Make Laundry Soap That Does Not Separate

12 01 2015

IMG_5263Making your own laundry soap is a chore, it takes discipline, and some patience. For me, it is about frugality, getting back to basics and/or preparing for an emergency. But, it’s not for everyone. I can attest to the fact that it definitely saves money, sometimes just costing pennies a load!  Before you get started, here are a few basic tips:

  • For the soap bars required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Avoid using heavily perfumed soaps.

Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles of most grocery stores.

Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the ingredients if their clothes look dingy.

Here’s my very simple recipe (I doubled the recipe below so I don’t have to makeIMG_5265 as often)

IMG_5267PRIMARY STEPS:

  1. Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. While that is heating, mix the borax and washing soda together in a bowl, mixing well, set aside. If you’re grating the soap,grate the soap over a large bowl. If you’re using a food processor, take your bar of soap and cut it into small pieces. Then,grate/chop it into fine pieces/flakes. (This is another benefit of theFelsNaptha or the 0%superfat bar. They’ll tend to grate/chop up much easier). A note on fragrance: The Fels Naptha soap has a fragrance added to it…which I don’t mind at all. If you’ve made your own laundry base soap, you can add a fragrance or essential oil of your choice. Many folks will use orange or lavender or some other “clean” smelling scent. Or they’ll just leave the scent out completely. The scent doesn’t affect the cleaning effectiveness of the soap.
  2. Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. Add the freshly grated soap to the water in the saucepan, stirring almost constantly. Reduce the heat to medium, It will takeapproximately 10 – 15 minutes for theFelsNaptha to completely dissolve. If it takes longer, your heat wasn’t up high enough. Heat over medium heat and stir continuously until completely melted. Do NOT let it boil over as it will make a horrible soapy endless mess every where.While that is heating, mix the borax and washing soda together in a bowl, mixing well, set aside.
  3. Once the Fels Naptha has completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add in the Borax and the Washing Soda, stirring constantly until the powders are completely dissolved, this will take about 3-5 minutes. Do not under-stir or your soap texture will be very grainy rather than smooth. (You can fee the “graininess” on the bottom of the pan, once you can’t feel it, it’s incorporated fully!)
  4. Fill a large 5 gallon pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot mixture. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Then add the washing soda and borax, again stirring until very well mixed.
  6. Set aside, cover and let cool over night.

Note For Liquid Versions: This will result in a lumpy, goopy and gel-like, mixture, if you keep it in this state. This is normal. Just give it a good stir or shake before using. Make sure to keep covered with a lid when not in use. You can also pour the mixture in old (and cleaned) detergent bottles and shake well before each use, I poured it into bottles the first two batches I made using a funnel.

Optional: You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover. Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

PART II: ADAPTATION & A CHANGE IN THE FINAL PROCESS

Now, here is where I personally adapted the recipe, because I did not like the separation. Sometimes I just would get very, very watery liquid out of the old laundry jugs, sometimes it clogged and I always had to shake the large old laundry jugs vigorously, with inconsistent results.

So I thought there has to be a better way… here is my adaptation once all the ingredients are melted, dissolved and mixed together.

  1. Pour the liquid equally into quart Mason jarsIMG_5158
  2. Add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” or Rounded part of the jar, leaving approximately 1 ½ inches of headspace. Turn upside down.
  3. Let set for 2-4 hours. Optimally 3-4 for best consistency in the next steps. The bottom layer will become very, very thick. It will be separaIMG_5157ted liquid and the gel.
  4. There are two ways to do this next step, depending on what you have for equipment. Here’s how I like to do it- unscrew the blade and bottom from your blender and screw them onto yIMG_5156our regular mouthed mason jar containing all of your ingredients.
  5. Place the entire mason jar on the blender and whip until smooth and creamy throughout, about a minute. Flip back over, unscrew the blender blade, attach a cover and seal.
  6. The detergent is Smooth and creamy with the same look and consistency of mayonnaise.IMG_5349
  7. Be sure to label and date the jar to prevent accidental ingestion!!

How to USE this Very Concentrated Laundry Soap

To use, add 1 Tablespoon to a load of laundry in any type of machine, conventional, Front Loader, High Capacity & High Efficiency (HE), etc. Do not add the detergent to the “detergent compartment” but instead directly with the dirty clothes.

PART III- MY ADAPTATION TO THE TABLESPOON

IMG_5274I did not like scooping the thick goopy soap with the tablespoon, holding it ever so carefully while trying to bend over and get it into my front loading he machine without spilling any nor getting my hands all soapy. Just seemed it would get all over stuff over time. Messy. Capricorns don’t like messes and clutter. Efficiency is the name of the game here. Hmmm….think shampoo or hair conditioner squirt bottles?

So, I went browsing around Walmart and bought a glass drinking jar with a sippy cup that had a sealed strawhole on the lid. I was excited! I then found an old shampoo/conditioner pumper and fitted the pumper snuggly into the lid hole.

I screwed the lid on the mason jar and viola, it works.

How much do I use? Well I experimented with how many squirts would equal a Tablespoon. I got about 6-7 squirts, for a Tablespoon worth.  I simply pick up the jar and pump 7 squirts into the front loading machine.  IMG_5262Done.

Epiloque:

It has taken a bit of experimentation, and adaptation. But, I am very happy with the results so far. I will experiment with lavender next, as I have some growing on my property.

And, I have to give credit where credit is due. I got this recipe which I adapted from the Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce Post.   All in all, I made 13 quarts of very thick, very very concentrated laundry soap. Time will tell how long this batch lasts me. The size of the jar is manageable and the cost is very low. I do this sort of thing in the winter, when I have more time on my hands. Canning season, is not the time to be making it- at least for me, anyway.

IMG_5349Where Can One Buy the Fels Naptha?

  • Check the laundry aisle in your local grocery store or Walmart.
  • Fels Naptha is made by The Dial Corp. You can check this website to locate the nearest store that carries this soap: Henkel North America – Store Location.
  • You can order it online at Amazon.

The following FAQ’s below are for those who might have questions which thankfully have come from TipNut, and I thought they were great answers.

Help! It’s Too Thick, Too Watery, Too Chunky, It Separated, It’s A Solid Mass, It Doesn’t Look Like I Think It Should!

  • Making homemade laundry detergent is not an exact science. If it turns out differently than expected, still give it a try since the ingredients are all there. I can’t tell you what you did wrong or why a batch turned out differently than expected. If you followed directions to a “T” (stirred really well, used hot water, measured correctly, etc.), then the likely culprit is the brand of soap used. If the mixture gelled into a solid mass, try mixing in more hot water. If it’s too thin, try adding more soap or Borax or Washing Soda.

