After two years of a garden that got blight I knew it was time to get away from burpee. My tomatoes would get nice and big and almost over night be dead from blight. I knew that I had to change something. So I looked for a more local distribution of seeds that I knew could grow in Western New York.
So I started the seeds in March and by may it was planting time. What we got for seeds was more in each bag then we thought we'd get. The germination rates for the seed was stellar.
By June our plants were doing great, tomatoes getting big, corn almost knee high already and cucumbers growing like weeds! Well June 23rd I was on my motorcycle going to work at 4 45am and I hit a deer. I was found in the middle of the road, severe head trauma and really screwed up. Yes I was wearing a helmet and it kinda did it's job. When the medics showed up they immediately called for a helo because I need to get to an icu. Both local helos were busy so they had to wait 20 minutes for the next one to get there. Needles to say I spent 11 days in a coma and 30 days overall at the hospital. Broke my shoulder blades and the bone behind your ear connected to the skull.
How does this tie in? My girlfriend worked 13 hour shifts at another hospital and then drove a half hour to go see me and then half hour home. So nobody was home to take care of the garden. Not weed it or anything. When I came home on July 23rd I was amazed by our garden. Picking cucumbers was semi hard for me but I picked over 100 cucumbers by the end of August. Corn was ready by the end of August and we had pumpkins in September. Peas and beans were done quick and given to the chicken when they were checked on one day. We had well over 300 tomatoes grow. Made the best salsa and spaghetti sauce I've ever had.
With very little input our garden our garden did terrific. The seed is everything you wanted from the store bought seed, but way cheaper and tastier!
I purchased a few packs of seeds last fall from DollarSeed. I planted them in my winter sowing containers in January. Guess what, I found sprouts today, the first sprouts out of 100+ containers, and they are the Patriotic Coneflower Mix that I purchased from DollarSeed. (A mix of red, white, and blue coneflowers.) The other varieties that I ordered, Mammoth Sunflower and Blood flower seeds I will sow here in a month when it warms up a bit. Pleased with the company and my seeds.
Was very well pleased with speed of delivery, prices, and freebies included in package. It's nice to do business with people who really care about giving good service to their customers. I will be back.
This is my second season with Dollar Seed. Met them on Twitter. Have found the company to be fast, reliable, inexpensive. Good selection of seed - always improving what's available. Great instructions and how-to pages. Didn't have any problems with the seeds last year, no complaints from the receipients (gifted many seeds). Where I got to see the results, they were great (herbs, leafy veggies). Excited about trying them again this winter for my indoor garden.
So, I searched all of the places I usually buy seed from locally for the brand of seeds that I have purchased for about a decade now. None of them seem to be carrying them this year! In any case, I refuse to purchase Burpee seeds, which is what is polluting the seed racks in every strore I went to! In nearly 20 years of gardening, Burpee seeds have never performed very well for me, and I don't want to pay $1-$3.50 for 10 or 15 seeds either, especially when my garden is massive!
Anyway, I found DollarSeed on Dave's Garden and the reviews were very good. So, I placed a fair sized order for about 20 varieties of seed and one of the vegetable garden collections. I have to say that I am quite impressed with the seeds, all seem very firm and of excellent quality. I have expereince in seed saving and have been poking seeds in the ground all my life and I honestly expect that germination rates for this seed will be excellent (or very close to it).
Most packets and varieties have a pretty good seed count, though not the peas and beans, next time I order, I will be looking for a jumbo packet of peas and beans as I plant two 20 foot double rows of each, but for this year it is fine as I harvested about a pound each in seeds last year from bumper crops I didn't get to in time (so I let the seeds mature instead).
All and all, I think I have found a new seed supplier, one that isn't stingy with seeds, and by the reviews here, isn't likely to "disappear" either. The shipping was very fast (less than 3 days) and reasonably priced as well at $5.
On Mar 14, 2012, DollarSeed (Dollar Seed) responded with:
Okay, this was a fair complaint about seed counts for those packages that contain large seeds. My aim is to provide the typical home gardener with more than enough seeds for their home gardens. In this regard, I have changed the way our vegetable seeds can be purchased. Now you can buy a simple package aimed at the home gardener, or my all new bulk packs which contain 5.5 times more seeds at a savings. Thank you for your support, I take all customers seriously, and will do my best to address any issues."
