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Sowing Seeds in the New Year

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In the final days of the year, we invite you to think about the seeds you would like to sow in next year’s garden.

Native Seeds/SEARCH - Seed Bank

Native Seeds/SEARCH – Seed Bank


One of our favorite winter activities is to comb through seed catalogs. There is something incredibly comforting about sitting inside on a cold rainy day, looking at beautiful images of vegetables that can only be grown in the opposite season, dreaming about what will grow in the garden next year.

Our favorite seed companies include:

The Living Seed Company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, Native Seeds/SEARCH, and Seed Saver’s Exchange.

Some excellent seed resources can also be gathered from the Organic Seed Alliance, Seven Seeds Farm and Top Leaf Farms.

Each winter we do a seed inventory, before we get too carried away ordering seeds. Do we have fresh seed for all of our old favorites – crops like ‘Lacinato’ kale, ‘Padron’ peppers (below), ‘Armenian’ cucumbers? Which crops and which varieties did best last year? Did we save seeds from any of the “open-pollinated” crops? Will the seeds we have leftover from last year still be good this year? Consider consulting a seed viability chart, like this one from High Mowing.

Padron Pepper - Renee's Garden Seeds

Padron Pepper – Renee’s Garden Seeds


We hope you enjoy this list of our favorite seed resources as well as the instructional video chapter of our Edible Gardening handbook on sowing seeds (below), to guide you if you are a beginner. Please feel free to share these resources far and wide.

Happy New Year and Happy Growing in 2016!