Check out online sources, too... People have said good things about http://www.valueseeds.com/ (might be last year's seeds, but viability should be good for most things... sweet peas or onions might be iffy, stuff like that).
Unless you come across places that are still clearing out seeds from this spring, most stores here won't have seeds now.
My gardening friend shared with me that the dollar stores were selling their seeds at clearance prices. So.. ..I checked it out and found many fall vegetable seeds at the Dollar General. The good part, only 12 cents a pack! Seed selections probably vary from store to store.
Last year here in NH the stores started getting racks end of January- which was about 2 weeks earlier than they did in 2006. I hit them up early, and got the best selection of WM and Burpee's. I think HD got theirs about the same time.
At work we sell seeds. It is really hard to be able to stock seed all year, and this time of year for winter sowing. We did make our order early as most of our seed customers winter sow (I teach it at work), and had to explain to the seed company we use why we want the seeds so early - as soon as they can be shipped.
I've also mentioned this to a few other seed houses who have said that as the movement grows, they will try to have seed ready earlier but it is hard for them to have the seed ready and shipped for packaging too early in the season...
GGG- Don't know what the rules are for "self promotion" but would love to know where you work, and if you have mail order available if someone would like to buy from you that isn't local. D-mail me if we can't shamelessly plug ;)
I went out to buy birdseed at the feed store last week and they were selling seed packets for 35 cents each and they said it wasn't a sale but they had in fact raised their price from 25 cent last month. The seed packets were from 'Bentley' seeds--I don't know if the company is any good, but, I guess we'll see. I mostly bought herb seeds--caraway, coriander, fennel, parsleys, oregano, sage, dill, summer savory, sweet marjoram--which of course I had already ordered from Park's sale a few weeks ago and forgot about!
I've said it before, but I'll say again that I like Renee's Seeds and I have a thing about Specialty Perennials/Hardy Plants seeds--I love all of their variety and dull homey website.
I've already received T & M, Park's, Pinewood, and a few other seed catalogs. I think they are coming out earlier than last year...
Click on "acceptable use policy" at the bottom of the page, and you'll see that self promotion is pretty strictly against the rules. GGG really can't discuss particulars or answer business questions on a forum thread, but she can answer via Dmail. You're not supposed to send *unsolicited* Dmail to somebody about your business, but if they ask a question or say something like, "hey, I know you sell rare cacti so be sure to let me know if you ever have any twirly thorned whatchamajiggers available," then you can Dmail information to them. At least, that's my understanding of how I've seen that rule applied.
At times I think it's a silly rule because I'd love to know more about what my buddies are doing, and I know I miss some opportunities because they're not allowed to mention stuff... but without that rule I have no doubt the forums would be overrun with commercial posts.
Well, that was probably a way longer response than anybody was expecting! LOL, I just don't want to see a good thread pulled (and other threads have been).
Seed catalogs have started arriving here also... I agree, they're earlier this year -- but I think that's a good thing! (unless they sell out before I order. then I shall be all grrrrrr.)
3 catalogs yesterday, way too early for me. If I put them away until after the holidays I will forget where, not to mention not having the space, so into the recycle bin they went. It's like putting up a Christmas tree after the 4th of July. Seed catalogs are supposed to come in January. period.
Oh, sure. I understand 'Acceptable Use'. I don't like to be accosted on forums by people selling things, either, but I am happy when people share info about their business that is helpful. Someone can certainly tell where they work or make a link, if they want to, I would think. And I always give a plug for others' businesses if I think they are good and worthy. But definitely, discretion counts for a lot...
Three more catalogs came in the mail today, too. One was White Flower Farms full of Christmas Amaryllis at very high prices. Another selling greenhouses. Now THAT I would be interested in!
WAAAAAAAA! Where are my seed catalogues?????? I LOVE pouring over them - and cutting them up! I find the seeds I have received in trades or purchased and cut out the descriptions and paste them in a book by flower colour and size, so all the blue flowering plants under 12 inches are together etc.
Gee, I hope the postie brings me some seed catalogues today!
I was able to get some 2008 seeds at my local nursery. I got Columbine Black Currant Ice, Anemone Rose Beauty, Sunflower Peach Passion, Larkspur Sydney Blue Picotee, Phlox Ethnie Light Blue, and Lupine Sunrise. These are all new to me, and I am so anxious to start them!!
Usually this time of year, I have been able to pick up last season's seeds for .10 to 0.25 a pack, they didn't have any old seeds just the new ones, but these are all new varieties for me. The columbines and Anemones I think I'll winter sow, I haven't had a lot of luck starting seeds with Columbines, but this one looks so pretty, I had to give it a try!!