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What seed companies do you like?
December 19, 2011
4:21 pm
farmkat
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I've been thinking of ordering some seeds – vegetable, fruit, and herbs for next year. non-gmo, of course, heirloom preferable. I want to just order a pre-selected garden instead of just individual packets. I've heard though, that some seed companies fill those type of orders with seeds from previous years. 

What seed companies have you had good seeds / good customer service from?

 

Thanks,

Kathy

December 19, 2011
6:24 pm
brookdale
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Johnny's has always been good for me. Pinetree is another good one.

Check out the Dave's Garden website, http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/

LOTS of info there too.

Good luck!

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December 19, 2011
7:09 pm
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farmkat, I am with brookdale.  I love Johnny's Selected Seeds.  Even though I am in Northern CA, I am at 3,000'  (past 5 years.)   For 30 years we were near the CA coast.  So don't be put off becasue you are in CA and they are in Maine.  They have many seed varieties for regular and  shorter bearing crops.  They always use current year seed and tell just how good the germination is.i  They have great customer service and I like that they are employee owned.  The thing I like is their tutorials on growing things.  They are for commercial and home gardeners.  I have ordered from them for so many years.  I do get and use other catalogs.  What gardener doesn't love garden catalogs.  Gee, maybe I will get a free package of seed for touting them, LOL. 

December 19, 2011
9:03 pm
Miss Judy
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Johnny's is good…I have also had  good luck with Baker Creek  heirloom seeds …but then I live here in Mo and have ordered and also went to their store in Mansfield Mo.

I've been wanting to try Renees Garden (I think that's the name) for some of the lettuces.

I could spend hours looking at seed catalogs…ok I DO spend hours looking…wink

December 20, 2011
8:06 am
Joyce
Western WV
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I like Nichols Garden Nursery, Oregon for herbs and garden seeds, Tomato Growers in Florida for Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant etc.,  and last but one of the best Evergreen Seeds in California for all sorts of Asian Vegetables, lettuce etc.   As far as the seeds being organic,  not genetically modified, and  heirloom or hybrid you will have to read the information carefully where ever you buy.  I hope you have a super productive garden this coming  year,  Joyce.

December 20, 2011
12:04 pm
aprilejoi
Michigan
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Just requested a catalog from Johnny's. I have been known to pick up seeds at the grocery store ,  the hardware store etc, and usually regret it. This year I will be ordering from reputable seed companies and I hope I will have better results. I recieved my Baker Heirlooms catalog and am blown away by the beautiful photography.

December 20, 2011
12:45 pm
MrsFuzz
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I second Johnnys, but I also got a catalog from these folks this year, and I am DYING to try them out.  Their catalog is amazing.  http://www.landrethseeds.com/  I suppose when you've been selling seeds to Americans for something like 300 years, you get pretty good at what you do.

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December 20, 2011
1:43 pm
TeaCup
New England
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I mostly use Johnny's too, but intend to get catalogs from Landreth, E & R seeds (Mennonite owned, the only complaint I found about them is that they don't answer their phone/call back promptly. It's a Mennonite business, what would you expect?) and Denali seeds (seed co in Alaska).

 

I've always been happy with Johnny's, but want to extend my season a bit this coming year, so I'm interested in cold tolerant varieties.

 

In the past, I bought a lot of seeds from Bountiful Gardens.

 

Judi

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December 20, 2011
3:14 pm
farmkat
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WOW.

thanks guys. lots to check out. I had just typed in "heirloom seeds" on google, but you guys didn't mention any of those companies!!

I did get on HomesteadingToday.com and checked to see if they had any threads going (I haven't asked there yet). Mypatriotsupply was recommended there – they are also the sponsors of that part of the forum, but everyone seems to like them anyways. Seems like a few more were mentioned, but I don't remember now which ones. I'll have to go back and check.

 

I'm just trying to get the most bang for my buck. A lot of companies sell the garden-all-in-one package deal, but if they aren't this years seeds, then it's a waste of money for me, as I highly, highly doubt I'll be planting all the seeds that come in some of those packages! Guess I should order some catalogs so I can plan. and get crackin' on my hubby to build me some beds.

