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Post  erbarnett on 1/9/2011, 9:11 am

I have already received at least ten seed catalogs and will probably be getting a few more. I like looking at them for the purpose of planning my spring garden, and it is a good way to kill time in the cold winter.

Has anyone come across any new varieties of vegetables that look promising? The photos look appealing, but I suspect that the companies sometimes exaggerate the qualities of their plants. Also, the colors seem too vibrant.

What looks good?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/9/2011, 10:09 am

@erbarnett wrote:snip .....The photos look appealing, but I suspect that the companies sometimes exaggerate the qualities of their plants. Also, the colors seem too vibrant.

What looks good?
Grin... your last line is probably what inspires the photographers and copy writers.

This year I am all about different melons that might grow in our chilly PNW summer. I have two from TSC that seem promising. I am sad (but not crushed) to say that both are F1’s. One is called "Lambkin" and the other is "Alvaro". I was looking closer at "days to maturity" than at OP or F1. Otherwise I should have gone with a little melon called Tigger. Lambkin is a green flesh melon. Alvaro is an orange fleshed melon.

From Uprising I can get an OP melon called "Prescott Fond Blanc". If I can find room I am going to squeeze it in. They are getting ripe melons north of my garden with that ugly but sweet orange flesh squashy looking fruit.

Deborah.... who is all about pretty little micro greens while the snow falls
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Post  sweetsophie on 1/27/2011, 2:54 pm

Which catalogs are you receiving? I live in Northeast Georgia and am looking for the closest seed companies.

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Post  WardinWake on 1/27/2011, 3:28 pm

@sweetsophie wrote:Which catalogs are you receiving? I live in Northeast Georgia and am looking for the closest seed companies.

Howdy:

I typed in "Georgia Seed Companies" into Goggle and got a number of hits. I did not open the sites so what you see may or may not be what you are looking for. Worth a look see in any case.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Post  erbarnett on 1/28/2011, 9:59 pm

I received through the mail catalogs from these companies: Burpee, Jung, John Scheeper's, Miller Nurseries, and White Flower Farm. The latter sells vegetable plants, specifically red and green romaine, Bibb lettuce, and red lettuce.

This web site, gardenharvestsupply.com, sells a huge variety of vegetable plants. When you are there, click on Garden Plants.

Park Seed Company is in bankruptcy. I think they sent out way too many catalogs and had far too few customers. I will miss their very detailed catalog.

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Post  Old Hippie on 1/29/2011, 10:36 am

@erbarnett wrote:
Has anyone come across any new varieties of vegetables that look promising? The photos look appealing, but I suspect that the companies sometimes exaggerate the qualities of their plants. Also, the colors seem too vibrant.

What looks good?

I came across a wonderful seed catalogue.......almost NO pictures, so I can't get sucked in by them.....I am a total sucker that way. This little company is in Carmen, Manitoba, Canada and specializes in heritage seeds. It is called Heritage Harvest Seeds. Many of the seeds in their catalogue are very rare. Write ups for many of the seeds include names of people who brought the seeds to North America in bags in their belongings when they immigrated to this country. It is a wonderful little catalogue.......not fancy but extremely interesting and one I intend to purchase from.

They encourage saving and sharing seeds and have a book for sale that tells how to do it.

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Post  Rolanaj on 1/29/2011, 2:16 pm

I just got a catalogue from Terra Edibles in Canada, heirloom seeds and no pictures, they encourage seed saving as well. The prices seem pretty good too. I saw a few things I would like to order. I like the Richters seed catalogue as well they put tons of information in it. They even had a few plants that I'd like for house plants. Last week I sent out a bunch of requests for seed catalogues so should be getting more soon. I was really surprised by the number of online catalogues you can browse as well.

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