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 Post subject: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:07 pm 
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I buy all my own seeds at heirloom seed companies, however next year I'm planting a 900 sq. foot vegetable garden at my dads house. That means a lot of seeds, and potentially a lot of money. Since it's my dad's garden and he's not into heirlooms like I am I just want to get standard plants, as non-GMO as possible, but not fancy pantsy and expensive either. I don't want to resort to buying from burpee or the like. I'm just looking for similarly inexpensive vegetable seeds. Does anyone have a suggestion, or a favorite seed company?
Or if you happen to have any old seeds lying around that you don't want I'll take them! I'd rather plant old unwanted burpee seeds than buy new ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:56 pm 
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Pinetree Garden Seeds are great, and less than $2/packet. They have a great selection, and a few things in their sale section are less than $1/packet.

Johnny's is good, and if you use coupon code 10-1006, you get 20% off of your order.

Main Street Seed and Supply is cheap and they sell in bulk, which might be helpful if you want to, say, broadcast a 5x5 patch with lettuce seeds or something. I've never bought from them because I also only grow weird heirlooms!

Home Harvest Seeds sells heavily discounted Ferry-Morse seeds (around $1/packet). They also have the magical wonder that is seed tape for like $2/roll.

Generic Seeds is all non-GMO, minimal packaging, low prices. They have at least 100 types of seeds for under $2 each, and you can sort by price.

Here's a relevant Gardenweb thread: some good places to get seeds online.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:04 pm 
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i buy from pinetree when i need something odd but i had some issues with a few packets not germinating at all. 0%. Not sure if stuff got radiated or i got a bad batch (there were 3 or 4 packets) but it was really disappointing. if i were in the US i could have sent them back and got a refund, i think, but from outside it wasn't practical.

(note, the things that didn't germinate were sort of odd- red shiso, stevia, and a few heirlooms like pattypan squash and types of gourds. ;-( )

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Thanks guys! Wow stephanie, awesome list. I'll surely check out those sites.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:49 pm 
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I order from Pinetree also, especially when I want to try a variety out to see if I like it. A lot of their seed is in very small lots though, so they don't go far, especially if you save seed from year to year in cool, dry storage. I have had trouble, like Torque, with poor germination, but I've had problems with other companies too. Probably my worst luck with Pinetree is with winter squashes that have cross-pollinated and are not true to type.

If anyone does want to try organic, interesting seeds though, I'd recommend Wild Garden Seeds. They specialize in greens and primarily sell wholesale to other seed companies, but they also have a nice on-line retail catalog. Their seed packets are huge. http://www.wildgardenseed.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:48 am 
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Seconding Johnny's Selected Seeds! They have been great seeds for me. And check prices on specific seeds - sometimes a place like Seeds of Change will have something you want for less than other places.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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My boss is quitting in order to open a nursery where she will be able to promote agrobiodiversity, she plans to sell seeds probably starting next year! I will definitely let you guys all know once she is up and running!


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:18 pm 
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kibbles wrote:
I buy all my own seeds at heirloom seed companies, however next year I'm planting a 900 sq. foot vegetable garden at my dads house. That means a lot of seeds, and potentially a lot of money. Since it's my dad's garden and he's not into heirlooms like I am I just want to get standard plants, as non-GMO as possible, but not fancy pantsy and expensive either. I don't want to resort to buying from burpee or the like. I'm just looking for similarly inexpensive vegetable seeds. Does anyone have a suggestion, or a favorite seed company?
Or if you happen to have any old seeds lying around that you don't want I'll take them! I'd rather plant old unwanted burpee seeds than buy new ones.

Thanks all!


That's funny--I just came across some seeds I am not using. These are old, from 2007 and 2008, but I think they are supposed to be good for five years, aren't they? I have at least:

Burpee cilantro
Botanical Interests Armenian burpless cucumber
Botanical Interests catnip
Botanical Interests celebrity tomato
American Seed super marmalade tomato
American Seed lemon cucumber

and I may have more. Send me a PM if you're interested and I will send them out!


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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stephanie wrote:
Home Harvest Seeds sells heavily discounted Ferry-Morse seeds (around $1/packet). They also have the magical wonder that is seed tape for like $2/roll.

