I’ve been browsing the seed catalogues and I have to say I’m a sucker for some nice layout and good photography. Some of the seed catalogues are just lists of text, with the odd picture thrown in here and there. That’s no good for me, I want to look at the pretty pictures! With that in mind I have chosen my favourite seed catalogues (above). They are Moles Seeds (nice photos, large format and you get a free year planner). Plants of Distinction (I used it to order my cut flowers this year). Simply Vegetables (an amazing array of unusual varieties, beautifully photographed). Ken Muir (the ultimate fruit buying experience) and Marshalls (recently redesigned and practically perfect in every way). As an ex-magazine editor I can appreciate good layout and Marshalls has it all. Clean, readable, tips as you go, with some sharp photography. I was all ready to empty my bank account when I popped over to Allotments 4 All and read this post about what a rip off seed catalogues are. I must admit I was a bit downhearted after reading this. There’s no Wilkinsons near me and as I work full time I haven’t got time to drive to the nearest one. But it also got me thinking – most of us are not growing vegetables as a necessity anymore, it’s more of a hobby than a real need so why do we need to scout out the cheapest possible deal? Of course, I don’t want to get ripped off just like the next guy but I also don’t want to spend my Saturday tramping around Wiltshire looking for a Ã‚Â£2 bag of seed potatoes. Maybe, I’m a child of my time but if I can buy something online for a little extra then I’ll do it.