Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
|Updated once every several years to a few decades, the USDA has released an interactive GIS-based hardiness zone map for 2012. It is also available in static image form for slower connections.
A half zone increase may not sound like much - it reflects a 5 degree change - but with first and last frost times so critical, one or two weeks could make a difference between plant life and death.
Stuck in-between zones and not sure which zone you belong to? No problem -- just type in your zip code and it will tell you.
Currently, the USDA has not printed any posters of this new 2012 map, but you can download state, regional and national maps in a variety of resolutions and print them yourself.
Interactive version for higher speed internet connections
Static version for slower internet connections
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
|With experts and avid gardeners all ready to begin growing seeds indoors, it's time to get a game plan underway for your Spring garden. Browsing through catalogs is one of the finest ways to get great gardening ideas.
All of the following 30 links are verified to be working as of yesterday, January 19, 2012. Just fill out the requested information and these companies will send out a catalog at their earliest convenience. It's that simple.
NOTE: Where indicated, many of these companies also do offer a downloadable .PDF version (or other type of digital download) of the same catalog. Also keep in mind that some of these companies have not yet released their 2012 catalog, so make sure you don't request a 2011 version if you want a 2012.
DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise stated, LushGreenVA neither personally endorses or opposes any of the following merchants. Please do your own due diligence if you intend to commit financially to these organizations.
THE LIST - FREE PRINT SEED CATALOGS:
Abundant Life Seeds (.PDF version also available)
Organic and biodynamic vegetable, flower, & herb seeds. Also garden supplies and tools.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (.PDF version also available)
Pure heirloom, open-pollinated vegetable, flower, & herb seeds.
Botanical Interests (.PDF version also available)
Vegetable, flower, & herb seeds.
Heirloom, untreated and open-pollinated vegetable, flower, herb and other seeds.
Comstock Garden Seeds
Selling seeds for 200 years. Primarily Heirloom vegetable seeds, some flower & herb seeds.
Popular company selling vegetable seeds & much more.
Since 1879, selling primarily vegetable seeds.
High Mowing Organic Seeds (.PDF version also available)
100% certified organic, non-GMO vegetable, flower, & herb seeds.
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds
Vegetable, flower, herb and other seeds, plus more.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
350 varieteies of vegetable, flower, & herb seeds.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Vegetable, flower, and herb seeds.
Kitazawa Seed Co. (.PDF version also available)
Specializing in over 250 Asian vegetable seed varieties.
Selling vegetable, flower, & herb seeds in small or bulk quantities.
The Online Greenhouse
Some non-GMO and heirloom vegetable & flower Seeds, and other seed starting supplies.
Peaceful Valley Grow Organic
A section of organic vegetable and herb seeds, and open-pollinated flower seeds. Also a bunch of other stuff.
Richters (.PDF version also available)
Herb seeds, extracts, oils & more.
Seed Savers Exchange (.PDF version also available)
Non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Vegetable, flower, herb seeds, and more.
Seeds of Change (.PDF version also available)
Organic vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Also live plants, tools and supplies.
Rare, choice heirloom flower and plant seeds, as well as a few herb seeds.
My favorite, located here in Virginia. Specializing in mid-Atlantic seeds (zones 6-8) Huge and informative catalog full of vegetable, flower, & herb seeds.
Sow True Seeds (.PDF version also available - just click on catalog image!)
Vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Open-pollinated/non-hybrid & untreated seeds featuring heirloom, organic & traditional varieties.
Territorial Seed Company (online version also available)
Family owned business selling vegetable, flower, and herb Seeds. Also live plants and garden supplies.
The Cook's Garden
Packed with seeds and live plants, including vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, garden-ready plants, gardening supplies and more.
Thompson & Morgan
Quality English seeds for over 150 years. Vegetable, herb, shrub and tree seeds + much more!
Totally Tomatoes (online version also available - see link near lower left)
Tomato, pepper and vegetable seeds, plus live plants, roots and berries.
Vegetable & herb seeds as well as Spring bulbs, and seed potatoes.
Certified organic vegetable, flower, & herb seeds as well as bird feeders, tools and supplies.
Wild Garden Seed
Located in the Pacific northwest. Open-pollinated, untreated and organic vegetable & herbs seeds.
Willhite Seed Inc. (.PDF version also available)
In the seed business for 86 years. Vegetable as well as a few herb seeds.