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Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

November 16, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9334624

Received my first garden catalog for 2013 yesterday, from Twilley. They seem to come a little earlier each year, but I never know who will be the first. Anyione else get their first catalog, and from which company?
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9334635

I am envious- I can't wait for mine to arrive! My favorite winter pastime is browsing all the pages and planning for spring, as the snow flies!
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

November 16, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9334663

Jo, do you have any favorite companies that you buy from? I share your Winter pastime of dreaming and scheming and planning next year's garden.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9334665

High Mowing Seeds has sent theirs out already, but I'm on the digital edition.
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9334670

I have received Stokes, Twilley, and HPS. I especially like Stokes, Twilley, and Willhite.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 16, 2012
10:46 AM

Post #9334694

I got Twilley, Stokes, HPS, & a minor company that was very expensive & poor selection of seeds.
I order from Totally Tomatoes, Tomato Growers Supply, Johnny's, Harris Seeds, Reimer Seeds, Evergreen Seeds, Gourmet, & Jordan Seeds. Each has certain varieties I like. Stokes will get an order, because a couple new things caught my eye.
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9335300

Got HPS Friday. They appear to be the early bird among cataloguers.

On looking through the pictures of their geraniums, I happened to notice that the colors of many varieties in the catalog were somewhat different from the equivalent image in their on-line site. My wife is very insistent about wanting a dark red geranium and I don't know which picture to believe. Does anyone know if color reproduction is generally truer in catalogs than online? I suspect that there may be no definite answer to that.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9335432

What is HPS?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


November 17, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9335449

http://www.hpsseed.com/ It is another Jung affiliate.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 17, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9335462

Just got my mail, no catalogs today.

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 17, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9335528

My first catalog was the Dixondale onion catalog. I'll receive my plants and be transplanting in about 3 weeks! Normally I've already ordered most of my seeds online before I get many catalogs. Spring growing season starts here in February, so seeds have to be ordered in early January...

David
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9337196

Dixondale, Botanical Interests, White Flower Farm (not seed, but still...). I've gotten a couple of notices that the 2013 catalog was up on the websites, but I want the hard copies for my Christmas vacation!

Cybrczch

Cybrczch
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

November 19, 2012
9:36 PM

Post #9337748

Stokes catalog came last week. Today was the redesigned Pinetree catalog.
scooterbug
Tellico Plains, TN
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #9338178

High Mowing came today.

I did download their digital version but will seldom use it .

Too uncomfortable trying to relax on the love seat
with the PC balanced on my lap :D
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 27, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9343662

I got the Dixondale catalog but only because I asked for it recently. I think I dropped off the mailing lists from the others due to inactivity :(

I'll have to request a few catalogs real soon...

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 27, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9343729

Save paper, just type in your favorite companies & use their on line sites. Much nicer than a paper catalog anyhow.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2012
2:55 PM

Post #9346422

To me, online catalogs just don't do it- there's nothing like relaxing in the evening after all the work is done and browsing through those slick pages! My first ones came today- Totally Tomatoes & Vermont Seeds
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9346423

Baker Creek came today, one of my favs.

Solace

Solace
Monte Vista, CO
(Zone 4a)

November 30, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9346485

Just ordered some yellow Brandywine tomato seeds. Although I didn't see that variety in my new Seedsavers Exchange catalog I received today, I will have many hours of pouring-over time with that catalog. I remember when my mother used to get a lot of seed catalogs. It was almost (almost) a holy time around our house, lol.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

November 30, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9346496

OOOHHHH...You all are making me froth at the mouth...it's that time! And I'm NOT talking about Christmas! Now, is there anything quite like a hot bath with tons of steam and that favorite seed catalog getting wet in your handsies? Huh? I dare you to come up with ANYTHING that compares! HA!
I USED to order from Burpees. But now I want to branch out (pardon the pun) and totally avoid Monsanto products. It is interesting to read your thoughts about catalogs!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 30, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9346534

Seeds of Change... looking forward to quiet time this weekend.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 30, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9346579

