...only as good as your toolsGardening is enjoyable when you have the right tools and knowledge to keep things going year after year. As I learn, I'll add to and prune this list as needed. There are so many wonderful companies (large and small) that help my garden dreams grow!
- Botanical Interests
Available online and sometimes at your local garden center. One of my favorite suppliers because of consistency and variety.
Recommend: Bouquet dill, French Breakfast radish, Black Krim tomato, Sun Gold tomato
- Kitazawa Seed Co.
West Coast Asian varietals with excellent germination and flavor; all contained in iconic manila & emerald green catalogs and seed packets.
Recommend: Hybrid Cross daikon, Wild Red Streak arugula, Sweet Large Leaf Thai basil
- Johnny's Selected Seeds
New, coveted varieties every year with massive stock. The largest selection of lettuce I've ever seen, and they are delicious.
Recommend: Salanova Green Sweet Crisp lettuce, Queen Lime zinnia, Leisure cilantro
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Rare seeds, indeed! Affordable, high quality seeds and I think they still add free seeds with every order.
Recommend: Sugar Daddy snap pea, Bachelor's Button flower mix, Dragon's Egg cucumber
- The Vital Question by Nick Lane
A deep-dive into the origins of life and the energy needed to make complex life possible. It's a little technical, but approachable enough to show the insurmountable odds it took to change life from a peaceful, single-celled amoeba into a gregarious gardener!
- Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture
by Toby Hemenway
This book has many helpful charts and illustrations for gardens of all sizes and shapes, including trendy keyhole gardens and orchard arrangements. Most importantly, it helps gardeners recreate natural environments to maximize production and minimize field work.