Garden Catalogs 2019--Fedco Seeds and Supplies

Garden Catalogs 2019--Fedco Seeds and Supplies
This article is only about the seed and supply catalog. Fedco also publishes a tree and plant catalog as well with the deadlines for placing orders being March 1, 2019 with the only exception being scionwood. They also release a Fedco bulb catalog, which comes out in June.

Fedco is a worker-consumer cooperative with the workers sharing ownership and profits. All of their seeds are non-GMO. Fedco pays seed royalties to Native Americans and others. This catalog is a great source for vegetable, grain, flower, and herb seeds.

This is by far one of my favorite seed catalogs. It shares some admirable qualities with those of the Trader Joes catalogs as both are filled with clever black and white line art and wittily written text that is a pleasure to read from cover to cover. With over 150 pages, this catalog is filled not only with many varieties of seeds. It is chock full of all kinds of practical gardening information.

The Fedco seed catalog is truly one of a kind for I’m not aware of any other seed catalog that gives credit to all the individuals that created the catalog.

For 2019, Fedco is offering many new vegetable and flower varieties, which are listed on page three. These include Hot Biscuits amaranth, Pearl radish, Amish snap pea, Sugar cube melon, and an ornamental variety of carrot called Dara Queen Anne’s lace.

There is a handy table of contents on page two along with a full index on the back that lists each plant type or gardening supply.

Novice gardeners should check out the economically priced seed collections on page four. Each collection contains ten packs of seeds. Choices include a container garden collection, a bee and butterfly pollinator collection, a kitchen herb garden, a chicken scratch garden, a children’s garden, and an edible flower collection.

The vegetables are listed alphabetically by common name with the varieties being listed according to their days to maturity. This catalog lists so many kinds of heirloom plants. There are 7½ pages of tomato varieties and six pages of squash.

At the beginning of each vegetable, this features in-depth information on growing the crop. For some veggie crops, there are charts comparing the different varieties.

For herbs and flower seeds, this has handy tables listing all sorts of growing information. There are two pages of flower tables listing all sorts of details on the species, its size, flowering time, and cultural needs. In addition, there is a seed longevity chart for herbs and flower seeds. The catalog also has a handy herb chart presenting all the details the gardener needs for planting and care. There is also a handy chart listing the hotness of various pepper types in Scoville units.

Fedco also sells quite a few types of grains. These include amaranth, and four varieties of rice.

Look for the symbols beside each plant variety. These indicate which ones are organically grown, sustainably grown, biodynamically grown, or an All America Selections winner. For many of the varieties, this has intriguing sketches. The black turtle bean is illustrated with a turtle atop a bunch of black beans.

This Fedco seed catalog lists various types of plants that can be used for natural dyes.

There is also an extensive listing of gardening and farming books that are shipped free of charge. Fedco also sell livestock supplies, compost, potting soils, fertilizers, soil inoculants, and many kinds of gardening tools, supplies, and aids.

Tucked at the bottom of the pages wherever space allows, readers will find additional information about the plants and many informative quotes along with testimonials from satisfied Fedco customers.

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