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We get very little junk mail. I'm beyond vigilant about cancelling any mail-order catalogs that come our way, EXCEPT gardening catalogs - my weakness. I crave the winter pick-me-up, the rainbow-colored eye candy, and had gotten too good at saving all the old issues to use for reference with gardening clients and to fish from when I'm wanting an infusion of fresh ideas.
Lately, however, even the gardening & seed catalogs have been feeling overwhelming, so I vowed for 2013 to only use websites of the companies I've come to love and order in that manner, catalog-free.
Soon after I'd made that decision, I stumbled upon an online tool that makes finding specific seeds and plants much more efficient, comprehensive, and fun!
It's a seed and plant finder hosted by Mother Earth News, (to whom I have no allegiance or ties). The page is so simple that it doesn't look like there's anything there to peruse until you fill in the search box with whatever elusive or common thing you're looking for, and then you're instantly informed of all the reputable businesses that carry it.
For example, my neighbors, who run a community food farm, were gushing about how "magenta lettuce" muscled through last summer's drought without losing taste or texture. Having no clue what they were talking about, I entered "magenta lettuce" into the seed finder page and instantly got a handful of seed company links to explore. Of course, you could do the same thing on a web search engine, but the nice thing about this one is that the companies are pre-screened by Mother Earth News, so you get the good stuff without the junk pages to wade through.
Here's the link, in the case that you didn't already discover it by clicking above:
Happy seed ordering season!
(This post is part of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day blog party, hosted by May Dreams Gardens.)