I order some things from a company called neseed.
My order came today. All packets had printed on them, non GMO seed.
Ordered it monday because it was last day for 15% off sale.
My Geronimo tomatoes only cost $42.50 from neseed with that discount. Johnnys wanted $59.95 & their shipping is higher.
Bernie
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 6, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9351262

Totally Tomatoes today for me! I love alliteration!
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9351587

First seed order from a catalog (Pinetree) came yesterday, plus Park, Bluestone and Totally Tomatoes catalogs.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #9351617

Baker Creek came last week. I have made out my wish list. Im going to check out some of the ones you guys listed.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 6, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9351779

I love Pinetree seeds ~ looking at Totally Tomatoes too tonight also got Vermont Bean Seed Co.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9352106

Got Pinetree today! I love them, too...
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9352297

Jeez I feel left out. I haven't even gotten Baker Creek or TT and I order from them all the time. It does seem like it takes a couple more days for the mail to get here but not this long!

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2012
11:30 AM

Post #9352307

I have Baker Creek, Park, Johnny's, Seed Saver's Exchange and High Mowing so far.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9352688

I got Stokes a couple of weeks ago but I really want BC and TT I place more then one order a year, with both of them. If they don't come soon ill have to call, it's not like I have anything else to do this time of year.
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 8, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9352981

Yeah, the catalogs have been the slowest in coming of any year I can remember. Apparently Nichol's Garden Nursery doesn't even put out a paper catalog anymore. Ordering online is fine, but it's hard to beat a well illustrated paper catalog for Winter day browsing.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 8, 2012
11:24 AM

Post #9353071

You will notice some catalogs tell you to go their web site for a bigger selection.
Every variety on the web site has a picture, some catalogs do not.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #9353264

Got Pinetree catalog. It has been here for several days and H did not tell me. That is just cruel. LOL
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 8, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9353316

Got TT and Vermont Bean today (same company) I can to the website but I like the paper catalogs better.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9353358

I like the paper catalogs too. I have gardening friends at church so I take my catalogs and we ooh and ahh together after service.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9355030

Are they being delivered late this year? Only ones I've received so far are Baker Creek and Bluestone Perennials.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #9355038

They don't seem late to be this year... of course since I got mine that may be influencing my opinion!

I even sat down and ordered the seeds I need today, plus a fair amount I don't. I need to fill out my trade list on DG to get rid of some of my "failures" but now I don't have anything I want in return.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9355040

I tried to put some seeds on my have list and I fill out the cultivar and then it says did I mean cultivar unknown. What's up with that? I gave up.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 10, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #9355063

Well, I found a company that I am going with for 2013: "Southern Exposure Seeds." I really liked their products, description, and most of all, suitability for my area! We'll see how they do...but I am relieved to have found such a company, and to be done with my ordering!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9355069

Pinetree and Totally Tomatoes have arrived here ,did buy some great white tomato seeds the other day , never have been able to grow white tomatoes either,keeps me hoping though:-)
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 10, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #9355080

I still havent gotten Baker Creek. I order from them 3-4 times a year. Hope it comes soon.
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 10, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9355204

I haven't seen a Baker Creek catalog yet this year either. I went ahead and ordered from them online anyway. They have some lettuce seed that I can't find anywhere else and their prices are reasonable for such generous packets. I just want that paper catalog so I can drool!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 10, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #9355209

I feel better now that you haven't gotten yours either. I read that others had received theirs and I thought I was the only one. I'll just wait, I don't need anything just looking lol. I love their lettuce blends. I do order online but I need the catalog. Sometimes I just look at ones that are yrs old.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 11, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9355428

Haven't gotten Territorial either and I do order from them. May have to sit in front of the fire w/my kindle to browse this Chritmas holiday! I usually do order online, but compose my order list from the catalogs. Best of both worlds!

(Edited as I have not had my caffeine this morning!)

This message was edited Dec 11, 2012 9:01 AM
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 11, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9355562

Oh, goody goody goody. Just went to the post box and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange was there! One of my fave's. Oh, and Davis Austin. More or less the same photos over and over, but always drool worthy and great on a cold winter's night by the fire.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9355609

Is it just me, or is the Photoshopping to "enhance" color particularly extreme this year? It's one thing to color correct your images and another to turn everything neon green and purple. I don't know if I should attribute it to bad graphic design, cheap printing or competition over the current garden fad of growing alternate colored veggies (purple carrots, yellow cucumbers, etc.)

