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February 2011

Reviewing seed catalogs

By Mike Thayer

With snow knee deep and more on the way, now is a good time to check out plant/seed catalogs and online websites.  Here are some choices that may be of interest to you.

Jung Seeds & Plants:  I've had a pretty good experience with Jung's over the years, their shipping is timely (some outfits will ship starter plants/stock way too early for Iowa) and their product is sound.  You can't go wrong with their veggie lineup.

Burpee:  Another standby, and their seed packets can be seen in many store locations around the Iowa City/Coralville area come late winter/early spring.  Menards, Lowes, Paul's Discount, HyVee, Ace Hardware come to mind.  Their website has a product review section which is kind of nice in making purchasing decisions.

Park Seed Co.:  This is another company with quite a bit of history, 143 years in fact.  Reasonably priced, their catalog has good content and their sale items are attractive, as opposed to lower quality offerings. 

Burgess:  Another popular company, also a brand you'll find in the stores come spring.  Some of their bulb collection is hit or miss.  In my experience the rate of a bad bulb is higher than other companies.