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.