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I started collecting the garden catalogs that have come in and was surprised that I already have 10 of them. For some reason I only remembered about four of them, but that may be a reflection on my excitement about these four.
I believe the first in the door was Totally Tomatoes then Horticultural Products & Services Catalog. Then came Jung Seeds, Gurney's , R. H. Shumway, but the first four that really caught my attention are Pinetree Garden Seeds, The Cook's Garden, Johnny's Selected Seeds and Territorial Seed company.
I usually order from Pinetree and Johnny's, so I always look forward to them, but two surprises to me were The Cook's Garden and Territorial Seed Company. Vc xg4444444444f No, this is not a misprint or an exclamation. It was something our cat Sammy wanted to share, so this time I left it in.
This is the first year I recall getting The Cook's Garden Catalogue and at first I associated it with a well known garden and cooking writer Barbara Damrosch, but after seeing no mention of her in the pages, I looked further and saw the difference. Barbara writes a column call the "A Cook's Garden" in The Washington Post but does not appear to be connected with THE Cooks' Garden. Anyway, it has a nice touch in its' presentation of the seeds.
Same thing with Johnny's and Territorial but I keep coming back to these like a good book for growing information, great photos, interesting descriptions about the different plants and selection. Even as I wrote this, I keep picking up one or the other and finding something new.
Admittedly, I am a vegetable and herb gardener first and while I love ornamentals, food always seems to be on my mind. (No surprise with my slim figure. NOT) Most of my ornamental choices have an secondary purpose like attracting beneficial insects, repelling detrimental insects, discouraging grazing animals, adding nutrients to the soil, breaking up hard soil or sometimes herbal or food properties. Of course another purpose is to please my spouse, which is where secondary uses are not considered at all.
Pinetree is not as detailed, does not have quite the selection or flashy presentation, but they provide a much less expensive source for trying new things. Most of the seed packets in Pinetree are $2.00 or less while most of the packets in the others are $2.00 or more. Jung Seeds & Plants is somewhere between Pinetree and the others. They have packets under and above $2.00, and have decent prices on supplies and plants.
I have dealt with all but The Cook's Garden Catalogue and been please with their customer service. As more come in I will try to include thoughts about them.
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