Baker Creek is the exception; their photos almost always resemble the variety in question.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9361042

I got my Baker Creek catalog a week or two ago. As always, nice photos.

I saw a picture of a young woman and thoguht "Their little girl CAN"T have gorwn up THAT much in just a few years!! I must be OLD!" Then I realized I was looking at her mother. Whew!

1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9361052

That's it Im calling them tomorrow. I still havent gotten my BC catalog. I order from them all the time!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9361065

The BC was the first that came here!? 1lisac" You are really not having a good end to 2012 are you?
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9361085

LOL you are funny! : ) I may have a good beginning to 2013, I have to admit I was a little suspicious when everybody kept mentioning that catalog. I usually place 4-5 orders a year with them. Im trying to use up what I have but I still WANT the catalog.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9361498

1Lisac,
Send me your addy and I will mail you ALL my catalogs!!!

I took seed inventory Monday night, and I don't need to order a single thing!!!

Ya'll trying out the "New Big Dwarf" varieties this year? I ordered three varieties to try in large planters. "Chocolate something-or-other," "Wild Fred's," and "Tasmanian"...

Linda
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
11:13 AM

Post #9361516

Thanks for the offer but like I said, I dont need any more seeds. Just want THAT catalog! lol

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9361609

Like,

Not talking you into seeds. It's just that I'm gonna toss out THAT catalog, along with all the others!

Giving you "dibs!"

Linda
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9361637

Thanks but I think that's the only one I'm missing and I called them and they are going to send me one ASAP. They said there must have been a glitch. Lol. Thanks anyway

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 18, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9361673

1lisac; Thinking it might be safe to say I am l glad they sending you a catalog.. From your answer I take it I had upset you .,that was not my intent...
There not sending as many to me this year, I think that is okay also ,because I am not buying as much this year..

A little frustration all around, pass the glass... It all will bloom again sometime!!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9361686

You didnt upset me, I was being sarcastic. I know it doesnt come across in writing but that's why I put the smile after it. : ) I thought you were just joking around, so I decided to join in.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 18, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9361695

I was :-) Only being sure lol

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9361721

Linda, when I have extra seed catalogs, I leave them at the dentist's or doctor's waiting room.

I figure there may be other people there like me:

sports magazine - no interest
year-old news magazine - no interest
car magazine - no interest
women's magazine - too embarassed to read it for the lingerie ads
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 18, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #9361729

LOL Corey!

Glad you'll soon have your BC fix, 1lisac.

No more catalogs have hit but thinking back most have landed around New Year's. Do any of you recall the name of the one that is oversized, think it had a parchment color cover with scroll words, and has a Victorian-ish feel with lots of photos that look like prints?

1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9361787

Burgess?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


December 18, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9361808

Still available. http://www.rhshumway.com/
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 18, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9361816

Thanks, Dill.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9361827

Dang FD, that's it.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 18, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9361896

Yes it is. Thank you, Farmerdill, for jogging my memory and for providing the link. You are not far from my old stomping grounds in SC.

Of all days, hubs has a dr appt on Valentine's Day. By then we should have accumulated a plethora of seed catalogs to share in the waiting room, and it will still be early enough for others who might not have internet access to order for next year's growing season.

Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 19, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9362297

It just dawned on me that nearly all the seed companies I ordered from online last year have NOT sent me their paper catalogs this year. Could be a cost-cutting measure on their part. Why would they go to the expense of sending me a paper catalog when they figure I'll order online again?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #9362364

You got it, Toyota...MOST businesses are figuring out it costs less to produce paper, than to just start a website.

It's a website world we live in now...