Where Do You Buy Washing Soda?

  • The brand of washing soda I’m most familiar with is Arm & Hammer.
  • Look in the laundry aisle of your grocery store or Walmart, that’s where I find it.
  • You can order it online, do a search for “Arm & Hammer Washing Soda”.
  • It’s apparently also known as Soda Ash and can be found at art supply stores, JoAnn Fabrics.
  • Try asking your local grocer to order it for you if they don’t carry it. The UPC code is 33200-03020 or 033200-030201.
  • You can try calling Church & Dwight the suppliers/makers for Arm & Hammer Washing Soda…1-800-524-1328…give them a UPC # 33200-03020 and they can direct you on where to find it locally or purchase it through them over the phone. You can also contact them via their website here: Church & Dwight – Arm & Hammer.

It Doesn’t Look Like Commercial Brands, It Looks Like Goopy Glop!

  • Congrats! That’s how it’s supposed to look.

I Have Hard Water & My Clothes Don’t Come Out That Clean, Suggestions?

  • Try adding baking soda or Oxyclean or vinegar as laundry boosters, suggestions for baking soda are to start with 1/2 cup per load.

Aren’t Washing Soda & Borax Caustic? Poisonous? Are They Safe To Handle?

  • As with all cleaners, common sense is needed when handling soaps and detergents. Going against dire, dire warnings about how dangerous Borax and Washing Soda are to the skin, I handled all ingredients with bare hands and experienced no burns and all flesh is still intact. If I had small cuts or scrapes on my skin, my experience may have been different. To be safe you may wish to use rubber gloves. Avoid breathing in any of the powders and ingredients. I imagine breathing in a mouthful of commercial laundry detergent, or getting it in my eyes or up my nose, would be very uncomfortable and unwise, the same goes for homemade detergent ingredients. It goes without saying: Don’t eat it to find out if it’s poisonous or not. And of course: Keep this out of reach of kiddos just like you would for any other cleaner, detergent or soap.

Can It Be Used In Cold Water Instead Of Hot?

  • Sure it can. If you notice clothes don’t come out as clean as you’d like, try a laundry booster such as vinegar or oxyclean.

Freshly Washed Clothes Smell Like Nothing! Can You Add Essential Oils For Fragrance? If So, How Much Do I Add?

  • You bet! Essential oils are a nice touch to homemade detergents (freshly laundered clothes really don’t have any nice fragrance added with homemade detergent). How much you add depends on how strong the fragrance is that you’ve chosen and what recipe you are using. Experiment for yourself to see what you like best. For starters you can try these two suggestions as guidelines: Recipe #4 (Powdered) I’d start with 5 drops, mixed in very well. Recipe #9 (Powdered) I’d start with 20 to 25 drops, mixed in very well. Also noted in the original post: You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent.

Can I Still Use Bleach?

  • Bleach has been used by myself successfully with no harmful effects. You will want to watch the ingredients in your soap items though (make sure the bar you use can be mixed with bleach safely), bleach will react negatively with vinegar for example.

Is There A Residue On Clothes After Washing?

  • I haven’t noticed it but if you do, here are a couple things you can try: Increase the water amount, decrease the load size or decrease the detergent used per wash. You can also try a vinegar rinse by using a Downy ball or add vinegar during the rinse cycle.

Is Borax or Washing Soda Safe For The Environment? I’m Trying To Find An Eco-Friendly Solution!

  • According to this website, washing soda is environmentally friendly: Root-cn.com.
  • Borax is an ingredient included in many “Green” recipes.
  • I would guess that it’s not the most environmentally friendly option out there, but it would be better than most regular commercial detergents.

How Much Should I Use Per Load Of Wash?

  • Read the instructions for the particular recipe you’re using, each of them have suggested amounts to use. Feel free to adjust as needed.

Ugh! This Stuff Didn’t Clean My Clothes At All!

  • It could be one of two things: not enough detergent used in the load or the brand of bar soap used in the recipe. Experiment with the amount of detergent you use in the wash, you should discover the needed amount. The suggested amounts to use per load may not be right in your case since the brand of bar soap you used might not be as good a cleaner as others.

Is It Really Worthwhile Making Your Own?

  • The powdered laundry detergents are the easiest to manage in my opinion (for both mixing and storing). It doesn’t cost that much to give it a shot and see how you like it. If you do find it works well for you–imagine the money you’ll save over time!

Adding Some Antiseptic Quality

This is a great tip sent in by Susan and I think it should be added to this main section so it doesn’t get missed (thank you Susan!)…

  • For readers who were worried about bacteria surviving in the wash using cold water they could try using Dr. Bronner’s tea-tree soap or adding tea-tree oil to their detergent for it’s antiseptic properties. I’ve had some success with this. I used this soap on my son when his winter eczema became irritated and resulted in a bad skin infection. It cleared up in about half the amount of time his pediatrician predicted. Also, adding vinegar to the fabric softener cup on the washer will help to keep things more sanitary by breaking up leftover wash residues.




In the Heat of the Summer

6 08 2015

The homesteadIt’s been a busy spring and summer. I am in between plantings and harvesting and have a few moments to exhale. My good news is that I applied to particGarden 2015ipate in a local farmers market and I was accepted! This means all the seeds I have been growing, drying and storing will be available. It’s all hand done and very time intensive. I am not a seed company, but sure would like to make a positive impact on other people’s lives with NGMO/Heirloom seeds.

Painted LadyThis year’s experiment has been the Baby Hubbard Squash. It has a great history and story. It seems it may have first arrived in Marblehead, MA in the 1700’s aboard sailing ships from the West Indies.

James J. H. Gregory, author of Squashes and How to Grow Them (1867)had a few stories about the origin of the Hubbard Squash. An elderly woman, who remembers tasting Hubbard squash when she was young, told Gregory that a man named Green brought the first Hubbard to Marblehead around 1798. Another story has Elizabeth Hubbard, the Gregory’s washerwoman, giving Gregory seeds, which she had gotten from Captain Knot Martin, who got them from an un-named woman gardener.

This eventually started Gregory in the seed business, and since the Gregory’s were so fond of “Ma’am Hubbard” (“a good, humble soul”) the variety was named for her. The Hubbard squash was formally introduced to American gardens by James J. H. Gregory (1857) from Marblehead, Massachusetts. He became an authority on squashes, publishing in 1893, Squashes: how to grow them.

But, in 1981 Louise Martin Cutler, a Marblehead historian, noted that her great-aunt Sarah Martin (sister to Captain Knot Martin) actually developed the squash. Sarah and her sister Martha were well known in Marblehead as gardeners, but since Sarah was quite bashful and timid about approaching the Gregory’s, she entrusted the seed to her friend Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbard. So what we now call the Hubbard squash could have been known as the Martin squash.

