Pinetree than from any other catalog, which is the bargain-hunter, practical me coming through. Where else can you still buy a packet of seeds for under a dollar? I qualify as a long-time customer, having received the catalog back when it was pretty much colorless, and then later getting onto their website, still barebones and IE-only when everyone else was mounting more up-to-date technology. Both the catalog and the website have improved since then, though content still wins out over appearance.
Tomato seeds as compared before: Celebrity, 15 seeds for $1.75; Brandywine, 25 for $1.35. Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce, 500 seeds for 95 cents!
Descriptions are homey and personal; they've tried all these seeds and it shows. You are seldom going to find the latest fashions in vegetables here, but you'll get a wide selection to choose from, including hybrids, open-pollinated and heirlooms. They also sell herbs, flowers, plants, bulbs, etc., along with a whole lot of books (some discounted steeply) and supplies for gardening, kitchen use and crafts.
Finding things in the catalog can be a little challenging, due to an odd organizational system in which vegetables are listed by type and then you also get a section of international vegetables by region and then a section of container vegetables. There's some cross-referencing, but it's still confusing - for example, to find Bull's Blood Beet I had to look under Dyeing Herbs. (I like to eat it, thank you.) Searching on the website solves this problem.
This is also not a catalog where you get the Latin names of plants provided (a personal preference not shared by everyone, I realize). But if you're looking to not spend a lot of money while still ending up with most of the seeds you wanted, Pinetree is an excellent first stop.
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intended as an endorsement by the University of Maryland. (3) I do not
receive consideration of any kind for mentioning products, brands, or
companies in my postings. The seed catalogs I review are those of
sellers from which I have previously bought seeds.