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 19, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9362395

Can someone please that money-saving advice on to some of the companies that send me massive catalogs every few months? The irony is, they are the ones I only bought something form *once.*
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 19, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9362416

NicoleC, you can call the offending catalog companies, ask for the mailing dept (may just be customer service) and give them the customer # and priority code on the back of the catalog. Ask them to remove you address from their list. That was one of my very first duties as a real librarian-in-the-big-world. Staightening out all the multiple, unwanted catalog receipts and duplicate serials subscriptions. Tedious, but it actually makes you feel good ...=)

I wish, if the seed company or nursery, is no longer send paper catalogs (I don't really blame them), they would just send us a card or something at Christmas-time telling us as such. Then we would know we have an option of going online and requesting a paper catalog if we so choose. Or maybe just an e-mail. Something--as I was kind of wondering if some of these guys just went out of business or something. I know I'm one of the first to gripe about getting the catalogs too soon (like August), but that is not to say that I don't want one at all! =))

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 19, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9362429

The postcard is a great idea, Terri. Or a letter with the download link and a postage paid card you send back to get a paper copy.

Seems like many companies now have a paper/e-catalog preference on your user account.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 20, 2012
7:27 PM

Post #9363507

I order online but I decide what to order, most of the time, from a paper catalog. It is strange how many catalogs I get from companies that I haven't ordered from in yrs. or only ordered from once.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 23, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9365237

With your advice, I tried Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The seeds came, in beautiful order, and I just received my very first seed catalog from them. LOVELY! Major drool factor, and so interesting! I will delight in planning my garden now - I especially appreciate their tips about companion planting - like, sowing beets around asparagus - great use of land, and crops that are appropriate for each other!

THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 23, 2012
5:06 AM

Post #9365248

Well, there is a catalog I will have to order. I have a small garden and am pressed to find better ways to use my small plot.
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 23, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9365309

CajuninKy, I reccomend that you obtain a copy of Mel Bartholomew's "Square foot Gardening." Best advice I've seen for someone with a limited garden space.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 24, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #9366003

Anybody else get some catalogs today?
Today I got Burpee, Tomato Growers Supply, Territorial Seed Co., Gurney's, Jung, & RH Shumway's.
More for the burn pile!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9366065

Terrior, Shumway and Shumway. Need to get one of those removed from the list.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9366214

This evening R.H Shumway's Henry Fields ,Gurney's, and Jung. How about that?!! Oh goodie!!! Christmas reading ,and New Year's ,and January ,,,etc...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9367575

Yay, maybe some are on the way to me too. I don't think I've gotten any aside from Pinetree, yet (I do not order a lot though, I usually get Johnnys and have ordered from them recently too.)

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 26, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9367633

I got Harris home gardener catalog today.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2012
6:36 AM

Post #9368247

sure enough, t and M and one other yesterday. With holiday prep, I try not to even look at any until now so maybe they thought catalogs are more likely thrown out if they arrive too early.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 27, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #9368330

I got a neseed catalog today. First time I ordered from them was last year. They have varieties never seen at other places. They were good, too. Also a little less money.
http://www.neseed.com
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 27, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9368385

Just checked out neseed--not impressed. BTW, I buy a lot of my seed from Pinetree every year and they are usually among the first catalogs I receive. Not this year. I think many seed companies are pushing for online sales..


Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


December 27, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9368411

Ones choice of sources depends greatly on what varieties one wishes to grow. New England seed is one of the few retail sources for D. Palmer Seeds and they do have some excellent varieties. They don't carry Palmers whole line tho. Twilley is one of the few retailers of Abbott and Cobb varieties. Harris for Harris Moran. All are more directed at market gardeners than home gardeners. Even most of the "heirloom" companies buy from Seeds by Design which has also developed some hybrids. Exceptions are Baker Creek and Sandhills which depend primarily on independent contractors. There are folks here who grow for them.

Palmer seeds which I have found exceptional. Blackball squash, much more productive tha Eight Ball, Daisy Mae Crookneck ( excellent size very prolific), Greybeard ( technically a grey zuke, but competes well with mid eastern types.

