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NANCY SZERLAG

Gardening: Seed catalogs bring warm feelings

Nancy Szerlag
Special to The Detroit News

January is prime time for an attack of the winter ickies. I fend off these attacks by reading seed catalogs while sipping herbal tea. Many seed houses also sell plants by mail order, so don’t pass on them if you don’t grow from seed.

Due to high costs of printing and postage, many seed houses have gone to online-only catalogs. Even if you get the paper catalogs, do check out the websites for sales, blogs, gardening tips and online merchandise.

Here are some of the seed catalogs I’m perusing this month:

Territorial Seed Company (800-626-0866); TerritorialSeed.com. Paper catalog free. Huge selection and a great read. Lots of plants, but order early as they sell out.

Richters Herbs (800) 668-4372; richters.com. Paper catalog free. If you’re into herbs, Richters is a treasure trove of the unusual. Richters also offers mail-order plants, including trays of small plugs to the general public. This is a Canadian company but they ship to the U.S.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds (877) 564-6697; johnnyseeds.com. Paper catalog free. Maine based, Johnny’s specializes in cold tolerant vegetable, herb and flower seeds that are flavorful, disease resistant and good producers. Tested in organic gardens in Maine and other locations around the country.

Pinetree Garden Seeds (207) 926-3400; superseeds.com. Paper catalog free. Best prices on seeds. Now selling plants and all sorts of DIY supplies, including cosmetic and soap-making components.

Botanical Interests Seeds (877) 821-4340; botanicalinterests.com Paper catalog free. Large selection includes Asian veg, perennial flowers and organic seed. Seed packets are loaded with cultural information.

Renee’s Garden Seeds (888) 880-7228; reneesgarden.com. Online catalog only. Great selection of seeds for heirloom and cottage flower gardens, herbs, and gourmet vegetables from around the world.

Seeds From Italy (785) 748- 0959; growitalian.com. Paper catalog free. If you like all things Italian, this is the place to shop. More than 500 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds, all imported from the Old Country.

Peaceful Valley Organics (888) 784-1722 groworganic.com. Catalog $2. A one-stop shop for the organic grower – seeds, fertilizers, bare root trees and tools.

Seeds of Change (888) 762-7333; seedsofchange.com. Paper catalog free. Purveyors of certified organic seeds and seedlings.

Nancy Szerlag is a master gardener and a Metro Detroit freelance writer. Her column appears Fridays in Homestyle. To ask her a question go to Yardener.com and click on Ask Nancy. You can also read her previous columns at detroitnews.com/homestyle.