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gixxerific
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Where do you get your seeds\plants from?

It's never too early to start thinking about next season or this coming fall season. Just wondering where you all get you your goods from. I'm looking for high quality above low price but.......... :wink: Anyone ever order starters plants from the mail?

I normally go to Lowes\Home Depot\local nursery's. Bad thing is I usually go to all three every year looking for that something I can't find at one of the others.

I want to try some different varieties\colors of plants next year. My tomatoes this year were not impressive, though others loved them. I want to WOW!! myself with tom's as well as everything else.

Always learning, always growing, help a brother out. :D

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From personal experience:

Seed Savers Exchange (Iowa)
Baker Creek (Missouri)
Johnny's Select Seeds (Maine)

Good--no, make that excellent!--variety of cultivars, and the seeds have lasting power. I'm still working off of seeds I ordered in April 2008 and getting germination around 90% or higher.

There are other excellent sources, too, but these three I've used via mail-order/Internet myself.

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It is always fun to look over different online catalogues. :D

Here are my longtime and current favs:

Territorial Seed Company is a family owned seed company in Oregon. They were my first introduction to gardening year round (oh my god, it has been how many years ago!) with regional varieties of seeds. Territorial Seed Company's web site [url]https://www.territorialseed.com[/url]

I have wanted to try some different varieties of onions and red blooming runner beans and broad beans other gardeners in Europe enjoy. I have only found one company that would ship to the USA. A great way to try some of the varieties that are grown in Europe. You might want to give W. Robinson and Sons Ltd. in the UK a try. [url]https://www.mammothonion.co.uk[/url] The seed quality was excellent.

Many of the varieties of locally developed hertiage seeds have disappeared from the general market place :? . Seeds of Change still are a resource for some seed stocks I lost (didn't garden for a number of years). [url]https://www.seedsofchange.com[/url]

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Seigers
Rupp
Rispen

for stuff I am only planting a couple of I'll shop Henry Fields in the spring when they are giving me all kinds of discounts.

Start all of my seedlings in the greenhouse... But what I don't start I'll get a few of from the local greenhouse that has just about everything...

I am very variety specific.. So if I don't start it then I won't be growing it.

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Tomato seeds: https://www.totallytomato.com/ or https://tomatogrowers.com/
seeds of common veggies, I opt for inexpensive: https://gurneys.com/ and/or from the seed rack in Lowes or Walmart (I also buy inexpensive nursery stock from Gurneys, but only when modest size and quality are acceptable)
Most potted perennials: large mom and pop nursury called Wilson's in Rock Hill, S.C. and from farmer's market in Florence, S.C.
Clematis: https://www.gardenvines.com/shop/ (Bushwood nursery) and https://www.gardencrossings.com/index.cfm?
Wildflower perennials: https://easywildflowers.com/ and https://sweetnectarnursery.com/
Garlic: https://thegarlicstore.com/ZenCart/
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.
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Hi gixxerific,

I'm a new indoor gardener starting from seed. I have already purchased several seeds from the following suppliers:

Park Seed (South Carolina)
Gourmet Seed (New Mexico)
Johnny's Select Seeds (Maine)
Reimer Seeds (North Carolina)

I have also heard good things about Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa. I'm really happy with Park Seed; I used a free shipping coupon code with them. But it really depends on what you want to grow. For example, there are several types of basil that many suppliers do not even feature. I appreciate a supplier that has a lot of variety. I would pay more for rare seed than for common seed that can be found anywhere. There is also the matter of prized heirloom and/or organic selections.

Happy hunting!
Fan of organically grown, heirloom produce featured in Yucatecan (Mayan) cuisine.

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Thanks everybody I will look into these.

Not so good on starting seed myself. Not really sure what to do and when to do it. Though maybe it's cause I'm busy\lazy. I do however have a few things i have started that are growing in my garden. I usually buy starters or direct plant.

