Monday, March 16, 2009

One Great Seed Catalog

It's rare I pick up a sales catalog that truly interests me, but I have to give a shout out for a really great seed catalog I came across a couple weeks back. This 150 plus page catalog is put out by the Territorial Seed Company - a local Oregon company- and inside you'll not only find ample varieties of the usual staples (for example, you can choose from nearly two dozen varieties of garlic), but you'll also discover a range of things you may never have heard of...

Ever heard of kohlabri? Choose from three different varieties of this bulb bearing relative of the cabbage. You can also order Japanese Trifele (a type of tomato), or try growing sea berry - a nutritious fruit native to Europe and Asia. You can even order mushroom kits or live bees and bee keeping supplies through this catalog. It's kind of amazing. I'm considering ordering a columnar apple tree. This is a small but productive apple tree you can grow in a container on your deck or patio.


But with all this variety of things to browse through and learn about, one of the best things about this catalog is the company's pledge to not knowingly sell genetically engineered seeds. THIS is important. All the variety in the world will become pretty useless if we fail to protect it...

You can request a copy of this catalog here.

3 comments:

Kari P said...

I bought seeds from Territorial back when we lived in upstate New York. When we moved to Eugene - a stone's throw from Territorial - I felt like I was like coming to the gardener's Promised Land. After preparing our new garden and with much anticipation, we made a pilgrimage to Territorial in Cottage Grove. I can testify that the good vibe you get from their catalog is the real deal. Nice folks, good seeds, an Oregon original. My advice? Order early! Good stuff goes fast.

Ian D. Miller said...

If you like Territorial, then you'll probably like Southern Exposure Seed Exchange also. They're based out of Virginia on a commune and they do a lot of heirlooms, garlic, etc.

http://www.southernexposure.com/

JenGreen said...

Love Territorial! It's almost too much to take in. I've ordered from them several times and have been extremely happy with what I received.