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Post  middlemamma on 10/12/2010, 4:09 pm

I was making a list for my own use and I just thought I would post here for anyone else to use. If anyone has feedback on any of these companies I am sure that would be welcome. And if you know of a company that I haven't listed feel free to add it. Smile

www.reimerseeds.com -have not used
www.gardensalive.com -have not used
www.territorialseeds.com -have used, good experience
www.rareseeds.com (Bakers Creek)-I have used, good experience
www.gurneys.com -I have not used due to mixed Cust Srvc feedback
www.stokeseeds.com -have not used but noted they were high priced
www.parkseeds.com -have not used
www.victoryseeds.com -have not used
www.johnnyseeds.com -have not used
www.seedsofchange.com -have not used
www.wildgardenseed.com -Specializes in plants that thrive in PNW-have not used
www.seedman.com -specializes in rare and exotic seeds-have not used
www.wegrowgarlic.com -sells garlic by the bulb-I have used and they were wonderful
www.ronnigers.com -seed potatoes-I have used and they were great as well
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Post  camprn on 10/12/2010, 5:52 pm

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/ Very Happy
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Post  acara on 10/12/2010, 7:44 pm

Tomatofest.com

Web-based opinion from what I saw was that they were "expensive", but I didn''t seee that they were any better/worse than anyone else.


Good selection, pictures/description of product, easy order entry & shopping cart, good variety, everything in stock, encrypted payment, shipped when promised, shipped USPS First Class, good packaging & even threw in a bonus pack of seeds.

I have no complaints so far.
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Post  CarolynPhillips on 10/13/2010, 9:55 pm

http://www.totallytomato.com tomato, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, other


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Post  sceleste54 on 10/13/2010, 10:00 pm

My son and his soon-to-be wife have used Seedsofchange. and were very satisfied...Smile

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Post  RoonieRoo on 10/13/2010, 10:26 pm

http://www.southernexposure.com
http://www.woodprairie.com/
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Post  quiltbea on 11/20/2010, 12:47 pm

I've used jJohnnySeeds since I started growing 2 years ago and am very happy with them.
Good quality seed and several varieties for the northern gardener.

Great Seed starting soil, too.

They sell the soil block makers so you don't have to start your small seedlings in pots. Excellent results with those as well, but I only have the 3/4" for starting seeds and 2" size for transplanting before I transplant larger plants into homemade 4"-6" air-pruning pots.
The large soil block maker is too darn expensive, over a hundred bucks.

I got healthy plants and quality seeds from TerritorialSeeds, as well.

No complaints about either company.
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Post  happyfrog on 11/20/2010, 1:26 pm

great idea!

here's what I have in my tableside garden file:

in ABC order:

brecks.com
growitalian.com
jungseed.com
kitazawaseed.com
michiganbulb.com
mzbulb.com
parkseed.com
rhshumway.com
rootsrhizomes.com
selectseeds.com
springhillnursery.com
territorialseed.com
vermontbean.com


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Post  Megan on 11/20/2010, 2:40 pm

What a neat list, BettyAnn! Haven't seen some of those before.... study
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Post  happyfrog on 11/23/2010, 4:43 pm

today i received my first 2011 seed catalogs.

thought it would be fun to put the web links as i receive them so folks can order a catalog, too.

totally tomatoes call toll free 1-800-345-5977 totally tomatoes

vermont bean seed company
call toll free 1-800-349-7333
vermont bean seed company

perhaps others can follow suit with the current offerings as they arrive? i know i don't remember all the places i requested catalogs from this year so it will be fun to get new offerings as well as the current catalog of whatever company i already had in my file to drool and dream over when there's snow and ice everywhere.

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Seed companies in Europe

Post  LaFee on 11/23/2010, 4:59 pm

www.thompson-morgan.com - Thompson & Morgan, UK-based, but ship seeds to Europe.

www.suttons.co.uk -- Sutton's Seeds, also UKbased, also ships to Europe

www.willemsefrance.fr - Willemse, which I *think* is based in the Netherlands, but has great prices on seedlings AND seeds

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Post  camprn on 11/28/2010, 10:48 pm

I may try their artichoke seed www.westcoastseeds.com/
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Post  happyfrog on 12/9/2010, 12:52 pm

here's a new one for me:


seed savers exchange - catalog
http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx

i have a suggestion - can this thread be made a sticky - it seems like this is turning into a great resource thread! "Smile


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Post  happyfrog on 12/9/2010, 1:29 pm

Here are more links directly to the catalog request page:

Henry Fields
http://henryfields.com/catalog_request_qas.asp

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed http://rareseeds.com/requestcatalog/

Thompson and morgan seed http://www.tmseeds.com/catalog_request

nature hills garden http://www.naturehills.com/catalog_request.aspx

gurney's http://gurneys.com/catalog_request_qas.asp

no catalog but fun to check out:

seeds from around the world: http://www.seedman.com/

whatcom seed company: http://seedrack.com/01.html

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Post  Odd Duck on 12/10/2010, 1:55 am

Has anybody posted John Scheepers, Kitchen Garden Seeds, yet?

http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/

I like their selection and seeds, their packets are OK, not great.