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9368432

I got a Burpee's catalog yesterday , I get those off the rack at Lowes these days , Pinetree is a great, Every few years I look more seriously at seeds ,as a home gardener though I have more than I usually grow.
IT is interesting thinking back over the years and seeing the changes of what has been developed, and what has become heirloom.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9368466

Lettuceman- Pinetree is the one catalog got early, ( and I order small but often) yours must have been lost in the system somewhere.
Pinetree has a crookneck which does very well for me here. which name escapes me at the moment. grr
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9368468

Woohoo! I got Johny's, Harris Seeds, Burpee's, Tomato Growers Supply, Garden's Alive, and Shumway's. Tonight I will light a fire in the fireplace and let the planning begin ☺.
mraider3
Helena, MT

December 28, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9368828

I recently received my first Bakers Creek catalog and have one question to ask. Are they for real? I could not stop reading the articles in the front of the catalog. With all this business of Monsanto spending billions buying up seed distributing companies I have been searching for some seed company I could trust. My last yearís purchase from Johnnies was a big disappointment with poor germination on corn and only eight Jade bean seeds out of Ĺ pound of seed and four plantings. All my other bean seeds even some older saved seed was fantastic. So I am looking for some place I can trust for quality heirloom seeds.

I really donít want to purchase seed in bulk any longer and Iím wary of the idea of buying all my seed from one source. Shipping costs is the other consideration. The only other non-GMO company I could find which has a reasonable shipping cost is Ed Hume Seed Company. Packet seed prices are comparable quantity wise and shipping is less than four dollars regardless of quantity of purchase. I have heard Jordan Seeds is a reputable company to buy from but I havenít had any luck checking them out on line. Any other suggestions for non-GMO seed, or seed which hasnít been recycled would be appreciated.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
4:14 AM

Post #9368837

Baker Creek is for real. They really do test for GMO contamination, they really do buy seed from small independent producers and they really do travel to seek out new varieties.

I've purchased quite a bit of seed from them and most has been very high quality. The only thing about heirloom varieties is that there is often a small area where the plants thrive or sometimes they are forgotten for a reason. :) So not everything has been a success, but I think they are the only company I've never gotten a bad batch from.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 28, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9368907

Save your time on Jordan's. They are for large growers. Most seeds are sold in 4 oz quantities or larger.
They buy from all the big companies.
I didn't know there are GMO garden seeds. But here on DG you learn something new everyday.
Would you tell me which ones are GMO.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9369053

There aren't any GMO seeds intended for the home grower. They are testing for contamination from cross-pollination, particularly with corn.

Zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are available as GMO; they could cross with any Cucurbita pepo. GMO sugar beet could potentially cross with other Beta vulgaris. But since these don't wind pollinate there's a pretty low risk of contamination for them.
mraider3
Helena, MT

December 28, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #9369109

I appreciate the heads up on Baker Creek, however I'm not sure why Baker Creek and Ed Hume would make it a point to advertise right up front that they don't deal in GMO seeds if there wasn't a threat to garden seed packets when Monsanto is tying to buy up all these smaller seed companies. Plus when you read these articles in the Baker Creek catalog they are claiming that heirloom seeds as we have known them in the past are in danger of being contaminated. If Big Brother Ag (BBA) can do this the larger farms with the long arm of the USDA at their side, what is stopping them from doing the same to us little people. Sure I'm just paranoid for no reason at all. Please take some time to read the articles in the front of the Baker Creek catalog and tell me I'm wrong about my assumptions here.
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

December 29, 2012
11:14 AM

Post #9369904

Not only is Big Brother still alive and well, but Monsanto and other such agricultural thugs will prosper in the future with the blessing of the Industrial Food system so prevalent world-wide today. I predict that most of humanity will give up their free choice for food...any kind of food, GMO derived or not. I highly recomend the book "Food Rebels,Guerrila Gardeners, and Smart-cookin' Mamas." Chilling reading.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9369979

Territorial and Burpee showed up today. I think I ordered something from Territorial once, but never from Burpee. I guess they bought my name somewhere.

Oh well, too late, I've already purchased for next year. Although it's not beyond the realm of possibility that I might order more seeds I don't have room for!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9373584

I've got Jiohnnies but not yet Territorial.

I trust Baker Creek and Ed Hume, but what do I know?

