It's getting to be that time of year--time to start thinking about sowing indoors. I'm lucky enough to have my own office with a great space for a seed starting setup, so my stand and lights are all still set up from last year and ready to go as soon as I flip the switch and turn on the lights.
I figure now is a good time to ask folks to share some of their favorite seed sources. Last year I bought all of mine from a local garden center, but this year I think I'd like to try more varieties than they offer. Anyone have some good seed sources they'd like to share?
Vegetables from Stokes Seeds and Jung Seeds, some flowers from both of those as well. I will also buy some from Park Seed. Favorite online sources with no catalog are Diane Flower Seeds and Summer Hill Seeds. I get all my natives and wildflowers from Prairie Moon Nursery (they have a great catalog). One thing I really watch with orders is shipping costs. It really ticks me off to have to pay high flat rate shipping if I have only a few packets I want from a company. I won't order from many companies for this reason. You can usually find the same thing from another company or from an online source with much cheaper shipping.
With that thought in mind, here is some more info that others may want to include when they list their favorite sources.
Shipping costs from catalogs I have received so far:
Stokes Seeds: $6.95 for orders under $300
Jung Seed: $5.95 for orders up to $35
Park Seed: $2.95 for orders under $10, $4.95 for orders under $30
Henry Fields: $6.95 for orders up t0 $20
Be careful when you order seeds from anywhere and check out comments of people who have ordered from them.on this site. I mailed a check and order for a lot of seed from one company and got it back with note they didn't accept checks or moneyorders and it really kept me from growing some I had planned on because it was too late to order and get them started in time.
I have checked out Diane's and noticed that she has a good selection of perennial seeds, so I may give that a try this year. A big batch of seed catalogs showed up in today's mail, too. That always chases the winter blues away for a while. :)
I have some choice back issues of garden magazines, of which we found in our attic. Of course they were mine, but I had no idea how many I had. I was just wanting some back issues of Organic Gardening that I promised a DG member. Now I have quite a few. Already, there are some claims, but I am willing to spread them out and give them to more people. Let me know soon or they will be donated to our library.
I ordere fom WWW,swallowtailgardenseeds,com , fast shipping and only cost $3.95 lots of coleus, zinnias and petunias,but mostly I orderd old fashiond straw flowers, my dad favorit. If they all come up, I will be in heaven.
Hello, KaylyRed...It pays to check the Garden Watchdog section of
this website...I have evaluated these following places that have reasonable seeds and shipping costs: J.L. Hudson, Seedman, The
Fragrant Path, Bountiful Gardens, Sandhill Preservation Ctr, Nichols
Nursery...good germination, service. I use these sites because I
choose only to grow organic and heirloom seeds...Maryanne, zone5
To all on this forum
Had great luck with tmseeds and they had a no shipping cost special. I am waiting until May for my Jung order which I have already paid for so we will see if they are as good as they say.
lblackwell ~ I ordered from them in November with no problem. This might be their busier time. Try phoning and/or writing them a letter. I think that you problem will be resolved. Please let us know the results, OK?
I buy almost all of my seeds from Swallowtail seeds online. Their shipping is only $3.95, free after a $30 order and their prices are fantastic. They ship very quickly and I have had almost 100% germination the last 2 years. Excellent variety and their seed packages have the description and directions, unlike some other companies I've tried. :)
Swallowtail had free shipping this year for an order over $30. Summer Hill Seeds also. However this was later than I usually order seed, but I was glad I had waited. This promotion started a month ago. These are two of my favorite sites since they have seeds that I cannot find anywhere else. They have really good directions for planting. I have also used Diane's seeds and was very satisfied with her. Summer Hill and Diane's sent free seeds. When I had a couple of varieties that did not germinate from Summer Hill, I sent them an e-mail asking for suggestions for what I did wrong. They were very prompt in replying and offered to replace the seed or send something different. I thanked them but declined their offer since I did not feel it was their fault. Sometimes, I guess you might get old seed, but I think failure is usually due to the grower. Sometimes a home situation is just not hospitable for growing certain finicky seeds. That is the only thing I do wish they would add to the directions, is how difficult the seed is to germinate or grow. Thompson and Morgan is a company that does do that so if that is important to you, then they are a good company, or at least they were when I ordered from them several years ago.
The owners market natural non-GMO heirloom seeds. They recently took over the old Comstock Seed in CT (http://rareseeds.com/comstock-ferre/). I ordered all my vegetable seeds from Baker Creek (http://rareseeds.com/) in Fall of 2010. I just planted the brassicas and had 100% germination. I ordered online and had delivery within days. Planting guides and information for each seed type is available online as well.
By the way all seed orders from Comstock >$5.00 have free shipping.
Jonna Sudenius, (look up in the Garden Watchdog) has an awesome selection of "different" seeds which are low priced. Also, I ordered from Diane's Flower Seeds (a Watchdog top 30) and I have had great success so far! For me, I will always order from a company listed as a Watchdog Top 30 instead of taking any risks.
HardyPlants aka Specialty Perennials - VERY BAD
HazzardGreenhouse - Good but they sell in larger quantities, 50 was the smallest 500 biggest (and then there's wholesale sizes in the thousands). Big selection. They sent me good seed with nice germination. Bible quotes all over the website and seed packets which might bug some people.
www.sampleseeds.com - a low-overhead seed store. The woman who runs it Remy answers questions quickly and I have a feeling she grows everything she sells, so the pictures are all pictures of what the plant actually looks like (not the same clones found in google images that are tinted and probably for different cultivars). She also includes a bonus seed packet with each order. The only thing missing was germination instructions on the packets, but I looked them up online. It's too early to tell with germination of these because I bought them to replace the HardyPlants ones that were absolute garbage.
My fav is Twilly seed co. I also like Johnny's who seeds way too many catalogs and Baker Creek because their catalog is beautiful and is a good reference source for heirlooms. Park's takes way too long to ship supplies.
I still can't resist buying seeds off racks at the big box stores usually Burpee's seed. My feed store sells bulk seeds and they also carry a full line of Victory seed in packets which are fun to browse.