  • Some Other Facts about the Squash Family:
    • For pie, Pilgrims first hollowed out a pumpkin, filled it with apples, sugar, spices and milk, then put the stem back on and baked.
    • One of the first published recipes for pumpkin pie (Pompkin Pudding) was in Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American cookery. This the first cookbook to be written by an American and published in the United States <http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tri054.html>
    • An average pumpkin weighs 10-20 pounds, though the Atlantic Giant variety can weigh 400-600 pounds, enough for perhaps 300 pies!
    • Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew squash in their gardens.
    • Squashes are a good source of minerals, carotenes and vitamin A, with moderate quantities of vitamins B and C. Summer squash is high in water content, thus low in calories.

Description/Taste

Plump in the middle and tapered at the neck, the Hubbard squash is wrapped in a very hard, bumpy skin ranging anywhere from a dark bronze-green to pale bluish-green to a light golden or orange in color. Inside this winter variety’s seriously tough skin is a tender, golden yellow, fine grained, rather dry and mealy, dense flesh that offers a rich flavor. Hubbard squash can weigh anywhere from five to fifteen pounds and are most often marketed in cut pieces.

Applications

Difficult to peel and cube because of its rigid exterior, Hubbard squash is most often cooked in its skin. Carefully halve Hubbard squash, if they are purchased whole, remove seeds and roast, cut-side down, until tender when pierced with fork. Prepare the same way if purchasing pre-cut sections. Scoop cooked flesh from the skin and puree into soup or stew. Cooked squash can also be mixed with wild rice or whole grains and baked into casseroles. For a sweet preparation, mix pureed squash with cream, sugar, eggs, spices and bake into pie. To store whole squash, keep in a dry cool area. Refrigerate plastic-wrapped cut pieces up to five days.

Ethnic/Cultural Info

Fond of squash for centuries in America, this vegetable has become a traditional fall and winter dish with its warm, soothing, comforting, delicious flavor.





Win Free Seeds – Spring Contest

5 05 2015

The recenAlice's Seed Box for Essay Contestt events in Baltimore and other cities have brought about more communication questions than answers, and these questions often do not produce the results or signigicant changes that citizens need, much less jobs or food to feed people.

I believe we can start a dialog for change through collaborative community projects.

Therefore, I and my colleaques at Flatlands Avenue LLC  though their Patriot Made Audio project are offering free garden seeds for spring planting, as part of our celebration of Mother’s Day and spring.

Therefore would like to inspire some of our own “seeds of hope and seeds of change” through a spring garden essay contest about how you would propose to help create hope and change.

Send your essay to patmadeaudio@gmail.com  and please put Spring Garden Contest in the subject line. The deadline is Sunday, May 10th on Mother’s Day (before midnight).  We look forward to awarding three individual seed boxes filled with a variety of seeds, to three lucky winners.

All you need to do is send us an original short essay proposing how you would best use the seeds by growing food for yourself and for others, and how you’ll further save and share new seeds with other family members, an organization. or as a joint collaborative project in your community.

The best ideas or most creative plans win!  

Potentially, in time, hundreds of people could be fed, at little to no cost through our seeds of hope and seeds of change spring contest. Such a project could feed change and better communication in communities.

The essay must be 500 words, or less.

The seed boxes are original pieces of art created by me (Alice Fisher).  This past weekend, I refurbished a few cigar boxes (hand sanded, painted and varnished them) and then packaged up a selection of her own heirloom, non-genetically modified (NGMO) seeds which I grew, dried and hand saved by myself on my small farm in Frederick County, Maryland.

The essay deadline date is Sunday, May 10th at midnight, and if you need some ideas for your essay, try a quick visit to Garden.org for more information and inspiration about gardening.

Rita Rich at Flatlands Avenue would like to follow-up with the winners in about three or four months with a special podcast interview, once your seeds of hope seeds of change projects have been implemented, and with any pictures you’d like to share as well.

We have three handcrafted seed boxes, filled with 10 – 14 different seed varieties which we’ll send out FREE to our three winners.

These simple hand painted boxes would possibly make a great Mother’s Day garden gift, or some kind of project for all the senior moms in a community, city or for a school to feed children.

The seeds, will keep for up to 25 years, if they stored in a freezer, and can be used for many years to come.

Please share with us your gardening dreams and creative community ideas, and we’ll share with you our seeds of hope and change from my very own garden.

It’s our way of saying, Happy Mother’s Day and happy gardening to you and yours, as you build memories together.

Seeds hold the promise of hope and change, maybe even better communication. Email us your essay at patmadeaudio@gmail.com.   Please write Spring Garden Contest in the subject line.





We Need Better Solutions! And, It’s not GMO!

21 04 2013

I have not planted my garden yet. It’s been a weird spring here within the DC metro with wild weather patterns ranging from snow 3 weeks ago, to 90+ degrees last week and back to 32 degrees again this morning.

My seed starts are up, but I had to bring them in the past two nights.  Since I am not planting and it’s so cold outside, I have some time on my hands today.

What’s s on my mind right now is that nearly 48 million people are on food stamps, as reported by USDA.   The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 per person, per meal). The computations for the 2012 poverty guidelines are available.

The simple fact is that many many  older Americans are NOT being HIRED, are out of unemployment benefits and on food stamps.

I am able to eat, because I garden and I live by a motto my father used to tell us as kids. “Hard work never killed anyone”

But, Boy, oh Boy have I worked hard. I heard somewhere in the past that “Necessity is the mother of all “invention.”  I tend to agree.

So, I have had to get very creative over the past year or so to solve my own food requirements. Hence, I am doing a lot of gardening and canning.

The purpose of this blog is a result of one of my biggest concerns, in that people are being forced to buy and eat Genetically Modified Foods (GMO foods). Especially the poorest of poor, because they are on food stamps/SNAP.

This is my humble opinion.

Something more proactive needs to be done to provide people with better food information, healthier food resources beyond SNAP and food shelters, so that they are NOT forced to only eat GMO processed food.

Here is an informative video of an 11 year speaking about the problem of our food system and GMO foods. 

If this stuff is important to you, if your health is important to you, if your children having enough GOOD food is important to you then you still have choices, even if you are living on next to NOTHING.

Here are some resources and steps for ANY interested reader who may be concerned about any potential health risks from eating and buying    GMO foods.

1) Download an AP for your cell phone to shop better and buy NON GMO foods

2) Download a NON GMO printable shopping guides, both in English and Spanish to choose to buy NON GMO food.

