I can. The reason is because of the varieties they put on the rack. The ones you listed are all old fashioned ones that are very cheap. The Snowball cauliflower is only $4.25 for 1 ounce, 10000 seeds, at my supplier. How many seeds are in a pack from a rack?
Much more fun looking at all the pretty pictures on the internet catalogs. Then pick a superior variety to plant.
I can. Well mostly because I dont let myself go in that department. LOL But also because I wont buy seeds from just any company. I have a few Companies I trust, and this one English Lady...Dmail me if your looking for anymore seeds for your Winter Garden. My summer garden always seems to kick into Over Drive when I should be planting out my Fall/winter stuff.
I bought some kale at a garden supply place Tuesday, but only because the seed packet of the Lacinato Kale that I had ordered had very few seeds in it, so I needed more...Mostly I buy online because the choices are so much better.
Like others, I can pass by the standard racks of stuff but my hydro store?? Well that's a cat of a different stripe. Those guys only buy seed from Seeds of Change and Baker Creek Seed company. The rack pulls me in like a magent.
Seeds of Change must have been last year, everything I've picked up lately are Baker Creek: Grandpa Otts Morning Glory; Emerald Okra (2 packs); Genovese Basil (2 packs - for some strange reason!!); Armenian cukes (
I look for local varieties or those that do well in my area. There are a couple of feed or hardware stores in town that carry mostly seeds for local gardens. If I see anything I want to try I do buy. I got a bag of 500 cantalope seeds this past Jan for $14.95 less 20% (hardware store was having a promotion day for Husqvarna and some gun company or other). Seeds are from a very reputable company. I thought that was an awsome buy and we will be rolling in cantalope this summer! Even a common variety tastes way better coming from your own garden ☺!
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I'm a seedaholic. I have a difficult time passing up a rack without WANTING to buy something. Usually my mind tells me no and I obey. I occasionally don't listen, though.
I bought several packs today, but thats because Im gearing up for my Fall garden. Otherwise, I usually stop and 'dream', but never buy because I have such limited space to plant a garden (currently working on a SFG with 2 - 4'x6' boxes). Oh how I envy those with at least an acre of yard for which to garden!
[quote] Who can pass a seed rack without buying seeds? [/quote] I guess I can. I stood in front of two different seed racks this past weekend. Read them from one end to the other, sighed and walked away empty handed. DH was impressed.
All the seeds are just so common. I keep looking for new, different, unusual, exotic.
The only seed rack impulse buy I recall making was rainbow chard a year or two ago. I like chard but the photo on that package would jump out at me everytime I passed it. Good marketing I guess. Kristi
wow, I am in awe of all who have declared such discipline! Truly! I get all caught up in possibilities...and the remembrances of certain seeds in my youth...and look at all those new types! By the way, anyone have mashed, baked cauliflower? DELICIOUS.
Well, it was all good until yesterday, was at Lowe's and found some of the "GrowUm's" green houses for kids. We bought one for our grand daughter about Feb. while shopping. She loved it and this weekend we'll transplant our, excuse me, her plants into big pots. Yesterday, there was a rack that had 2 boxes of these GH's that were on clearance for a $1 each, GREAT!!!
Went back today and the rack was gone. Someone said, "Let's check the dumpster, they probably got thrown away." Okay, dumpster dive, find 1 empty "GrowUm's", good news, got about 10 empty 2.5 gal. pots they were throwing away.. Oh well.. Going to check out the girl says, "Let me check one more place," and comes back about a minute later, "Found them!!" Super... Haggle a little bit, hey, they were going to the garbage.. Instead of a $1, paid .50 each and bought 10 of them, and spent less than what we paid for the 1 in Feb.
Persistence, baby, persistence... She's gonna love 'em when we use them this fall.
I've picked up pots at the dump! The guy next to us was throwing away a huge amount of pots I brought what I wanted home. I've been accused of dumpster diving I never gave a thought to somebody seeing me.
1lisac, I think it's great when people can salvage something from a dumpster or dump. Imagine how many usable items are carelessly tossed into a dumpster that someone could actually use. That's why I like craigslist and freecycle ^_^
Mashed Cauliflower - for the best taste, cut it up, throw it into one of those Pyrex clear glass roundish casseroles, put a bit of water in the bottom. You'll probably need to leave the top off as you should have a heaping bunch. Throw the whole thing into a HOT oven (425 should work), and let it bake for a LONG time, I'd say about an hour, then poke into it in different places to see if it's tender.