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Check the websites of the sources recommended. Several of them offer live plants as well, but of course not in the multi-varieties like the seeds! Much more limited selection.

Cynthia

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plant sources

For seeds Park Seeds, Jung. I do buy lots of plants mail order. Park Seeds also has lots of live plants. Wayside Gardens, a bit more expensive, but very high quality and they guarantee everything. For natives Elk Mountain Nursery www.elk-mountain.com, and I just got my fall order this year from Shooting Star Nursery https://www.shootingstarnursery.com/catalog/. They were very fast, gave me lots of personal attention, everything came very well packed. I chose them because they are in Kentucky, which is local to me, and do all native plants, but I was very pleased

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I've had good luck with [url=https://www.raintreenursery.com/]Raintree Nursery[/url] for edible plants, and I often buy Territorial seeds.
Otherwise, I try to buy plants at a local nursery or my farmer's market.

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I've been very pleased with the plants purchased from raintree. Have ordered twice and probably will order from them again.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.
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I buy my seeds and plants from a local Amish greenhouse. Not only are they great to deal with, they are cheaper than any other source I have looked at. Their prices are less than half of some of the internet sites. I am going to talk to the owner this fall about buying corn and bean seed for next year in bulk for an even lower price.

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Thanks for everybody's suggestions. I went through them all and found a few that looked promising to me. They had wide variety, low prices and easy to navigate web pages. I will have to go through them all again to maybe weed a few out but most of these were pretty good. Of course some had items others didn't and vice versa. So having a bunch of sites can be good to choose from.

Here are my first round draft picks, again thanks everybody. :D

https://rareseeds.com/
https://www.territorialseed.com/
https://www.totallytomato.com/
https://gurneys.com/vegetable-seeds/c/10/
https://thegarlicstore.com/ZenCart/
https://www.parkseed.com/gardening/GP/homepage/page1
https://www.reimerseeds.com/
https://www.superseeds.com/default.php

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Seed saving...

This year I invested in heirloom seeds. What a difference! This is the first year that we got so much produce that we had to give it away! (after canning)

I have been saving the seeds and am going to plant my OWN seed next year.

The heirloom plants seemed to start off growing slower, but when they started growing, we had to cut back some of the plants. What a crop!

The tomatoes tasted so much better, too.

From now on, I am going to plant ONLY heirloom seeds. What fun!

Shebee

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sweet thunder
thanks for mentioning Raintree Nursery. I got an Interlaken grape from them that has produced reliably sweet seedless grapes for 30 years. For my rainy cool summers they carry a good variety of plants that thrive and produce.
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Mostly I just buy locally. We have two hometown owned stores that have good buys each season. I like them better than the big box stores. Occasionally I will buy a few things from mail order if it can't be found otherwise. Burpee's and Gurney's are a couple.
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DING DING DING: you are the winner of the knowing your seeds award.

After a lot of investigating the seed company's I had earlier. I fell in love with [url=https://rareseeds.com/]Baker Creek[/url] They are excellent with wide selections and good prices. Though Baker Creek gets the thumbs up for being a little cheaper, lower shipping (by 1$) and usually having many more seeds per packet.

I have ordered several things from both company's and they both arrived very quickly. Baker Creek even sends a free surprise packet with every order, mine was Cilantro, Yeah! They both have heirloom seeds and are expanding as we speak. I have planted seeds from both places in my basement garden so to speak and so far 100% germination. Another Yeah!

I would have bought everything from Baker Creek (slightly cheaper, way more seeds in packets) but as you would expect they each have some varieties the other doesn't. Seed Savers is a great place too don't get me wrong. They are doing some great things like Baker to keep old strains alive.

I highly, highly recommend, do yourself a favor and check them out. :clap:

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I've been very happy with [url=https://www.southernexposure.com/index.html]Southern Exposure Seed Exchange[/url] for heirloom seeds. Great variety and customer service.

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