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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 26, 2010
10:26 AM

Post #8277456

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?
AnalogDog
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #8277513

Personally I like Terrestrial Seed. Older varieties, with lots of class.
funtomatoes
Douglasville, GA

December 26, 2010
4:03 PM

Post #8277852

Terrestrial Seed, or Territorial Seed Co?
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 26, 2010
4:51 PM

Post #8277930

My most favourite sources are Stokes Seeds & Veseys Seeds. Both in Canada, but they do service & ship to the US.
www.stokeseeds.com
www.veseys.com
AnalogDog
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2010
9:15 PM

Post #8278194

Territorial Seed Co my goof, sorry.
trc65
Galesburg, IL

December 27, 2010
4:51 PM

Post #8279480

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

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2010
7:26 PM

Post #8279696

My best sources for vegetable seeds are:

GOURMET SEEDS
http://www.gourmetseed.com/category/gourmet_seed.vegetable_seed/
Lots of seeds in their packages. Great germination and amazing pictures.

JOHNNY
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
lots of kind of seeds. small packages, but very goos professional descriptions.
clanewalker2
Lenoir, NC

December 27, 2010
10:07 PM

Post #8279919

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.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2010
6:27 PM

Post #8281217

Great suggestions so far, thanks!

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. :)
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 29, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #8282135

Oh yes, the catalogs are here!

Here is some that may be of interest:

http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk
http://www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk
http://www.tmseeds.com
http://www.burpee.com
http://www,jlhudsonseeds.net
http://www.superseeds.com

Evelyn

blomma

blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8288250

Evelyn, The Hudson Seed link above does not work. Below is the full link.

http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/index.htm

I will add to that Park Seeds. I have ordered from them since the 80's. They will replace seeds if they don't germinate.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8288370

Whoops! Typo, sorry!

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.
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8300860

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.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8301075

I received an empty packet from Park Seeds last year and they gave me credit with no questions asked.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 11, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8304198

Ooo, thanks for the tip on Swallowtail Garden Seeds. They do seem to have a lot of cool seeds, and $3.95 shipping is not bad at all.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8317512

I like Botanical Interests for flowers.
A nursery near me fills one whole wall with their seed packets.

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

Corey
Tabacum
Mantua, OH
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8363379

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
lindalou60
Buffalo, NY

February 12, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8368566

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
Reidsville, NC

February 13, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8369745

Has anyone ordered from Parks this year. I placed an order about a month ago and still no seeds. I have emailed them twice with no response.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8370108

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?

~ Evelyn

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 14, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8371700

I wish TM Seeds would let you see the S&H fee before giving your credit card number.

Corey
Danita
Cobb County, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 14, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8371955

Here you go Corey: http://www.tmseeds.com/Shipping_Charges

Be sure to check www.retailmenot.com for coupon codes since T&M often has some.

This message was edited Feb 14, 2011 3:52 PM
sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8372059

that coupon code site is cool ! glad you posted it.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 14, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8372422

$4-$7 shipping - not unreasonable.

I think that Jonna's business site is the world's best for S&H (and Jonna is the world's best for many other things as well). Just $2 from Belgium to the USA!

Thnak, danita, for the coupon site: free shipping from Johnny's selected seeds? Good deal!


Corey


This message was edited Feb 14, 2011 5:57 PM
Freezia4000
Sun City, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 16, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8375772

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. :)

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 16, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8375806

Nice, thanks! I bookmarked their Salvia section, and they're adding a "How To Sow Salvia" section!

http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/perennials/salviaper.html

Corey
STosh
Pulaski, IL

February 27, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8396393

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.
Garden_Healing
Boston, MA
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8401324

I discovered Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds when I read an article about them in the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/magazine/15food-t-000.html?_r=1)

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.

1997
Ossian, IN
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8403181

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.
Happy Gardening!

Ella =)
BlakeInCanada
Kitchener
Canada
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8414640

I have tried 3 places.

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.
texasrockgarden
Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8416245

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.

I'm hooked!
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

March 9, 2011
10:17 AM

Post #8416502

I'm very impressed with Swallowtail- first time I bought from them. Fair prices, lots of great varieties, great packaging, so far very high germination rates.

Sounds like there are lots of interesting resources out there...

Pam
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8418951

Pam ~ I have to agree with you on Swallowtail Seeds. As well most of their packets have a lot more seeds than most at the same price.

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