3) Dine out and eat NON GMO foods  Guide

4) Learn more about the milk you drinking, and feeding your families and children. This is more important than you may think.  Be informed.  Wikipedia provides more information…. near the bottom of the page it lists which main stream stores do NOT carry milk tainted with the growth hormone rbgh…this is important for mothers, families and children who drink lots of MILK.

(And for those wanting a quick read, here is some more info on MILK. In 1994, the FDA approved the sale of Monsanto’s controversial rbgh. This ge hormone is injected into dairy cows to force them to produce more milk. Scientists have warned that significantly higher levels (400-500% or more) of a potent chemical hormone, Insulin-Like Growth Factor (igf-1), in the milk and dairy products of rbgh injected cows, could pose serious hazards such as human breast, prostate, and colon cancer. A number of studies have shown that humans with elevated levels of igf-1 in their bodies are much more likely to get cancer. The us Congressional watchdog agency, the gao, told the fda not to approve rbgh. They argued that injecting the cows with rbgh caused higher rates of udder infections requiring increased antibiotic treatment. The increased use of antibiotics poses an unacceptable risk for public health. In 1998, Monsanto/fda documents that had previously been withheld, were released by government scientists in Canada showing damage to laboratory rats fed dosages of rbgh. Significant infiltration of rbgh into the prostate of the rats as well as thyroid cysts indicated potential cancer hazards from the drug. Subsequently, the government of Canada banned rbgh in early 1999. The European Union (eu) has had a ban in place since 1994. Although rbgh continues to be injected into 10% of all us dairy cows, no other industrialized country has legalized its use. The gatt Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations food standards body, has refused to certify that rbgh is safe).

5) You can buy NON GMO Seeds, from companies like Baker Creek (they have a great little blog too), and your plant food in containers or in kids plastic pools and save your seeds ( see my previous posts about NON GMO seed catalogs and my own test examples of saving seeds.  You will eat better, be healthier, lose weight, feel better and save money on your food bills.

6) Here are some more resources, for those who may want to dig deeper into the whole GMO industry regarding foods you eat daily. The first video in this series is an hour long, but IMHO worthy of watching. The second link serves as a resource for more resources. And the third link is about Whole Foods Stores and GMO.

a) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdmftfkbTTc&feature=gv

b) http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/links.cfm

c) Whole Foods Uses 20-30% Products

7) You can buy seeds and plants that grow food with food stamps/SNAP

Share this and help inform some of the nearly 48 Million people living on food stamps.

 If you have a non GMO food resource share it here!





Lists & Lists of Seed Catalogs

24 02 2013

Do you know there are more than 100 seed catalogs  still available? As every gardener knows, seed catalogs are wonderful reading. Between the tantalizing descriptions of varieties and the first-rate cultural information, many catalogs can double as reliable gardening books. They are also interesting as historic sources.

Note: Many heirloom vegetable varieties are not available in the seed trade, but they can be found through seed saving networks and organizations ( see the list below).  Also, for more information, see also: Seed Savers, Seed Exchanges, and Seed Societies. And, you can find an extensive list of seed more than 60+ general seed catalogs, a little farther below.

Below is a short list of favorite seed catalogs derived from a recent Mother News (MEN) survey. MEN’s printed that one customer said, “Fedco’s catalog make wonderful, entertaining, laugh-out-loud reading and all the vintage graphics are wonderful.” You will also see Bakercreek is repeated several times throughout. They are definitely worth taking a look at in my humble opinion.

  1. Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Winslow, Maine) www.johnnyseed.com
  2. Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA) www.seedsaver.com
  3. Bakercreek Heirloom Seeds (Mansfield, MO) www.rareseeds.com
  4. Burpee Seeds & Plants( Warminster, PA) www.burpee.com
  5. Territorial Seed Company ( Cottage Grove, Ore) www.territorialseed.com
  6. Seed of Change (Rancho, Dominquez CA) www.seedsofchange.com
  7. Ferry-Morse Seed Company (Fulton, KY) www.ferry-morse.com
  8. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Mineral, VA) www.southernexposure.com
  9. High Mowing Organic Seeds (Wolcott, VT) www.highmowingseeds.com
  10. Fedco Seeds ( Waterville, MA) www.fedcoseeds.com
  11. Nichols Garden Nursery (Albany, OR) www.nicholsgardennursery.com
  12. The Cook’s Garden ( Warminster, PA) www.cooksgarden.com
  13. Botanical Interests (Broomfield, CO) www.botanicalinterests.com
  14. Renee’s Garden Seeds (Felton, CA) www.reneesgarden.com
  15. Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (Grass Valley, CA) www.groworganic.com
  16. Dirt Goddess Seeds: www.DirtGoddessSeeds.com

For a list of heirloom seed catalogs I suggest:

  1. Amishland Heirloom Seeds This is a fabulous small seed company. In the words of the owner,”I have been searching out family heirloom seed varieties grown for generations by local Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania German farm families.” Skiretts, a root vegetable that was popular in the eighteenth-century are amongst the rare vegetables that are sold by Amishland Heirloom Seeds.
  2. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds  My favorite! Jere Gettle founded Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in 1998. His purpose is to promote rare and endangered vegetable varieties. The site currently lists approximately 600 vegetables and herbs and a few flowers. You will find vegetables that were common in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including American, French and Italian varieties. The web site is not illustrated and the plant descriptions, though evocative, are minimal. There is a good page on saving your own seed.
  3. Manhattan Farms Manhattan Farms is a Canadian company (British Columbia) with a range of products for the city gardener, including labels for home canning projects. Manhattan Farms packages seeds from five different types of a given plant — like five tomato varieties, or five pepper varieties — into a single packet. This is an excellent idea as it promotes planting a vegetable garden that has depth as well as breadth.
  4. Redwood City Seed Company Hot peppers and native grasses are specialties of the Redwood City Seed Company. The site includes a page of pepper photographs and an extremely valuable page on growing peppers from seed, as well as advice on pepper culture. If peppers is your thing — especially hot peppers — then this specialty seed company is for you. Pepper seeds are offered by individual variety and grouped as collections.
  5. Reimer Seeds This is  a very interesting company. Their seed offering is vast. Whatever you choose to look at you will find that refreshingly there are real choices. My first test of a site is usually to check the artichoke offering and then something like beets. Reimer Seeds offers 6 different artichokes which means that you are likely to  see a variety you have not seen before. The Italian heirloom Romanesco Artichoke is one that I haven’t seen before. Their beet offering is  impressive. They sell two white beets (Albino and Blankoma) as well as a carrot-shaped beet (Colossal Long Red Mangels). The tomato offering is so huge it is broken up alphabetically. You can download a PDF of any section of the online catalog you look at. The PDF for the A section of tomatoes is 4 pages. This includes pictures and descriptions.  You can also search by country of origin which will find you, for example, six chili peppers from the Central African Republic. The company is master of the database. You can also search on heirloom, on gourmet selection, and many other ways to help you find what you might be looking for. The plant descriptions are good with an emphasis on taste and use as well as cultivation advice. There are customer reviews of some of the seeds ordered and the web site tells you what other people ordered who purchased the seed variety you are looking at. In short, a complex site with 5000 vegetable, herb, and flower offerings. Reimer Seeds sells seeds in packets as well as in pounds for farmers.
  6. Renee’s Garden Renée Shepherd sold her first seed company (Shepherd’s Garden Seeds) to White Flower Farms and started a new one. This is the link to her current seed company. Beautiful drawings and good plant descriptions. Renée sells many European seeds, especially seeds from Italy.
  7. Richters The medicinal herb collection is strong. The vegetable seed collection is fair. Plant descriptions are good, and since this is a Canadian seed company attention is paid to plant hardiness. (Botanic Names: yes) Canada
  8. Robinson’s Mammoth Seeds This vegetable seed company, founded in England 1860, specializes in show vegetables, for example, a 5 pound (2 kg) onion. While big may not always mean better, growing large vegetables is both fun, and a horticultural challenge. (UK)
  9. Roguelands Heirloom Vegetable Seeds This is a delightful catalog. You will find many seeds that are virtually unobtainable elsewhere, for example a 19th century white tomato from the US. The stories about their offerings are often excellent — and many suggest something about the world at large. For example, they offer the “black” tomato named after the great American singer Paul Robeson. It is a Russian offering. Paul Robeson was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. This great baritone was popular in the Soviet Union, so this tomato’s story emodies some of the complexity of the early years of the Cold War. Roguelands is friendly to US and Canadian gardeners.
  10. Salt Spring Seeds This is the site for an ambitious project: “maintaining, evaluating and keeping databases for all the edible, medicinal and useful crops that can be grown in Canada.” The database project is operated by a nonprofit organization affiliated with Salt Spring Seeds. The selection of wheat varieties is impressive. The online catalogue, however, is a little rough around the edges — plant descriptions range from minimal to extensive. As a Canadian company with an interest in Canadian crops, the selections offered are appropriate for northern climates. On my most recent visit to the site there was a notice stating that they can no longer ship seeds to the US. The site is worth a visit, regardless, and hopefully this will change and they will once again be able to ship to American clients. (Heirloom) (Botanic names: yes) Canada
  11. Sand Hill Preservation Center This is a family-run farm dedicated to preserving rare poultry and vegetables. Orders are accepted by post only, and credit cards are not accepted. You will not believe the breadth of Sand Hill’s offerings, many of which are rare. For example, they offer a selection of heirloom beans form Appalachia. Unfortunately, while there are some good thoroughly descriptions in their catalog, others are terse, in the extreme. For example, this is the description for a tomato called Stone: mid, Ind, rather hard fleshed, round in shape, 10 oz. fruits. Pkt. $1.75 OG. Plant descriptions are probably overrated, anyway, partly a literary form that makes perusing seed catalogs such a pleasure. In this case, which is really always the case regardless of the prose, I doubt you can go wrong with any of their selections as long as you live where the summers are hot. Sand Hill Preservation Center is located in Iowa. They are thus able to grow and offer sweet potatoes, a root crop that will not thrive in my Coastal California garden. If you are lucky enough to live where the summers are hot, at the very least, peruse the Sand Hill catalog and order sweet potatoes. This is a family business that can use your support.
  12. Seeds of Change Seeds are sold in quantities for home gardeners and small farmers for a wide array of open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. They do also sell hybrids (sometimes they are the best choice for ones situation) although all seeds are organic. Seeds of Change is marketing partly to urban gardeners who grow vegetables in containers so if that describes you then you will definitely want to look at their offerings. Seeds of change is a new kind of seed company. They are working with farmers, distributors, and end users, like chefs, to develop a marketplace for cultivars that are suited to organic growers, farmers markets, and cuisines based on the refreshing common sense that whenever possible, there are good reasons by “buy fresh and buy local.” They have an active plant breeding program working with farmers and chefs to improve cultivars which one can think of as producing the heirlooms of tomorrow.
  13. Seeds Trust When seed catalogs were all printed people used to order dozens of catalogs and then spend hours with them during the winter months dreaming of their summer gardens. This online seed business offers a different kind of sitting and dreaming in some ways, unfortunately, less pleasant than sitting in an armchair beside the fire though with tablet computers that is becoming more possible. What one finds with online catalogs is that one often catches glimpses of the families behind the business as many seed companies are still very small – real labors of love. The Seed Trust is run by a father and son team with a particular interest in high altitude gardening — which means in practice that they are interested in vegetables that thrive in short seasons and intense weather. Seeds of Trust were pioneers going to the Soviet Union as it opening up in the late 1980s to collect seeds. Their offering of short-season tomatoes is extraordinary. You will want to spend time at this site. They are in the midst of developing a new site and I hope that one of you will let me know when they do so I can review it.
  14. Shepherd’s Garden Seeds This is part of White Flour Farms. It can be frustratingly difficult to find the seed information on their web site. If you can’t find it, then call customer service and ordera a catalog. The vegetable seed selection is good and the information about each of the vegetables is excellent. There is an emphasis on European market vegetables, particularly from France and Italy. A few years after selling her seed company to White Flour Farms, Renée Sheperd started a new company, called Renées Garden. You will find this company in the list, above.
  15. Siegers Seeds This seed company is for farmers. Small quantities of seeds are not sold. When appropriate, seeds are identified as hybrid or open pollinated. Sieger’s specializes in market vegetables for the Eastern United States and Canada. Siegers has been in business since the early 20th century.
  16. Stellar Seeds This small seed company offers a careful selection of organic and  rare seeds.  What I like about their website is that there are videos on how to grow and harvest specific seeds. They are an independent, family-run seed company, based in the West Kootenays of British ColumbiaWest Kootenay’s, near Kaslo, a small community called Johnson’s Landing, and coincide with a beautiful family farm called Kootenay Joe Farm

For long-term seed storage, seed vaulting, non hybrid garden seed kits, try a few of the following:

  1. AAOB Foods which also provides info with tips on planting
  2. Patriot Survival Seed Vault 37.95 | MyPatriotSupply.com
  3. Heirloom Organics- Survival Seed Vault $99 – 50,000+ Seeds
  4. www.non-hybrid-seeds– 2 Acres, 1.5LB, Eat for .01/LB
  5. Prepared Planet-Canned Seeds | Organic Heirloom Seeds | Emergency Seed Storage
  6. Livestock Seed Storage Pack
  7. And here is a list of culinary vegetables  from Wikipedia

NOTE: The following lists were created with larger text and provide for a visual image for sight impaired and or older readers in mind.