P.S. Here's a rare seed vendor, leaning towards alpine North American wild flowers. I've only ordered once and not grown them out yet.

http://www.alplains.com/
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

January 2, 2013
7:53 PM

Post #9373707

Got Territorial today...you're just a hop, skip n' a jump Northeast of me, so your copy should arrive tomorrow or the next day.
nancynursez637
Madras, OR

January 2, 2013
11:39 PM

Post #9373802

Territorial seed, Baker CReek, Sustainable, Burbee, Peaceful Valley are all here.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
6:30 AM

Post #9373936

Still waiting for Territorial--once I get their catalog I will place my orders. Even thought I don't have Territorial yet I had a great weekend/New Year's Eve plotting out what I want and where and when to plant it. Ahhhhh! My 2013 can now begin.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2013
8:53 AM

Post #9374104

II got a farmer's seed and nursery and a Michigan bulb co, yesterday. I still love to browse , Nicer weather coming the week ahead time to fiddle and to plan!!!!.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2013
10:34 AM

Post #9374209

Farmers Seed & Nursery no longer exits. It was headquartered in Fairbault, MN. All that's there now is a retail garden center, not at all connected to Farmers.
Jung sends out the Farmers catalog.
Michigan Bulb gets poor reviews from everybody on DG. I ordered once about 30 years ago, never again.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9374224

Yeah well, they are laying on the table as that anyway I usual go a different direction as you may well have guessed or know by now , Good to browse through anyway , even if that is all..

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9374464

A Miller nurseries catalog this evening, pretty fruit pictures,,lol
The catalogs come marching one by one hurrah,, hurrah,, etc
I just love all the healthy food suggestions ... yum yum...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2013
4:57 PM

Post #9374580

Burpee, Jung, Michigan Bulbs, Johnny's and Swan Island Dahlias catalogs have arrived.

Solace

Solace
Monte Vista, CO
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2013
7:09 PM

Post #9374704

So far, Gurney's, Henry Field's, and SS have arrived. I haven't ordered any others.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
7:29 PM

Post #9374712

I'm finally getting more catalogs, some went to my parents in So Cal and a bunch were on hold while we were out of town. Today I got Territorial, Jung Seeds and Plants, Johnnies, Gurney's, R. H. Shumway, and Gardens Alive. I won't order from all of them but I love to look. Still waiting on Baker Creek, I called again today and they found orders under my and my parents name so 3 separate people. The man that answered the phone said "gosh you've placed ALOT of orders". Since the shipping address was the same he couldn't figure out why I haven't gotten a catalog but will have one sent immediately. Still waiting on Southern Seed Exchange (?). Not that I need anymore.

Also, got my Texas Gardener Magazine. No wonder don't read as many books!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9374757

>> "gosh you've placed A LOT of orders".

That made me laugh out loud! "You know you're a seed-head when ..."

(I knew I had too many meds prescribed when the lady at the Wal-Mart pharmacy didn't need to ask my name. Or maybe they hyad noticed how many tiny Zipl-locs I buy and put my face on some Watch List!)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2013
8:34 PM

Post #9374767

Could some of you recommend the best cherry tomatoes from personal experience? And also which veggies would be happy in hanging baskets or containers. I'm about out of room and either need to start growing in containers or go vertical.

1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
9:36 PM

Post #9374812

FOTV- you may want to start another thread regarding your questions. It will be easier for others to find and I'm sure many others have those same questions. : )

Rick-the pharmacy knows me by name too but it's a small town pharmacy. Walmart is a big pharmacy I'm impressed!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9375315

Yeah, it's not like I'm conspicuous or anything!

P.S. I like Sungold F1 for flavor, and they're fairly early and tolerant of cool nights.



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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9375516

LoL!!!! Rick , But you forgot your sword and dagger!!

Patio hybrid was is a nice determinate
And I would imagine sweet 100 would go in a hanging basket , I have never tried it that way but have heard it suggested
Did real well n the garden a couple of times for me ,
And there are updated cultivars of both of these available (just in the last two or three seasons)

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9375682

>> LoL!!!! Rick , But you forgot your sword and dagger!!

Well, cultivator and mattock. No Vege-Viking should ever be without a mattock and, at least, a trowel.

FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2013
7:26 PM

Post #9375823

If that hunk-of-a-Viking is for hire, he sure could do the digging for me.

