I just ordered a seed catalog, and I feel a little guilty about it, but I know I can cut and paste the pages or recycle it. I just want something tangible that I can pour over for days while I make up my mind. You can now do most of your seed purchasing on-line.
With all the genetically modified seeds floating around these days, I'm getting a little picky about my choices this year and I'm willing to pay a little more money for seed God didn't intend for us to tweek. The catalog I ordered is from Seed Savers Exchange. There are many great safe* seed companies out there with organic seeds, but this small company holds a special place in my heart. They specialize in heirloom seeds. Maybe it's just me, but when I bite in a tomato these days, I don't usually know I'm eating one. What I mean is, they have been modified to pack well and travel long distances and the flavor has been taken right out. If I'm eating a tomato, I want to taste it.
Heirloom seeds have been saved from plants over the generations. They have NOT been modified. They are a big part of our heritage and I want to help preserve that movement by supporting this company that is working to make that happen.
The January/February issue of Urban Farm has a great list of seed catalog companies and you can find more information in this post.
What are you planting this year?
*A pledge that has been signed by some seed companies that states they will not knowingly sell genetically modified seeds. Go here to see a list of companies that have signed the pledge.