When it's VERY tender, it should be brown or even a bit burnt on top. GOOD! Take it out of the oven, bring out your hand masher and have at it. You can add milk, or cream or shredded cheese...and salt and pepper. In other words, fix it like you do for mashed potatoes. If you want it smoother, get out your hand mixer. I use my wand-type mixer. WOW. You won't ever fix it any other way. You can even get creative with types of cheeses and add a bit (not much) of garlic powder or better still, bake some fresh garlic in the oven right alongside the cauliflower. VOILA!
I intentionally left my wallet in the car the last time I went to our local nursery, as I was just there to check out their bare root stock. I walked in and froze at the sight of those seed racks. I rolled my eyes, shook my head in disgust and turned to walk back out. One of the workers saw me and started to ask if anything was wrong. I said "no I'm just going back out to get my wallet because I was crazy to think I'd be leaving here without any seeds." One of my friends says I have a problem. :-)
I went to a grocery store yesterday that I don't normally goto. I went there specifically to get Maltex, a cooked cereal I like and can get in no other store around here. Walking through the store I came across the dried bean section, where they had yellow eye beans. A puond of then followed me home, some of which I'll plant.
I have never bought seeds from a rack but I am an internet seed junky. I went to the baker creek website the other day to replace some okra seed and by the time I was done perusing the bulk seeds I had to retire my shoebox for seed storage and get a rubbermaid tub lol. Why get a packet of 30 seeds for $2
when I can get a quarter pound for $8? (now where am I gonna plant a quarter pound of okra)
Daughter and I were in Target yesterday to purchase a gift for a baby shower and I passed by the seed rack! I did LOOK but said to myself: "Self - you don't have room to grow the seedlings you already have, so why are you looking?"
I'm still wondering if they had something I should have purchased...
My name is cue_chik and I am a seed addict (hangs head in shame). I can't pass up those shiny green towers of glory, filled with all those beautiful packets of vegetable and flower seed. They seem to whisper "pick me, pick me! You don't have a pack of seeds like ME at home!". Even though I have limited space with the backyard barely big enough to hold two patio chairs, a BBQ grill and a Birdbath, I probably have enough seed to start my own 40 acre vegetable farm, yet I continue to heed the call of those little packets of love every time I walk by. I justify my purchases with the reasoning only a mad-woman could conjure - "Seeds are cheap, and it's for the good of all those that dwell within my household!" nevermind the fact that the 'household' refuse to eat half the veggies I have collected and grown.
Will it ever end? Can I be cured? No one rally knows... how it started or even why, all they know is that mom hoards her seeds like Gollum hoards The One Ring.
I HAVE the land. So do the deer, snakes , bugs, raccoons, skunks,fox, rabbits...well you get the picture.
Vaughn-I bought squash and greens blends in bulk from BC for just that reason. Maybe one year we can all go in together and buy seeds in bulk and divide them up? It sounds like a good idea anyway. Lol
2-3 yrs ago I bought 3types of summer squash for a Market Order, I didn't need all those seeds but it was cheaper then buying what I needed to fill the order. I'll do a germination test (they grew last year). I might just be on to something but I don't think im the one to organize it. I can't even organize my own seeds. Lol
You're supposed to organize seeds? Not place them in plastic bags and pile them in a drawer, pull them all out New Year's Day and line them up on the kitchen counter discovering gems and "Aha's" along the way? =8~))
Wellllll, slap me silly! I've got the label maker, now I just need to organize. LOL! I really do need to get more organized. Can't use the move as an excuse much longer...
I'm a seed collector/hoarder but every few seasons I loosen my grip and join a big swap to clean house. Not long after joining DG and getting back into planting seeds I soon had a huge shoe box full of seeds. I finally decided to start fresh and sent them all to one lady in Colorado. I'm up to about 3 storage boxes now and two small plastic pencil boxes.
I skipped most of the seeds from work (w/mart) but they had a Seeds of Change rack for veggies and I caved. Their packaging is awesome and resealable so I like that. I started out writing to companies for catalogs before I got a pc and that was bad enough but now with GW and all the great places everyone here recommends I'm finding it harder to keep from gathering more:lol:
Speaking for many ex-hippie/Artist types, I admit being romanced rather easily by the beautiful packaging. But, one thing - I SWEAR I remember back in the day that there were more seeds per package, and that the count was up close and personal. I REALLY dislike the new non-fessing-ability of the seed companies...you know?
>> I admit being romanced rather easily by the beautiful packaging.
TOTALLY! I may not be able to GROW soemthing that pretty even after buying the seeds, but it won't stop me from trying!
>> there were more seeds per package
I try to buy from vendors like Hazards that give you a good size, and accurate count. Tainong and Kitazawa are golod for Asian crop seeds. Territorial has some big packs, but they cost more than the tiny ones.
I think that the way to save is to buy big packets, then split them up and share. Then the money goes to the Post Office!
