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Post  choksaw on Tue 09 Mar 2010, 11:54 pm

Im not one to go for the hybrid seeds that are sold localy at lowes and home depot etc so i did some searchingand found this site all they sell is heirloom seeds no hybrids and to me the taste is that much sweeter
http://rareseeds.com/
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Post  mckr3441 on Wed 10 Mar 2010, 9:41 pm

Thanks for the good lead. I'm going to check it out. I've found heirloom seeds at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. www.monticello.org We visited one year and I bought seeds then. Since then I get them through their catalog.
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Post  kghouston05 on Thu 11 Mar 2010, 8:59 pm

Just wanted to mention that I ordered some of my seeds from Baker's Creek (rareseeds.com). They have a ton of cool tomato varieties especially. I got Stupice and Break of Day and they sent me Henderson Pink Ponderosas for free. I also got a watermelon variety that is apparently rare now. They were by far the fastest to deliver. I got my peppers from Reimers and a mix of other stuff from RH Shumway. Both took a full week longer to send me my stuff. Also, Reimers does not include any planting info on their packs. You have to relook them up online.

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Post  mwood4d on Thu 11 Mar 2010, 10:55 pm

mcckr3441--Hopefully, this year will be a good year to start "deadheading" and collecting your seeds for next year....I get alot of pleasure from doing this and then sharing seeds with anyone who is interested in them.....It's so much fun to collect the seeds and then replant the following year...you'll have your own "heirloom" seeds soon enough..... good luck!

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Post  mckr3441 on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 12:00 am

Hi Margaret, I've been a seed saver too for a long time. I have so many seeds from last year. My neighbor had a brunch for the local ladies last Saturday and we all exchanged seeds. I gave away so many cleome seeds and I still have enough to cover the earth! You are right, sharing the seeds is fun. I had nicotianna and cosmos, too. Picked up some veggies and dahlias.

Sometimes I stop growing a flower and have no more seeds when I get interested in that plant again. Then I have to go back to Montecello! Kghouston, above, mentioned that Reimers doesn't include planting info. Unfortunately, neither does Montecello .
Guess we're all just suppposed to know what to do with them
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Post  mwood4d on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 6:52 am

Hi...I tried nicotiana,but no success...as far as not knowing what to do with seeds, i just throw them into the ground and hope for the best, but aren't we lucky we have the internet so we can look up seed identification!!!!...I picked up a really interesting old seed book from a garage sale and every now and then i leaf thru it and find something interesting.!!!!enjoy the day, off to work(ugh) I'd rather be looking at seed catalogs!
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Post  plb on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 8:25 am

I bought my heirloom seeds from http://www.realseeds.co.uk/. They specialize in varieties that grow well in the UK climate, and that have good flavour. Their seeds come with instructions about how to save your own seeds, and they have a lot of info on their website too.

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Post  Lavender Debs on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 8:44 am

This year I have 3 Heirloom Tomatoes, a Chinese/snow pea, and broccoli.

Mine come from all over but there is a sweet little heirloom seed seller on one of the San Juan Islands off the Washington Coast. They don't even have a website. Fun.
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Post  timwardell on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 9:47 am

I too enjoy the flavor of heirlooms over most hybrids. I get my seeds from:
http://www.seedsavers.org/ - great seed saver organization
http://www.tomatofest.com/ - they grow 600 varieties of tomatoes!
http://www.seedsofchange.com/ - certified organic seed
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Post  mckr3441 on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 6:07 pm

mw4d... I just can't get enough of these. I did have to try two or three times last year to get them to germinate but once they did they went like gangbusters. I had them in Mel's Mix in pots. I had so many that I was giving pots of full grown plants away to anyone who would take them!



The look so good scattered around the yard. Try again. You'll love them and if you have the tall night-scented ones as these are, they have such a wonderful scent in the evening. We try to keep some near us on the deck.
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Post  mwood4d on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 9:10 pm

mckr:...i'm soo jealous...they look lovely...i bet they would be nice in our yard...we have a huge yard, fenced in of course, because of all the deer...we live in a log cabin and the deer really take over, but the enclosed yard is about 3/4 of an acrea, maybe an acrea...but we have beds and they sure would look nice...i'm going to again try now that i see what i'm missing..thanks for sharing the photo!..m
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Post  mckr3441 on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 10:38 am

mw, where do you live? I'll bring some to you if you can't get them going yourself

I'm in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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Post  mwood4d on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 6:49 pm

Hi...that would be soo nice, BUT it will be a very long ride..i'm down by the Jersey Shore!!!!!(long beach island area)...that's very sweet of you...i've looked on line for some seeds, so perhaps i'll purchase some...thanks again....
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Post  martha on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 9:18 pm

Oh,no! two more tomato seed sources of which I was previously unaware! Someone above mentioned stupice tomatoes,I just planted them today for the first time ever.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on Sun 14 Mar 2010, 7:51 am

I got 6 different heirloom tomato varieties from www.wintersown.org free -- just sent a SASE envelope. They also have a mixed veggie pack. Also there is a person on the Homesteading forum (http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/) giving away tomato and bean seeds just for postage. He sent me 6 different beans since I already had a bunch of tomato seed sprouting. My problem is going to be growing them all since I want to try every variety. I thought 87 squares was overkill, but now I'm running out of room!