Read about the company in a blog - thought I would try a few seeds - They arrived quickly 5 days including half a weekend. Great prices & I cannot wait to put them into dirt - Dave sent bonus seeds and a sample of fertilizer. Thank you :)
On Feb 23, 2012, DollarSeed (Dollar Seed) responded with:
Free seeds are a norm to be expected with every order. I wish I could say the same for the Osmocote fertilizer samples, but that was a limited time offer due to a limited quantity given by the Scott's company. However, every order gets more than just what they order. I am presently enclosing a brochure for Green Prints Magazine, and can send this to anyone for a SASE #10 sized envelope. Just mail your requests to"
PO Box 504
Cortland, NY 13045
To receive your copy of this advertisement without placing an order. I have over 4,000 copies of this flyer to give to anyone who wants one."
This seller excels in customer service. He loves what he does and the products he provides and that comes through during your entire shopping process. The seeds look great, the shipping was super fast, and the overall process was wonderful. I highly recommend Dollar Seed!
I am absolutely impressed with the number of seeds provided for just $1.00!!! Delivery was prompt and I like the way the seeds are packaged and labeled. Thank you so much for the free seeds for ordering. I know I will be ordering again. Now, it's time to go plant some seeds!!!
On Aug 18, 2011, Aquanewbie Rancho Santa Margarita, CA wrote:
Ok I have to admit, their site looks like a total scam. Bad graphics and stuff like that, but for a dollar for echinacea seeds, I couldn't pass the chance. The seeds came promptly and came with free seeds. I will definitely order again. Usually i'm turned off by seed companies that charge more for shipping than they do for a packet of seeds, but shipping is cheap here also. Please support this company, cuz i want to do business with this new and growing company for years to come. ;)
On Aug 18, 2011, DollarSeed (Dollar Seed) responded with:
Okay, let's take this one step at a time. Yes, my graphics are terrible, and I admit it. Can I do better, probably, but why should I? My goal is to give a quality product, with huge seed counts, for as little money as possible. I'd rather spend my time putting together seeds to meet order demand, than to spend it playing around with graphic programs.
The free seeds are something that will come with every order, and I strive to not give you the same seeds for free for which you just purchased. I want you to try new varieties, with the hope that eventually you will love them and purchase some at a later date.
The shipping charges are a totally different matter. If you buy less than the $5.00 S&H packaging, then I have to purchase the bubble envelopes, and the label and postage to ship them to you. Sure, sometimes the actual postage isn't the same for what you pay. Please take this part into consideration though. If you buy enough packages to get the $5.00 S&H price, I pay more than that in postage alone to get them to you. As of today, the price of sending a small box USPS Express is $5.15, though I only charge $5.00. The low end (small count) buyers helps defer these costs. When someone orders more than $75.00 worth of seeds, I cover the cost, typically $10.30 for free, USPS keeps raising their rates, but I simply refuse to pass those costs onto my customers. Thank you for choosing DollarSeed.com as your garden seed supplier, and your feedback is always welcome.
On Feb 23, 2013 10:07 PM, DollarSeed (Dollar Seed) added:
Every good business has to decide at some point in time, that the customer is always right. This one definitely was, and has caused me to re-think the design of the site. You can see where the new site is heading by visiting http://220.127.116.11/. This is just a temporary site, that I honestly believe will relieve these issues. Hired programmers and graphical designers are expensive, but I believe this is money well spent. "
First, this company had the selections of seed that I wanted.
Second, It was a breeze to place my order.
Third,Shipping was super fast and reasonably priced.
Fourth, Seeds were well packed and clearly labeled.
Fifth, Thanks for the bonus!!!
Sixth, I will recommend DollarSeed to others.
Seventh, I will be back for more.
Excellent all round!!!
I am extremely pleased with the high level of customer service, which was rendered to me and how quickly the seeds arrived. When I had a question, they were quick to respond. I was awed by the quality of the seeds, after receiving them. I will definitely recommend, Dollar Seed to my friends in the future.