December 20, 2011
5:05 pm
Bev in CA
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Farmket, heirloom seeds are great.  The reason they are sought after is not just because they are a part of our past.  You can save money by saving your own seed for the next year.  The seed will produce exactly the same plant you planted the year before.  This is great but takes a lot of work.  A lot of our seed of today is hybrid seed.  Hybrids are great , too.  The corn we plant produces earlier for our colder climate.  A plus for us.  We use both kinds of seed.  The idea behind heirloom seeds is to be completely self-sustaining.  If you can't buy seeds in bad times you won't have a garden.  If you save a hybrid seed of this years plants you will not get a true plant.  Sometimes the plants will be strange.  Have fun gardening, it is a great joy and so rewarding.   

December 20, 2011
8:25 pm
Birdi
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I live in Maine and have been to Johnny's and they are great! Wonderful customer service and very informative. I do somethings from them but I do most of mine from Morgan County Seeds because they sell in larger quantities, very cheap.  We can buy by the pound or 1/4 lb or whatever…more choices. We have had a great success with them and their seeds also.  There are so many beautiful choices out there.  We just make sure that no matter where we buy them, that they have the "safe seed pledge" which guarantees against Monsanto or any infected seeds…ie GMO.  Doesn't have to be organic for us…just safe!

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December 22, 2011
11:59 am
gakaren
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I'm not sure if any of you have LOOKED at Johnny's catalog this year?  The seeds are EXPENSIVE!!!!  So much so that I pitched the catalog & I've been known to hang onto catalogs for several years.  I just don't plan on paying $6.50 for a packet of seeds!

 

I like Baker Creek & Pinetree…but watch the quantity on the Pinetree packets, some are small.

There are also FedCo and another small place I like is Crosman Seeds….they are super cheap and have a huge variety of flower seeds.

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December 22, 2011
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Bev in CA
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I have my new Johnny's but have not had time to look at it.  Yikes, price will play a part in my ordering.  Know things cost more.  Wonder what is going on there.  Thanks for the input.

December 22, 2011
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farmkat
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Thanks again everyone!! Guess I have enough time before spring to figure all this out. Though being in California (and having access to grow lights), it won't be too long…

 

Anyone have any experience with these companies?:

http://www.victoryseeds.com/

http://eldoradoheirloomseeds.com/

http://www.heirloomseeds.com/

December 24, 2011
1:38 am
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Mother Earth News put Johnny's on top and Baker Creek at third but both are excellent.  Also have had great results with Clear Creek Seeds.  Very easy to work with.

December 26, 2011
9:32 am
Runningtrails - Sheryl
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I like heriloom and/or organic (the two are not the same) seeds because they are non GMO. Who knows what problems eating genetically modfied food will do to us in the long run. I only grow and sell non GMO seed. I also like non hybrids for the reasons stated above - I like to save my own seed. It saves quite a bit every year.

 

Farmkat, what type of seeds would you like to see in an all-in-one garden package?

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December 28, 2011
12:34 pm
farmkat
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Runningtrails – Sheryl said:

Farmkat, what type of seeds would you like to see in an all-in-one garden package?

I'm not sure I really know! I know I want corn as I've missed corn-on-the-cob. I didn't trust any of the varieties at the stores as I know they were more than likely gmo. Meant to go to the Farmer's Market, but never made it – they have it on Fridays and I work out of town. And tomatoes!  But I haven't really thought beyond that. That's why I wanted to go with a package deal – they can do the thinking for me. fork

 

I'm considering the Victory Garden package at this site: 

http://www.heirloomseeds.com/main/index.html?c41.html&1

though I think that's probably way too many seeds for us right now. I do like what they include in their herbal packages though and will probably at least order those. 

December 28, 2011
10:28 pm
Virginia Naturals
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Here is a list of seed companies that I like to order from.  Look for companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. 

Abundant Life Seeds, London, OR – http://www.abundantlifeseeds.com

Bountiful Gardens, Willits, CA – http://www.bountifulgardens.org

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, Grass Valley, CA- http://www.groworganic.com

Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA – http://www.seedsavers.org

Seeds of Change, Rancho Dominges, CA – http://www.seedsofchange.com

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Mineral, VA – http://www.southernexposure.com

Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, ME – http://www.woodprairie.com

December 29, 2011
5:48 pm
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I ordered from Baker Creek and Southern Exposure… but just got my Territorial catalog today and may order from them, too (they have taken the safe seed pledge, but do sell mostly hybrids.)

January 3, 2012
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I have bought from http://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com/ and have had tremendous luck.  Her prices are great and she sends out a nice little catalog.  

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