Seeds from Italy catalog came today. I had forgotten about ordering from them last year and will do so again.
http://growitalian.com/

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2013
7:42 PM

Post #9375843

Nice red peppers in that Italian "Franchi" catalog!

And I was deleighted to learn that my 'Carouby de Maussane' Snow Pea/Snap Pea is also called:
'Pisello Rampicante Gigante Svizzero'.

Now that is a tasty mouthfull.

And now that I know the Italian word for "eat it all" ("mangiatutto") I'll never use the French word again.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2013
7:51 AM

Post #9377984

LOL! You guys just made me snort my mid-morning Earl Grey! I've been in some Wally Worlds where that outfit would not really stand out...

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9378581

Yikes! We have some extreme mall-chiks, but no Vikings. Do you have a lot of SCA members where you live? Or Mad Max biker gangs?

I love the way the copyright notice mostly fades into the white bac kground, but with my screen resolution, the words "RickCorey_WA" are visible on "my" Viking head-band.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2013
5:05 PM

Post #9378588

I got a Prairie Moon nursery , Roots and Rhizomes and a McClure&Zimmerman I like the first the other two I have never seen before now.
Prairie Moon Nursery always at least a few interesting natives, I have a few from them...
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2013
9:28 AM

Post #9379070

Hit the mother lode today: Willhite Seed, Territorial Seed, Peaceful Valley, Park Seed, Select Seeds, Roots & Rhizomes, and Stark Bros. And I just placed my Just Fruits and Exotics order and Legg Creek order. So I'm in good shape for this spring now☺
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2013
7:39 PM

Post #9379636

I got Park and Burgess today. Won't be ordering from these.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9380332

I got Burgess today as well, although I've never done any business with them. No outlandish claims, zone stretching or other unsavory catalog tricks, and just common varieties. I was tempted to order some asparagus crowns from them for what looked like a great price, but then I read their feedback. Too bad their shipping department can't get their act together.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 9, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9380485

I got Burgess & Park today. Both owned by Jung Seed.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9380547

Burgess seeds are okay ,some other things are wanting.
I got a select seeds today (I have had good success with their seeds thus far)
Got a spray &grow catalog also..
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2013
7:54 PM

Post #9380607

I finally got Baker Creek. They sent it Priority Mail because it took so dang long!
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9381012

Really, this thread could switch now to Last Catalog 2013! I finally got my Willhite catalog.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 10, 2013
10:38 AM

Post #9381033

I have about 20 piled up on my desk. Threw some away already, about set to get rid of most shortly.
Most companies have more selections on their web sites.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9381051

Willhite always seems to be the last one for me. I do order from them though...
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9382939

Pinetree came today.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 12, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9383065

I can't believe the amount they must spend on catalogs. I have gotten doubles from numerous companies.

A couple days ago, I got a catalog from a cabinet supply company. I have never ordered from them. This catalog was a hardcover book.
You would think the seed companies could at least set up a spread sheet so they could sort out the doubles. Maybe they are not that smart.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9383074

Automatic advertising lists from computer browsing or purchase lists , 3 Burgess 2 Gurney's, 3 Pinetree I get fewer from Parks seed over the years as I have ordered seldom from them in recent times .Years ago I use to buy seeds from them all the time. Their seeds were great in my earlier Gardening times, I have no idea lately as to how they are.

Solace

Solace
Monte Vista, CO
(Zone 4a)

January 13, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9383886

Perhaps they're hoping we'll give the extras to an already 'qualified' potential customer. Perhaps it's not accident, but a good marketing idea? I gave one to a neighbor that gardens, so it works, lol.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 13, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9383897

It keeps our small town Post Office from being closed.
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

January 14, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9384961

Pinetree finally showed up in today's mail. Awfully late for them this year. New look also, but I'm not that impressed. I do buy the bulk of my seeds from them, mostly online. Still no sign of Baker Creek, and I truly miss their purty picture catalog!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9384975

Yum, I just got a Botanical Interests catalog! I didn't even know they HAD a paper catalog. Niiice!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2013
7:06 PM

Post #9385274

Lettuceman-call BC they switched over to another computer system and they are a little messed up.

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