I ended up ordering the seeds from this company, they had the best variety and price. I want to point out that you can make your own seed tape with crappy dollar-store toilet paper, seeds, glue (or just a spray bottle of water) and some patience! That's what I'm doing this spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Beauty Beyond Belief is really great. Their seeds are wonderful, but really inexpensive, and they donate tons of seeds to community gardens and school gardens.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Along with the other websites listed here, I'd like to give a shout out to Seed Savers Exchange (http://www.seedsavers.org). They have an online store that offers an incredibly wide variety of heirloom seeds (as well as dried heirloom beans - a great way to try out beans that are new to you), but you can also become a member of the organization and receive a yearbook in which members state what heirloom varieties they have been growing. As I understand it, members can request seeds from or offer seeds to other members. That said, I've never tried out the seed exchange, because my postage-stamp sized yard doesn't permit me to grow much, so I could never offer seeds to others.

You could also check out your local craigslist; sometimes people offer seeds, including heirloom seeds, on ours.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:35 pm 
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I'm going to a seed swap next saturday where i can do some tradesies. Do you have anything like that in your neck of the woods?


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Magpie-Grin wrote:
I'm going to a seed swap next saturday where i can do some tradesies. Do you have anything like that in your neck of the woods?

Yes, but it seems it's full of old ladies who only swap flowers!


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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alligatordisco wrote:
Magpie-Grin wrote:
I'm going to a seed swap next saturday where i can do some tradesies. Do you have anything like that in your neck of the woods?

Yes, but it seems it's full of old ladies who only swap flowers!

Oh, that sucks. My seed company suggestions are ones from BC, so not much help really. We now have the luxury of paying HST (12% tax) on seeds and other gardening related materials.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:15 am 
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If anyone is interested, I just found a coupon code for free shipping at Johnny's Selected Seeds and it really works!

11-1005

It just saved me $6.95 on 3 packs of seeds so I'm very happy.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Thanks Aubade!!


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Does anyone want to sell me some seeds or know where I can get like, a standard garden mix? I have a good sized garden, but I definitely don't need even 40 seeds for one plant so i'd rather just go halfsies.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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mrsbadmouth wrote:
Does anyone want to sell me some seeds or know where I can get like, a standard garden mix? I have a good sized garden, but I definitely don't need even 40 seeds for one plant so i'd rather just go halfsies.

I have a lot of seeds and different varieties, I'd love to share! Just give me a list of what kind of vegetables you're looking to grow, I usually have multiple varieties of everything. I'm sparse on root crops though, I don't like them so I don't grow them.


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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Okay, I've got pretty much everything but I need some lacinato kale seeds.Mmm kale.

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alligatordisco wrote:
mrsbadmouth wrote:
Does anyone want to sell me some seeds or know where I can get like, a standard garden mix? I have a good sized garden, but I definitely don't need even 40 seeds for one plant so i'd rather just go halfsies.

I have a lot of seeds and different varieties, I'd love to share! Just give me a list of what kind of vegetables you're looking to grow, I usually have multiple varieties of everything. I'm sparse on root crops though, I don't like them so I don't grow them.


I don't grow a lot, but I grow a lot of tomatoes (mostly for sauce, but I like to grow some smaller ones for salad), Eggplant, bell peppers, and basil. I'd also like to try and grow some leafy greens this year, in a long stone planter. And cucumbers, I tried growing those one year but some crasshole birds ate all of my flowers! Any other herbs are good, except I found a whole packet of cilantro in my room a few weeks ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Just started my first batch of seeds today (10 different kinds of tomatoes, 7 different kinds of peppers). I have 115 packets of seeds. INSANE! If anyone would like to try some of what I have, drop me a line.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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I just placed an order with seed savers! I mostly did it for the lacinato kale, but I also ordered red russian kale, 3 kinds of lettuce (red flame, the spotty romaine and red romaine), 2 kinds of cherry tomatoes (red and yellow) and some watermelons that love hot weather and sandy soil.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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i'm a big fan of renee's and seeds of change. i can get these at work, so let me know if you want any.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey Gardeners: Seeds?
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Here's another thread that should be moved to the greenhouse.

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