Many people only want a few seeds, now none of us would understand that lol. But there is a company that sells small packets for .99 on line. The catalog is down stairs and I'm not getting it now! Anyway, I have seed packets everywhere scattered through out the house. Argh..
I like Pinetree because they don't give you excessive numbers of seeds in their packages and therefore don't charge as much as some other companies. But I ordered some fava bean and lima bean seeds from Landreth's and was amazed at how few seeds there were in each packet. It's a good thing I ordered two of each; that gave me enough for only a single row of about fifteen feet each. I had planned double rows...
I guess I am the oddball here. I prefer to seed shop online (and catalogues) so I can research the seeds/plants before I buy.
But y'all have me curious. I know many of you insist on heirlooms but do you not save your seeds for the next years' crop? If you do so, it will improve the crops that are best suited to your growing conditions rather than just buying new and more seeds.
Personally, I'd prefer to get more seeds in the packet and usually buy one size up. That way, if something really works for me, I can plant more right away. Also, I can share or save some seeds for next year or fall. I'm not a seed saver, but maybe some day when I'm "retired".
I've found that Willhite's a really nice, full packet. And, yes, I do think the amount of the seeds in the packets have really gone down with some of the seed vendors. I find it anoying unless I've ordered the sampler packet.
Kristi, as a seed saver, I think of my seed stash as money account, to withdraw, add to, and a percent saved :0)
I thought I'd pass along an experience concerning heirlooms. My first year really getting into veggies, I made a huge expensive purchase from Baker's. I researched all the seeds, found the ones that would do well in my area. Only, to find the same seeds at my local farm supply. Three dollars would buy me a packet from Baker's, while the same three dollars would buy me a pound of the same seed at the feed store.
I still support Baker's, I like their business principles. But in tight times, I thought some people might need another option. Heirloom doesn't always mean 'rare'.
I agree! If a local co-op or "feed store" carries a variety, that's a strong reccomendation for it being suited to local varieties. And you don';t pay postage, which helps if you're buying a pound of beans or a cover crop.
Terri, thanks for the tip about Willhite Seeds. They seem to have GREAT prices and many articles. Johnnies, Hazzards and Territorial used to be my favorites for crop seeds, but now I'm going to compare them with Willhite.
I save a lot of seeds from year to year, but this spring some of my peppers never germinated; I'm not sure why. I contacted the person I got them from and he's going to send me a few more. If they sprout I'll have to read up on how best to save pepper seeds. Some of my saved seeds germinated, but my favorite variety didn't.
I always save tomato seeds, bean seeds, and pea seeds.
Ah, Rick. I should have been clearer. Our co-op sells prepackaged seeds by the pound, but two of our other feed stores sell 'by weight'. These are small independent type feed stores, not the chain Tractor Supply (which has a lousy seed and fertilizer selection.IMO).
Podster! Where's the fun in saving seeds? I mean, where's the PRETTY, PRECIOUS packaging, where's the mighty dilemma of all those packages and what goes with what... yep, you are DEFINATELY (laughing very hard here) the oddball here, but then, by the posts, I'd say we're ALL oddballs!
HoneybeeNC - is THAT why my carrots and marigold seedlings up and disappeared on me one day?
Greenhouse-gal - will Diatomaceous Earth hurt plants? We used to throw it around horse stalls when mucking out... with abandon, I'd add.
Grayce, no, it won't hurt plants at all; just critters with soft bodies. Not good for lungs, though.
I can't figure out why my peppers didn't germinate; I just read up on saving pepper seed and I did it correctly. And I can't buy these seeds; they're from a friend in France who got the seeds from a pepper he bought in a market in Hungary...They were nice long sweet peppers, too, and my favorites. I hope he sends me some more!
I save seeds as well as buying. I tend not to care for "mixes" of colors (I'm more a flower person than edibles as far as my garden goes) so I pick single color packs of seeds and keep seeds from them. I also snatch seeds when I'm out and about--garden centers, commercial plantings, even the zoo:lol: I like options=)
I also like some of the package artwork even when the seeds may be duds. I still get the Shumway catalog and love the drawn pictures in it and Renee's Garden has some beautiful artwork on their seeds packages.
I bought two 6 inch containers of curly parsley-potted up and by the following afternoon when I got home from work, all I had was inch high stems on both plants. Culprits were a pair of big fat lime green caterpillars. This happened to me two years in a row so I sort of gave up on parsley:lol:
Went into my sister's house today with my mom. We'd gotten her some groceries and wanted to get them to her. Mom said that she wasn't into planting much, but there, on the counter were three seed packets. HA! Even non-gardeners get bitten by the bug!