List of Seed Saving Organizations

Seed saving organizations are slightly different from seed companies. Their main goal is usually to promote garden biodiversity, utilizing of rare heirlooms, and the histories behind these seeds. To gain access to these types of organizations you may have to become a member, but they often sell seeds in order to raise funds.

1. Seed Savers Exchange

The most popular suggestion for inclusion was Seed Savers Exchange. Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange is a registered non-profit and arguably the reason why heirlooms are so popular today. You will find seeds for herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers.

2. Kusa Seed Society

The Kusa Seed Society‘s mission statement states its purpose as being to increase humanity’s knowledge and understanding of our connection to edible seed crops. The society offers cereal grains, grain legumes, oilseeds and other edible seeds.

3. Organic Seed Alliance

One commenter suggested the Organic Seed Alliance. While they are not exactly a seed source, they do list organic seed companies as a resource to organic farmers and gardeners.

Seed Companies

4. Territorial Seed

The very first Territorial Seed catalog was printed in 1979 by its founder, Steve Solomon, who later sold the company to Tom and Julie Johns in 1985. Territorial Seed carries vegetable seeds and plants, along with garden supplies.

5. High Mowing Organic Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds was founded in 1996 when the company’s founder, Tom Stearns, tilled up a portion of his backyard to grow plants for organic seed production. By 2001, the company had grown so much that he started to contract local farms to grow seeds just to keep up with demand.

Seed Sources for Canadian Gardeners

6 & 7. Terra Edibles and Salt Spring Seeds

A couple of readers asked for recommendations for seed companies that Canadian gardeners, interested in heirloom seeds, can turn to in search of seeds. Some commenters chimed in and recommended Terra Edibles and Salt Spring Seeds. Since I don’t know much about Canadian seed companies I turned to my friend Kelly, who runs the Populuxe Seed Bank in Canada, for her recommendations.

8, 9 & 10. The Cottage Gardener, Seeds of Victoria, and Solana Seeds

She wrote back, “The Cottage Gardener is my absolute favorite. Seeds of Victoria is probably my second fave. Solana Seeds has really neat rare stuff.”

A Big List of 60+ Seed Catalogs

1. Annie’s Annuals & Perennials Plant Catalog

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Annie’s Annuals and Perennials offers a free plant catalog that highlights the rare annual and perennial plants that they sell. Those in the U.S. can request a free Annie’s Annuals & Perennials plant catalog.

Seed CatalogsPhoto © Baker Creek Heirloom Seed

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed sends out free heirloom seed catalogs to those who request one. They sell heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seeds.

Fill out a short form to get a Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog sent to your mailbox.

3. Bluestone Perennials Plant Catalog

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Bluestone Perennials sends out a free plant and seed catalog for the perennials, grasses, mums, herbs, ornamental shrubs, and bulbs that they sell.

If you live in the U.S, you can request a free Bluestone Perennials plant catalog.

4. Botanical Interests Seed Catalog

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Botanical Interests has a virtual and printed seed catalog that lists all the seeds they sell including flower, vegetable, herbs, and organic seeds.

Those who live in the U.S. and Canada can request a free Botanical Interests seed catalog.

5. Bountiful Gardens Seed Catalog

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Bountiful Gardens has a heirloom seed catalog that includes vegetable seeds, mushroom kits, flowers, herbs, trees, and much more.

Request this free heirloom seed catalog by filling out the form. This free seed catalog is available worldwide.

6. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Seed Catalog

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Brent and Becky’s Bulbs sell just about every bulb imaginable and they’ll send you a free seed catalog if you’d like one.

Those who live in the U.S. and Canada can use this form to request a free Brent and Becky’s Bulbs seed catalog.

7. Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards Catalog

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Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards offers fruiting plants, nut trees, and ornamentals for sale through their free catalog.

This free gardening catalog is available worldwide.

8. Burpee Seed Catalog

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Burpee makes it easy to request a free seed catalog. Each year they publish a new seed catalog that includes all of their vegetables, flowers, perennials, herbs, and heirloom seeds, and plants.

Those in the U.S. can request a free Burpee seed catalog to be mailed straight to their home.

Free Seed Catalogs© Comstock Garden Seeds

Comstock Garden Seeds has specialized in heirloom seeds for 200 years now. You can request a free Comstock Garden Seeds catalog if you live in the U.S.

10. The Cook’s Garden Plant and Seed Catalog

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The Cook’s Garden sells vegetable seeds and plants, herb seeds and plants, cottage flowers, and supplies. You’ll find all of these items packed into the free plant and seed catalog that they offer. If you’re in the U.S. or Canada you can fill out the form to request a free The Cook’s Garden plant and seed catalog.

11. Dixondale Farms Catalog

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12. Dutch Gardens Flower Catalog

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Dutch Gardens has a free flower catalog available that includes their bulbs, flowers, and fruit plants.

You can request a free Dutch Gardens flower catalog if you live in the U.S.

13. Gardens Alive! Seed Catalog

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Gardens Alive! offers a free seed catalog that you can request. Gardens Alive! sells environmentally responsible products for your lawn, soil, and plants to help you control pests and weeds.

Those in the continental U.S. can request a free Gardens Alive! seed catalog.

14. Gardner’s Supply Company Catalog

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You won’t find any seeds or plants here, but you will find a wide range of gardening supplies such as planters, pest control, tools, lights, and more.

If you’re in the U.S., you can request a free Gardner’s Supply Company catalog to be sent to you door.

15. Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co. Plant and Seed Catalog

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You can get your Gurney’s plant and seed catalog filled with vegetable seeds and plants, fruit and nut trees, perennials and roses, bulbs, shrubs, flower and grass seeds, and much more completely for free.

16. Harris Seeds Catalog

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The Harris seed catalog includes vegetable and flowers seeds as well as transplants, bulbs, and supplies for your garden.

If you live in the U.S., you can request a free Harris seed catalog to be sent to your home.

17. Henry Field’s Seed Catalog

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Henry Field’s seed catalog is packed with vegetable seeds, flower bulbs, tomato seeds, fruit trees, shrubs, and more.

Those in the U.S. can request that a free Henry Field’s seed catalog be mailed to them.

