Territorial Seed Company – 2017 Seed Catalog Reviews

territorial seed company 2017 catalog For years I have considered Territorial to perhaps be my favorite seed company although I really cannot pick one favorite as you can see from this series of posts.  The reason Territorial Seeds has gotten consistently high marks is because they have such a wonderful large diverse selection of varieties, with most being open pollinated. I must say, for 2017, they seem to be moving into more hybrids to a disappointing degree. I prefer a large selection of open pollinated varieties with a few highly tested hybrids for certain situations.

That said, they have made one major improvement in their already outstanding catalog.  Territorial has always provided nutra red carrotoutstanding growing information in their catalogs, making it a great resources, but for 2017, they have improved the layout of the information, which now looks similar to Sow True Seed and is much easier to read than previous years.

Territorial is very conscious of offering quality non-GMO seed. Although not all their selections are organic, they do have organic dazzeling blue lacinato kal eoptions. One of the first seed companies we started using in the 1980s and the only one who has had the sustaining power to keep us coming back all these decades later.

Some interesting new varieties they are offering for 2017 are Sugar Magnolia, a violet-podded snap pea, Nurti-Red carrot, high in lycopene, Dazzling Blue lacinato kale with shocking pink midribs.

organe burst cauliflowerWanting an orange cauliflower the variety of which is NOT owned by Monsanto (Cheddar is owned by them), try Orange Burst Cauliflower, a hybrid worth trying.

They carry many of our must have favorites including Blue Lake pole bean, Purple peacock broccoli, Alderman shelling pea, and Gourmet orange bell pepper.  For red slicing tomatoes we like Stupice, Siletz victoria butterhead lettuceand Carmelo.  For smaller tomatoes try Gold Nugget, Chocolate cherry and Principe Borchese.

I’ve always loved their outstanding selection of lettuces. Some favorites include: Matina sweet and Victoria butterheads, Loma raven zucchiniFrench crisp, Merlot and Two Star leaf and Flashy Trout’s Back (Forellenschluss) and Marshall romaine.

If you need or want a hybrid summer squash, Territorial has our two favorites, Raven zucchini and Bush baby, which is good for small space and container gardens.  Considering great container varieties, betterbush butternut squash in a containerBetterbush hybrid butternut squash lets you harvest butternut squashes from containers.  Unheard of until recently, but we tried it last year and itterritorial seed company fall and winter catalog s true!

For those wanting to garden in all four seasons, Territorial has a Fall & Winter catalog dedicated to varieties for the cold seasons, including overwintering varieties.  This catalog has the same type of great growing information you find in their Spring & Summer catalog.

2017 Seed Catalog Reviews – High Mowing Seeds

High Mowing 2017 Seed Catalog cover If you are one of those people who want organic seed, not matter what and no matter the price, High Mowing if your seed company.  They carry 100% certified organic, non-GMO verified seeds.  That folks, is a big deal.

Having this type of standard does come with a cost though, their seeds are often high priced compared to other companies.

They also carry a large selection of hybrid; non-GMO, varieties.  Although seed savers are not fond of hybrids, those who are looking for new varieties bred for our changing climate are grateful for them. High Mowing is very picky about who they partner with and offer such a large selection of hybrids, from modern hybridizer’s intent on expanding organic seed varieties.  They carry seeds from breeders at Cornel University, Vitalis,  Kultursaat, Genesis Seeds and other University and quality seed breeding programs.

parsnip photoHigh Mowing serves organic growers and is dedicated to providing very high quality seed. A new standout for us this year is their Halblange Parsnip, an open pollinated variety from Bingenheinmer Saatgut, a biodynamic company in Germany.  Shorter and stockier roots are easier to grow in our clay soils, or in gardens where the soil has not been built up so much yet.

https://seeds.bingenheimersaatgut.de/

waldman's dark green lettuce They also carry our hands-down favorite green leaf lettuce, Waldman’s Dark Green.  We also particularly like their selections of radishes and spinach.

Whenever we have a bug or other problem that prompts us to look for a hybrid, we always go to High Mowing first.  We’ve liked Caraflex F1 cabbage and Yaya F1 carrot, all first offered from High Mowing,  so much they have become staples in our differnt colored radishes garden.

As you can see, the folks at High Mowing carry a unique collection of quality varieties from around the world,  Great folks, great seed.  Our only con, is some varieties are above our home gardener recommended price point of being below $4 a packet. You get what you pay for.

Southern Exposure 2014 Seed Catalog

Last year we started talking about seed companies and their catalogs.  This year we continue, starting with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE).

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange 2014 Cover
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange 2014 Cover

Beyond having a beautiful and whimsical cover, SESE specialized in varieties that grow well in mid-east and southern United States, AKA, hot humid summers. Historically, they have ties with Seed Saver’s Exchange, so they have a similar ethic of persevering heirloom varieties and encouraging people to save their own seed.

They have an outstanding variety and draw from small regional farms, some of whom are featured in their catalog.  They have taken the Safe Seed Pledge, and are one of the 73 plaintiffs continuing their lawsuit against Monsanto, in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto.

Because they specialize in varieties for the south, you’ll find a larger selection of southern favorites including black-eyed peas (or cowpeas as they call them), okra, collards, peanuts and cotton (in various natural colors), than other catalogs. They have a pictorial designation for varieties well-suited to the southeast to help you find these quickly. They have many organic selections.

Here are 9  + varieties to try:

Rosella Purple Tomatos
Rosella Purple tomato gives you full sized slicer taste on a determinate plant that can be grown in containers – yummy
White Bush Scallop Summer Squash Harvest
We love Early White Bush Scallop summer squash. It is very productive all summer and seems to resist squash beetle attack longer than some other varieties.
Sweet Valentine Lettuce
A must have for the lettuce bed is Sweet Valentine. We used to get this years ago from another company and loved it, so we are happy SESE has it. Sweet Valentine is a great all season variety that does well in summer’s heat when shaded, and also in a hoop house from fall into the winter.
Neptune Red Tomato
Neptune & Old Virginia red tomatoes are noted to produce well in hot humid summers. Neptune is pictured.
Dakota Black Popcorn
SESE has an excellent section of popcorn. There is nothing like inviting friends over for a movie and serving home grown popcorn. We love Dakota Black (which pops white and is more like food than just a snack), but try more than one variety and compare.
Sierra Crisphead Lettuce
We have enjoyed two of their crisphead lettuces that are very different are from each other in look, but, both held up great in the fall garden, even with light frost. Try both Loma & Sierra. This is Sierra.
Loma Chrisphead Lettuce
Loma Chrisphead Lettuce
Sweet potatoes of various colors
Like sweet potatoes ? They have a good selection of orange, white and purple fleshed varieties. They carry Bunch Porto Rico for those with smaller gardens because of its shorter more compact vines.
Stone Mountain Watermelon
Southern selections would have to include watermelon, and they have white, yellow, orange and red fleshed varieties. If you have the space, try Stone Mountain for old fashioned 30 pound melons.
Ashe County Pimento Sweet Pepper
Ashe County Pimento sweet peppers are thick, juicy and delicious and can be grown in containers.