Another one is Botanical Interests, lots of interesting selections, big variety.

http://www.botanicalinterests.com/store/index_index.php

I've tried Gourmet Seeds. They have a nice selection, good seed, but really lousy packets. I've had a few of their packets split open while outside planting. Lost, scattered seed all over. Evil or Very Mad Not a happy camper when that happens. Their packets have no pics, no description of the variety and only very general planting instructions for the veg.

Another brand I've found locally (haven't ordered on-line) is Seeds of Change. Have an excellent packet, nice photo of the specific variety, variety specific info on the pack including a description of that particular variety and RESEALABLE! By far my favorite packing for ease of use, info being handy, etc. The big drawback is price. They're more expensive than most.

Found it

http://www.seedsofchange.com/

They have 100% organic per their site and they have a big selection.


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Post  quiltbea on 12/10/2010, 9:59 am

Thank you, everyone, for the catalog sites.
I have ordered a few more than my normal ones.
It should keep be excited thru the winter as I browse thru making spring decisions for next year.
Enjoy your Happy Holidays everyone.
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Post  middlemamma on 12/10/2010, 2:41 pm

I made a sticky that is condensed with no threads to have to read...I will add to the list as people let me know...so it's concise.
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Post  staf74 on 12/10/2010, 4:53 pm

Be sure to order as early as you can......looking through some of the catalogs, some varieties get backordered and you might miss your planting time if you are doing under lights early like me !!! I'm sure there are plenty to choose from but just in case. A new spinach variety I wanted to try is on backorder until 1/15 Sad
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Post  happyfrog on 12/10/2010, 6:22 pm

@middlemamma wrote:I made a sticky that is condensed with no threads to have to read...I will add to the list as people let me know...so it's concise.

thanks, jennie! that is awesome!

staf74 - so true - so very true! i need to get cracking at my wishlist with the kids on what we'll be planting soon inside for transplanting later.

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Post  cautery on 12/13/2010, 2:25 pm

OK... too many choices....

Fairly certain that I want to use mostly open-pollinated and primarily heirloom varieties... As I said in another thread, this year will most likely be primarily a "skills course", but part of that is seed collection.

There are SO many companies... Are there companies that "specialize" in folks down south here... I've seen some that seem to have regional specializations.

I haven't even read the book yet, and I already feel like I'm "behind the power curve" for this coming season.
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Post  miinva on 12/13/2010, 4:53 pm

I love Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I've met some of the people who work for them at a local festival and they're really nice too!

I ordered some seeds from Terroir Seeds and they were wonderful about replacing a packet that didn't germinate for some reason. I would definitely use them again.

I absolutely love to dig through seed catalogs! I think the prettiest (and glossiest) is Baker Creek, but I haven't ordered from them yet.

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open-pollinated seeds

Post  ander217 on 12/14/2010, 8:10 am

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds sells only open-pollinated and heirloom varieties. They are collecting seeds from all over the world to try to preserve them. Their catalog is a joy to browse and they are super-nice folks. I haven't received my new catalog yet. I can't wait. You can check them out at rareseeds.com

I agree that the folks at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange are great, too. They are the best source I've found for potato onions and a few other hard-to-find heirlooms.

(See, Megan and Jennie, I found a way to plug potato onions even in the winter.) Smile BTW, Megan, did you ever get your onions and garlic planted?

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Post  sfg4uKim on 12/14/2010, 8:50 am

Thanks everyone!

I've been out of the country for 3 years and the house is finally set enough that I can start thinking about my garden.

Since I'm starting from scratch, I need ALL NEW seeds, so this topic came out just in time for me.

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Post  jumiclads on 12/23/2010, 5:54 pm

This looks like a great little company that is based in the UK, but they only mail seeds within Europe (specifically within the European Union and to
other countries that have customs agreements with the EU). http://www.realseeds.co.uk/
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Post  LaFee on 12/23/2010, 5:57 pm

Thanks for that, Mick -- that's one I hadn't seen yet.

I get Suttons and Thompson & Morgan regularly, as well as Willemse, which I think I referenced upthread, but it's a bit harder to find them here on the Continent.

(Interesting bit last spring - got the Thompson & Morgan UK catalog last spring, then a few weeks later the Thompson & Morgan France catalog arrived....mon dieu, the difference in pricing was shocking! I'll buy my seed from Blighty, ta...no way I'll pay 2-3 TIMES the price for the same seed from the same company!)

Actually, believe it or not, my star seed (carrots, radishes, garden peas, and Moneymaker tomatoes) all came from lowly Lidl, at a whopping 39 centimes per packet. I had all of every one of them that I could deal with.

(by the way, your wife's fairies are absolutely lovely...when someone says SHE's off with the fairies, it's an enormous compliment!)

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