It’s mid-winter in Indiana which means it is time to have all of your garden seeds in order and ready to plant in the coming weeks.
Here are some of the best FREE SEED CATALOGS to check out for the 2023 growing season.
Annie’s Annuals & Perennials
Here at “Annie’s,” we grow most of our plants the old-fashioned way – from seed – in the wind, rain, and sun (no greenhouses), so your plants are already “hardened off,” healthy and strong when you take them home. All of our plants are grown in 4″ pots without the use of growth-regulating hormones, commonly sprayed on almost all annuals and most perennials by large-scale growers. These growth regulators slow plant growth and extend “shelf life” but can lead to disappointing results in our gardens.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
At Baker Creek, our passion is Saving, Growing, and Sharing rare seeds! Our mission is to provide seeds of a sustainable food supply for everyone, keeping heirloom varieties alive for future generations. We believe farmers, gardeners, and communities have the right to save their own seeds and, in so doing, preserve seed diversity and food security in an age of corporate agriculture and patented, hybridized, or genetically modified seeds. All the seeds we sell can be saved, shared, and traded, and we encourage people to save their own seeds.
Request a print catalog or view the 2023 Digital Seed Catalog and download the PDF (Coming soon).
Our mission is to provide exceptional varieties of high-quality seed at great prices, detailed sowing and growing information to help the home gardener be successful, and strive to provide the best customer service in the industry.
Our goal is to help gardeners grow! We carefully select high-quality varieties, including many tried-and-true heirlooms, which perform in a wide range of conditions so you can grow with ease. Quality is important to us—which is why we happily guarantee our seeds and have a third-party laboratory test our seeds regularly to ensure germination rates satisfy both federal and our own standards—so that you can focus on growing a great garden.
Burgess Seed & Plant Co.
Burgess is one of the largest producers and distributors of home gardening products through the internet in the United States. Burgess offers a wide range of quality gardening plants, seeds, bulbs and supplies at very low prices to gardening enthusiasts in the United States.
Request a print catalog or view the 2023 Digital Seed Catalog and download the PDF.
Burrell Seed Growers
In 1900, farm families were large, requiring huge kitchen gardens. Seed packets were sized to grow enough food for the year. While many companies have downsized their seed packets, Burrell Seed Growers, LLC still packs the same amount of seed that they did 119 years ago. In most cases, at least double what you get elsewhere.
Burpee offers a broad range of novel and traditional vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, perennials, and quality gardening supplies. We know from experience that each gardener has individual goals and tastes, and no two gardens are alike.
Dixondale Farms humbly began in 1913 as a small family farm in South Texas. Over 100 years later, Dixondale Farms has grown to become the largest grower of onion plants in the USA. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Dixondale Farms is known for its industry-leading expertise in all aspects of onion growing.
Each year we observe hundreds of varieties, selecting only the best for inclusion in our catalogs. Through our product lines and cultural hints, we encourage sustainable growing methods. We offer a large selection of certified-organic cultivars and regional heirloom varieties. We buy products from all over the world.
Fedco has five divisions: Seeds, Potatoes, Onions and Exotics, Organic Growers Supply, Trees, and Bulbs, and sends out three catalogs annually. We work out of three warehouses on the Bellsqueeze and Hinckley Roads in Clinton, Maine. We are primarily a mail-order business and do not have a retail store.
Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co.
Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co. is a mail-order seed and garden plant company based in Greendale, IN. Founded in 1866, Gurney’s specializes in vegetable and flower seeds, gardening supplies, and nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, perennials, fruit trees and berries, fertilizers, and plant foods. Gurney’s distributes catalogs throughout the nation and maintains a considerable web presence.
Harris Seeds is a privately owned seed company with a long tradition of supplying the finest vegetable seeds, flower seeds, plants, and supplies to growers and gardeners since 1879. The Harris Seeds team includes local growers and garden enthusiasts, whose invaluable knowledge and expertise allow us to better serve you. Every Harris Seeds employee shares a common goal – a commitment to your success.