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Post  Wild Bill on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 3:10 pm

I've bought seeds from seedsavers.org and burgess. I've tried the brandywine, stupice, cherokee purple, mortgage lifter and a few other heirloom tomaotes.

However, there is one hybrid tomato that I love, which is the Park's Whopper. I can usually get those as transplants from our local stores.

My next seed purchase will probably be from rareseeds.com

Anyone have any good vine squash varities?

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Post  timwardell on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 4:07 pm

@Wild Bill wrote:Anyone have any good vine squash varities?

This subject also came up in another thread. I haven't tried it yet, but...
http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/packpg/veg/squash-trombetta.htm
It's a climbing summer squash.
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Wild Bill!

Post  kghouston05 on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 5:24 pm

Did you not like the stupice? Details please!

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Post  choksaw on Tue 16 Mar 2010, 10:31 pm

@mwood4d wrote:Hi...that would be soo nice, BUT it will be a very long ride..i'm down by the Jersey Shore!!!!!(long beach island area)...that's very sweet of you...i've looked on line for some seeds, so perhaps i'll purchase some...thanks again....

I grew up in NJ middlesex county Old Bridge have been down in your neck of the woods tonsof times (partying)
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Post  Wild Bill on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 9:12 am

@kghouston05 wrote:Did you not like the stupice? Details please!

I only grew one stupice plant and production wasn't too great. It produced medium sized tomatoes that were ok... I need to grow some more of them to get a better evaluation, since the first plant didn't do too well.

Now I had a ton of Mortgage Lifters, Parks Whoppers, Cherokee Purples, Dr. Carolyn and Elfin/Sprite tomatoes that were all very good. I had experimented with planting tomatoes in ground by themselves, in ground with a secret mix recipe, and in earthboxes. Overall, the earthboxes out produced the ones in the ground.

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Post  timwardell on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 10:11 am

@Wild Bill wrote:I had experimented with planting tomatoes in ground by themselves, in ground with a secret mix recipe, and in earthboxes. Overall, the earthboxes out produced the ones in the ground.

At the risk of raising the ire of the SFG police :suspect: I too will be growing some tomatoes in Earth Boxes this year. I LOVE tomatoes and am planting 9 varieties this year. 6 plants will be in my SFG growing in the Mel's Mix. 4 others will be in the two Earth Boxes I just ordered. I'm anxious to do a side by side comparison and see which yields better results. It get's HOT here in Texas and providing enough water to the tomatoes to allow them to thrive but not so much they'll crack can be a challenge.
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Post  Wild Bill on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 10:19 am

@timwardell wrote: I LOVE tomatoes and am planting 9 varieties this year.

Tim,

Which varieties you growing? I'm always wanting to try new varieties and here how others think of the various tomatoes out there.

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Post  timwardell on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 11:11 am

@Wild Bill wrote:
@timwardell wrote: I LOVE tomatoes and am planting 9 varieties this year.

Tim,

Which varieties you growing? I'm always wanting to try new varieties and here how others think of the various tomatoes out there.

For 2010 I'm growing...
1. Dr. Carolyn
2. Chocolate Cherry
3. Green Zebra (2 of these)
4. Carmello
5. Japanese Black Trifele
6. Orange Banana
7. Fox Cherry
8. German Pink
9. Gold Medal
10. Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
11. Mexico Midget
....Mmmmm, guess I miscounted. That's 12 plants and a 11 varieties. Hope my neighbors like tomatoes as much as I do. Laughing All of these are heirloom varieties grown from transplants. Here's hoping for good tomato weather!
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Post  Wild Bill on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 11:37 am

I see a few new ones in that list.

Have you grown the green zebras before? Do they make good fried green tomatoes? :-)

Orange Banana sounds good... I'm wanting to try Kellogg's Breakfast which is an orange type of tomato.

You sound like me, I just keep adding more tomato plants to grow. I can't stop at just a few. lol

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Post  timwardell on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 12:01 pm

@Wild Bill wrote:I see a few new ones in that list.

Have you grown the green zebras before? Do they make good fried green tomatoes? :-)

Orange Banana sounds good... I'm wanting to try Kellogg's Breakfast which is an orange type of tomato.

You sound like me, I just keep adding more tomato plants to grow. I can't stop at just a few. lol

I tried green zebra a few years back in a container on the patio at a former home. We went out of town for summer vacation in early June and when we returned tomato horn worms had eaten 80% of the plant. Sad So... I never even got to taste 'em. ... Yes, I dream about working at the TomatoFest farm in California. They grow 500 varieties. Talk about tomato heaven!
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