18. High Mowing Organic Seeds Catalog

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You’ll want a High Mowing Organic Seeds catalog if you’re looking for certified organic vegetable, herb, flower, and cover crop seeds. They also have a large selection of heriloom seeds. You can request a free High Mowing Organic Seeds catalog if you live in the U.S. or Canada.

Dixondale Farms has a seed catalog available. They specialize in onions and has a wide variety of onion and leek bulbs available for purchase.

If you live in the U.S., you can request a free Dixondale Farms seed catalog.

19. Horizon Herbs Seed Catalog

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Inside the pages of Horizon Herbs, you’ll find seeds for vegetables and herbs as well as bulbs, shrubs, trees, and succulents.

Those in the U.S. can request a free seed catalog while everyone else can download the PDF catalog.

20. HPS Seeds Catalog

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HPS Seeds sells seeds for lowers, vegetables, and herbs as well as vines and flower plugs. You can request a free HPS Seeds catalog or browse an online one.

21. Hydro-Gardens Seed Catalog

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The Hydro-Gardens free seed catalog has everything you need to help you hydroponic garden grow.

For more information, request a free seed catalog from them.

22. Jackson & Perkins Gift and Plant Catalog

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Jackson & Perkins sells a wide variety of garden plants, rose bushes, and garden-inspired gifts.

Request a rose, plant, or gift catalog to be sent to you if you live in the U.S.

23. Johnny’s Selected Seeds Catalog

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In the Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog, you’ll find vegetable seeds, fruit plants, flower seeds, herbs, farm seeds, and supplies.

You can request a free seed catalog from Johnny’s Selected Seeds if you live the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and see just what they have to offer.

24. Jung’s Free Seed Catalog

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Jung sells annual plants and seeds, bulbs, roses, shrubs, trees, and more inside the pages of their free seed catalog.

You can request a free seed catalog from Jung or browse their catalog online.

25. Kitazawa Seed Co. Seed Catalog

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Kitazawa Seed Co. offers a free seed catalog that highlights their large selection of Asian vegetable seeds.

You can get a free Kitazawa seed catalog mailed to you if you live in the U.S.

26. Klehm’s Song Sparrow Plant Catalog

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Klehm’s Song Sparrow offers the finest in mail order plants and you can get a plant catalog from them for free.

If you’re in the U.S., you can have a free seed catalog from Klehm’s Song Sparrow sent to your home.

27. Lilypons Water Gardens Plant Catalog

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Lilypons offers a great selection of aquatic plants and other supplies for your outdoor water features.

You can request a free plant catalog from Lilypons if you’d like to learn more. This catalog is available worldwide.

28. Logee’s Tropical Plants Catalog

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Logee’s Tropical Plants sells a great collection of tropical plants and flowers for indoor and out.

Fill out the form to request a free Logee’s plant catalog. It’s available for free if you live in the U.S.

29. NESeed Seed Catalog

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NESeed has a free seed catalog that showcases flower, vegetable, herb, organic, and Italian seeds.

You can request your free NESeed catalog by filling out the request form. The seed catalog is available worldwide.

30. Nichols Garden Nursery Seed Catalog

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Nichols Garden Nursery offers vegetable seeds, herb seeds and plants, flower seeds, lawn mixes, bulbs, and more, all available in their seed catalog. Request their free seed catalog by going through the checkout process to order it.

31. The Online Greenhouse Seed Catalog

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You’ll find vegetable seeds, flower seeds, herb seeds, ornamental seeds, heirloom seeds, tools, and accessories through The Online Greenhouse seed catalog.

You can request a free seed catalog from The Online Greenhouse if you live in the U.S.

32. Park Seed Co. Seed Catalog

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Park Seed Co. sells annual seeds along with bulbs, container plants, flowers, fruits, herbs, decor, and more in their newest seed catalog.

You can get a free seed catalog by filling out the form to request one. It’s available to the U.S. and Canada.

33. Peaceful Valley Grow Organic Seed Catalog

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Peaceful Valley Grow Organic offers an organic seed catalog that includes seeds, fertilizer, pet control products, fruit trees, nut trees, berry plants, grape vines, wildflowers, and flower bulbs.

All of the Peaceful Valley Organic seed catalogs are available for download or you can scroll down the page to request the seed catalogs to be mailed to you.

34. Penny’s Tomatoes Seed Catalog

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In this seed catalog from Penny’s Tomatoes you’ll find tomato seeds for hot weather, cold weather, dwarf, heirloom, and exotic tomato plants.

You can request a free seed catalog from Penny’s Tomatoes if you live in the U.S.

35. Pepper Joey’s Seed Catalog

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Pepper Joe’s sells exotic peppers such as Habenero, Chili, Jalepeno, Peter, and Ghost pepper seeds.

If you’re in the United States you can request a free Pepper Joe’s seed catalog.
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36. Pinetree Garden Seeds & Accessories Catalog

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Pinteree Garden Seeds sells seeds, spices, garden products, books, as well live plants.

As long as you live in the U.S. you can request a free catalog to be mailed to you. There’s also a PDF catalog available for download.

37. Planet Natural Seed Catalog

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Planet Natural sells heirloom seeds along with all different types of tools and supplies for your garden.

If you live in the U.S., you can request a free seed catalog from Planet Natural.

38. Potato Garden Seed Catalog

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Through the Potato Garden catalog you can order certified seed potatoes as well as garlic, artichokes, onions, shallots, and real salt.

Request a free seed catalog to be mailed to you.

39. Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. Seed Catalog

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Plant Delights Nursery sends out a free seed catalog and plant owner’s manual every year.

If you’d like to request a Plant Delights Nursery seed catalog, fill out the form. This seed catalog is available worldwide.

40. Prairie Nursery’s Free Seed Catalog

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Prairie Nursery has a free seed catalog they send out once a year that includes seeds for wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, vines, grasses, and more.

You can request a free seed catalog if you live in the United States.

41. Raintree Nursery Plant Catalog

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Raintree Nursery’s plant catalog includes fruit trees, berries, unusual edibles, ornamentals, and supplies.

The Raintree Nursery’s plant catalog is available for download or if you live in the U.S., you can request a plant catalog to be sent to your home.

42. R.H. Shumway’s Free Seed Catalog

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R.H. Shumway has a catalog that sells seeds, bulbs, garlic, herbs, fruit, roses, and much more.

paper seed catalog can be ordered or your can browse their online seed catalog.

43. Sand Hill Preservation Center’s Free Seed Catalog

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The Sand Hill Preservation Center specializes in heirloom seeds and poultry.

You can order a free printed seed catalog from them if you’d like more information.

44. Richters Herbs Plant and Seed Catalog

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Richters Herbs offers a free plant and seed catalog that includes herb plants, seeds, books, and dried herbs that you can purchase from them.