High Mowing Organic Seeds
We consider it a part of our mission to educate growers about why we do what we do. Our annual seed catalog is a resource for growers to not only get to know what we offer but to get to know us. In the pages of our seed catalog, you’ll find stories about High Mowing Organic Seeds, the growers who produce our seed, and the farmers and gardeners who use our seed. You’ll find cultural information and growing advice from our experienced staff and partners. And, of course, you’ll find hundreds of varieties of 100% organic, non-GMO seeds. Request a free copy today and find out what High Mowing Organic Seeds is all about.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Kitchen Garden Seeds is a family-owned seed company offering the finest gourmet vegetable, aromatic herbs, and beautiful flower seeds from around the world for your family’s garden.
When you order from us, you’re getting superior quality seeds and conscientious customer service. We work with the most well-respected suppliers in the world, many of whom produce their seeds using organic methods. Our seeds are never treated with chemicals and are never GMO.
Request a print catalog or view the 2023 Digital Seed Catalog and download the PDF.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
For over 49 years Johnny’s Selected Seeds has been helping families and friends to feed one another. Everything we do here is focused on helping you have a successful growing experience. We understand that putting the seeds in the ground is but a small part of your total investment of time, energy, and money. When you buy from Johnny’s, you can be confident that the seeds you are planting are fresh, vital, and of superior quality. We guarantee it.
Jung Seed Company
Jung Seed has a large selection of non-GMO and organic vegetable plants and seeds for sale. We understand how important quality is to our customers so that is what we deliver. Not only plants, but also check out our organic non-GMO vegetable seeds for sale. Fill your garden with the best and grow your own delicious vegetables today.
Kitazawa Seed Company
Gijiu Kitazawa started Kitazawa Seed Company in 1917. The business operated in a large warehouse with a storefront located in downtown San Jose, California. At this time, America’s vegetables reflected a homogenous national palate yet Kitazawa Seed Company sold all kinds of seeds from domestic and foreign sources. From 1942 to 1945 Kitazawa Seed Company was forced to abandon the business due to WWII. The Kitazawa family, along with all other Japanese-Americans, were moved and put into Relocation Camps during that time. Gijiu restarted the business after the war. This is when Kitazawa Seed Company began selling and shipping seeds across the United States.
Kitazawa Seeds proudly continues to offer the highest quality Asian seeds to delight the diverse palates of our customers. We offer over 500 seed varieties that produce traditional heirloom Asian vegetables, popularly found in farmers’ markets, specialty grocery stores, and restaurants. Now you can grow them in your kitchen garden, sell them at your garden center and grow them commercially.
Shop more than 1,100 varieties of tested and proven flower, herb, and vegetable seeds, plus an extensive selection of fruits, bulbs, live plants, and gardening supplies easily from our online mail-order garden center and nursery. Park Seed’s seeds are guaranteed to germinate and include organic, heirloom, Whopper, and gourmet seed varieties that are always non-GMO. Mail-order gardening makes it easy to shop, select, purchase, and receive your seed order direct to your door. Seeds ship within days of order receipt and live plants, bulbs, and roots ship at the ideal time for planting in your growing Zone. Since 1868, Park Seed has supported American gardeners and we’ll do the same for you.
Pinetree Garden Seeds
A family owned and operated business since 1979, Pinetree Garden Seeds was founded with the simple mission of offering low prices on quality seeds to the home gardener. Over the years offerings have expanded to include over 1300 varieties of seeds, including many Heirlooms & Organics, a huge assortment of tools and gardening gear, books, live plants, and soap making/crafting supplies. Located in rural Maine, we operate out of a 300 year old farmhouse and strive to offer the best service and products with a personal touch.
