnny seeds, and many other more specialized seeds or hard to find seeds come from other companies.

      Classes: Not sure when that will go up again, need to get a vaccine first.

      Building raised beds-many people use Douglass fir or pine from Home Depot (but don’t get that red looking wood at Home Depot as it is pressure treated) I’ve had beds made out of those pine or fir woods an they are fine for about 6-7 years. I now prefer Lowe’s for real redwood for my raised beds and recently framed all of them in the last 3 years. Quite a chunk of change so you may want to go a little less expensive on the wood.

      Feel free to write me with more questions at And really look at the GARDEN TOPICS section on this website blog to see specific info. You will find it on the far right column towards the bottom. Good luck!


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