Seed Search Engine: Budget Gardening Tip

As true summertime nears, it’s becoming more and more important to get certain seeds in the ground. If you are looking for the perfect heirloom tomato seeds, or old-fashioned beans that aren’t sold at the average garden center, look no further.

The editors at Mother Earth News partnered with Google to create a new seed search engine – which searches only current plant and seed catalogs. With access to about 150 catalogs, you’re sure to find exactly what you are looking for (and probably some things you didn’t even know you were looking for, but have to have!). All the well-known commercial catalogs are included in the search engine, as well as dozens of smaller, specialized ones.

If you’re hazy on when to plant what, or what growing zone you are in, the website can help. Catalog entries often include growing tips and even planting combinations. For example, the Kitchen Garden Seeds catalog not only offers sprouting seeds, but gives detailed instructions on how to sprout them without fancy equipment, and recipes to use them in.

For more information, visit the Mother Earth News Seed and Plant Finder.

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