Thank you for your interest in R.H. Shumway, the most complete online resource for flowers, shrubs, evergreens, tools, and gardening supplies. We now offer our customers access to all of our catalog publications electronically. The online versions of the catalogs are the exact replication of the print versions so you’re not missing a single product or deal.
Rohrer Seeds is one of several seed catalog companies still offering seed catalog mailings, but is viewed by many as one of the best seed catalog companies since we’ve been doing it now for 100 years! We also offer one of the largest seed ordering catalogs with over 1,100 selections of seeds along with seed potatoes, asparagus plants and onion plants. Any seed purchased will be of the highest quality, as advertised, or you will be immediately refunded your purchase price.
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange focuses on stewarding and sharing the large collection of open-pollinated varieties the organization has since amassed, thanks in large part to that original group of dedicated gardeners. The varieties are truly priceless—some represent a family’s immigration story, while others produce memorable, flavorful food dished up, year after year, at family gatherings. Together the seeds of these varieties compose an irreplaceable genetic resource that may well guarantee the security of our future food supply. These rare, diverse seeds ensure that we have varieties adapted to different climate conditions and resistant to certain diseases. When seed diversity is strong, our food system is protected, as this diversity increases the probability of having crop varieties that thrive in adverse situations.
Today, more than 45 years later, we house the nation’s largest nongovernmental seed bank of its kind, where thousands of rare, heirloom varieties are safeguarded for generations to come—our children, and our children’s children.
Select Seeds – Antique Flowers offers gardeners a fabulous selection of unique, high-quality flower seeds and plants, specializing in old-fashioned fragrant flowers, flowering vines, and rare annuals and perennials. Many antique flowers are hard-to-find heirlooms, passed from one generation to another. The goal of Select Seeds is to make certain every generation can enjoy the blossoms that were grown yesterday and long before that.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers about 800 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. We emphasize varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers over the country grow our seeds. As of 2017, over 60% of the varieties we offer are Certified Organic, and over 60% are grown by small farmers we know and contract with directly. We offer many unusual Southern heirlooms, One of our gardens in spring including peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, roselle, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans. We do not sell chemically treated seeds.
Sow True Seed
Sow True Seed is a collection of over 500 types of GMO-free vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. We proudly carry heirloom, organic, and small farmer-grown varieties. It is our mission to encourage seed saving for a resilient food system. Supporting food security and seed diversity since 2009.
Spring Hill Nurseries
When Spring Hill began selling plants to home gardeners 100+ years ago, it mailed gardening catalogs featuring all of its offerings. Our customers filled out an order form and mailed it back to us. Times have changed, and we conduct most of our business online, as do many of our customers. This enables us to carry a wider selection of plants, shrubs, and trees–and to let our customers know immediately when we have new offerings. We still mail our smaller garden catalog of bulbs and special offers. After all, there’s nothing like receiving full-color printed materials featuring our plants.
Territorial Seed Company
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately people and communities. Territorial only offers untreated seed.
Central Indiana is in USDA Planting Zone 6a
As a reminder, Central Indiana is in USDA zone 6a with an average last spring frost occurring on April 15th. However, as a general “rule of thumb”, most people stick to not planting summer crops until Mother’s Day.
Seed Starting Dates 6, 8, 10, and 12 Weeks Before April 15, 2023
If you plan on planting your 2023 garden on or after the average last frost date, here are the dates that you need to start your seeds indoors by:
- 12 Weeks: Saturday, January 21, 2023
- 10 Weeks: Saturday, February 4, 2023
- 8 Weeks: Saturday, February 18, 2023
- 6 Weeks: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Seed Starting Dates 6, 8, 10, and 12 Weeks Before May 14, 2023
If you plan on planting your 2023 garden on or after Mother’s Day, here are the dates that you need to start your seeds indoors by:
- 12 Weeks: Sunday, February 19, 2023
- 10 Weeks: Sunday, March 5, 2023
- 8 Weeks: Sunday, March 19, 2023
- 6 Weeks: Sunday, April 2, 2023