Those who live in the U.S. or Canada can request a free Richers Herbs plant and seed catalog.

45. Seed Savers Exchange Heirloom Seed Catalog

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Seed Savers Exchange specializes in heirloom seeds and mails out a heirloom seed catalog every year that lists what they have for sale.

It’s easy to request this heirloom seed catalog from Seed Savers Exchange. It’s available worldwide.

46. Seeds of Change Organic Seed Catalog

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Seeds of Change offers a free organic seed catalog that along with organic seeds, includes organic plants and bulbs. They also have a wide selection of tools, supplies, books, and gifts.

If you live in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico you can request a free seed catalog from Seeds of Change.

47. Select Seeds Seed Catalog

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You’ll find the latest in modern flower seeds as well as heirloom seeds at Select Seeds through their seed catalog.

You can request a free seed catalog to be sent to your home or company address in the U.S.

48. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Seed Catalog

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Through the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seed catalog, you’ll find a large number of seeds for vegetables, herbs, flowers, cottons, and more.

You can request a free seed catalog from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange as long as you live in the U.S.

49. Sow True Seed Catalog

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Sow True Seed is an open-pollinated/non-hybrid vegetable, herb and flower seed company based in Asheville, NC specializing in heirloom, certified organic, and traditional Southern Appalachia varieties.

You can request a free seed catalog from Sow True Seed long as you live in the U.S.

50. Stokes’ Free Seed Catalog

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Stokes Seeds sells flowers and vegetable seeds inside the pages of their colorful free seed catalog.

Both U.S. and Canadian customers can order a free seed catalog from Stokes.

51. Territorial Seed Company Seed Catalog

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Territorial Seed Company specializes in seeds, live plants, flower bulbs, tools, and garden supplies. You can find all this and more in their free seed catalog. You can request a free seed catalog from Territorial Seed Company if you live in the U.S.

52. Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalog

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Thompson & Morgan has a seed catalog where you can find annual, biennial, and perennial seeds for vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs. They also have organic seeds.

If you live in the U.S., you can request a free Thompson & Morgan seed catalog.

53. Tomatobob’s Heirloom Tomatoes Catalog

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Tomatobob’s sells heirloom tomato, vegetable, herb, flower, and hot pepper seeds.

There’s a free seed catalog that’s available for request.

54. Tomato Growers Supply Company Catalog

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Tomato Growers Supply Company carries seeds for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos.

Request a free seed catalog if you’d like more information on them.

55. Totally Tomatoes Plant and Seed Catalog

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The plant and seed catalog from Totally Tomatoes is jam packed with tomato seeds and plants as well as pepper seeds, herbs, and much more.

You can request a free plant and seed catalog from Totally Tomatoes by following the directions on their website. You’ll receive your free catalog in 3-4 weeks.

56. Urban Farmer Seed Catalog

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The Urban Farmer seed catalog includes vegetable seeds and plants, annuals seeds, perennials seeds, flower bulbs, organic seeds, and growing supplies.

You can get a free copy of the Urban Farmer seed catalog by filling out the short form. This is only available to U.S. residents.

57. Van Bougondien Dutch Bulbs Catalog

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Van Bougondien has a free catalog that includes a large variety of Dutch bulbs and perennials.

If you live in the U.S., you can request the Van Bougondien Dutch Bulbs catalog for free.

58. Vermont Bean Seed Company Catalog

Free Seed Catalogs© Vermont Bean Seed Company

You’ll find bean seeds and more inside the pages of the free seed catalog from Vermont Bean Seed Company.

Follow the directions to request your Vermont Bean Seed Company catalog or view it online.

59. Veseys Organic Seed Catalog

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Request an organic seed catalog from Veseys and you’ll see the finest in organic flower and herb seeds.

The free seed catalog from Veseys is available to those in the U.S. and Canada.

60. Wayside Gardens Plant Catalog

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Wayside Gardens sells perennials, bulbs, trees, shrubs, and vines. Their free plant catalog will showcase all of their customer’s favorites.

Those in the U.S. can request a free Wayside Gardens plant catalog to be sent to their mailbox.

61. West Coast Seeds Catalog

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West Coast Seeds catalog sells organic, heirloom, herb, and flower seeds and has been doing so for the last 30 years.

Those of you in North American may request a free West Coast Seeds catalog.

62. White Flower Farm Bulb and Plant Catalog

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White Flower Farm has bulbs, plants, fruit, and garden gifts available for purchase from their free bulb and plant catalog.

You can request this free bulb and plant catalog by filling out the short form. This is only available to U.S. residents.

63. Wildseed Farms Seed Catalog

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Wildseed Farms has free seed catalog where you can buy wildflower seeds, specialty food, and items for your home and garden.

Request a free Wildseed Farms seed catalog by filing out the catalog request form. You’ll receive your free seed catalog in 2-3 weeks.


64. Willhite Seed Inc. Catalog

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For almost 100 years, Willhite Seed Inc. has been selling quality garden seeds from their seed catalog.

Fill out this short form to request your free Willhite Seed Inc. catalog.





Drough & Your Food Supply?

24 02 2013

Should you be worried about the drought conditions in the US? Are the drought conditions impacting our food supply and food costs?

1) Factoid: The dry conditions of 2012 throughout much of America has definitely tested the resilience of the American farmer as growers see their hard work dry up and blow away with warm summer winds. Russia is expected to lose seven million tons of grains due to drought, China is purchasing more soft red winter wheat than in recent years, and the losses continue to be reported across the globe

2) See this Animated US Drought Map which shows the growth of the pervasive drought in the US from 2011 to 2012:

3) And, here is another US Drought Map Current Conditions:

Tell me what you will grow this year? Have you considered your food supply and a long term drought?
Here is a blog on growing food anywhere.

I encourage you to plant a small container garden, a raised bed garden, a square foot garden, or a BIG garden. Start planning, and let me know what you are doing this year to offset the high cost of food to feed your family. I want to hear from you!





3 12 2012

Updated Post on Holiday Shopping Sites| E-tailers | FB Apps & More

A Communication & Social Media Blog

Save GreenThe initial purpose of this post is to help you save some “green,” and to be greener during the holidays. And if I can help you save you some time and save the environment by cutting down on your use of gasoline while holiday shopping, then that’s great.

By far, my favorite shopping App is Redlaser!  It is a “Top 10 Must Have App for your IPhone” ―says  The New York Times ,  “If you only have one shopping app on your cell Phone, this is the one to have.”― Digital Trends.  I have used it for ALL of my holiday shopping both online and locally and have saved several hundred dollars already.

A Selection of Useful Holiday Shopping Tidbits:   

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