December is a relatively slow month for tasks within the garden, but this gives us a great opportunity to pour over the seed catalogues in preparation for what we would like to grow next year. Seed merchants normally distribute their plant and seed catalogues during December so it’s best to contact them early to ensure that they haven’t run out of supplies.
Once your name is on their database of customers, you don’t generally need to order any new ones for the following months as they will get sent out to you automatically.
Here in the UK, there are a variety of reputable seed merchants that supply free seed catalogues with a great selection of fruit and vegetable plants and seeds. Details of some of the most popular ones can be found listed below:
There are some other companies that I have used in the past, that don’t generally send out catalogues, but do have a vast selection of fruit and vegetables seeds displayed on their websites, with reasonable prices for postage and packaging.
These are seedparade.co.uk, vegetableseeds.net and of course the trusty eBay!
Please feel free to let me know of any other seed merchants you could recommend so that this information can be passed onto other fellow gardeners around the globe.
Before you order any seeds it is worthwhile having a look at what you already have as seeds have a shelf life and are only viable for a certain length of time. Parsnips seeds, for example are only viable for up to a year so these would need to be bought in new every year. You could always share the cost of buying seeds with a friend as most seed packets generally have more seeds than one person can grow in a year! Swapping seeds is also a great way of trying a new variety.
By planning ahead in the summer and autumn months you could also save your own seed. Some vegetable plants are relatively easy to save seed from such as beans, peas, peppers and tomatoes, and a few a little more difficult like carrots, leeks, onions or even beetroot.
I’ll give more details about saving seeds over the next few months so in the meantime have a look at what seeds you already have, check out the seed merchants catalogues or online stores and look forward to planning ahead with next years’ growing season!