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Subject: Buying seeds for this year. What are you growing?
Date Posted: 1/22/2012 6:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/22/2012 7:31 PM ET
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This year I only bought seeds from Baker Creek (rareseeds.com), they are one of the very few companies left that have not somehow gotten involved with Monsanto.  Ugh...

 

So, I am growing a variety of lettuce (tango is my fav), mustard greens (first year to try malabar spinach), several kinds of tomatos-Italian Trees do well here and the Riesentraube is a first for me this year.  We are also growing broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, herbs, melons (first year for Rich Sweetness), beans, cucumbers, and Amaranth (golden giant and mercado).  Today we (the whole family) went out and started getting the lettuce and herbs in the first bed, and will get more going in the second bed in a week or two.

 

What are you planning on growing Joan?  :)

Subject: What I am planting
Date Posted: 1/27/2012 5:50 PM ET
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Mostly heirloom Tomatoesand peppers. I am going to also plant a mixture of  winter squash and a mixture of  summer varieties. We live in idaho which is cold then hot no mild weather so it is hard to grow cool weather things like lettuce here. We also grow asparagus beens,armenian and other variets of cucumbers. We also have a couple of strawberry patches and an apple tree. I want to add some more fruit trees. My husband is building me a greenhouse so I can get an early start on the planting. I have a  indoor light shelf but need a place for when the plants get bigger than the shelf space.

Date Posted: 1/28/2012 8:40 PM ET
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I'm doing a little bit of everything... tomatoes, potatoes, canteloupe, cucumbers, sweet corn, a few different kinds of squash, carrots, beans, peppers, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, rutabaga, turnips, a few different herbs. We're also starting a strawberry bed and raspberry bed this year and we're going to redo our blueberries because they just haven't been producing. I think that's everything. Trying lots of new stuff this year. I haven't done cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga or cabbage before. 

I am so ready to get started I can hardly stand it!

Date Posted: 1/28/2012 9:15 PM ET
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I found three great new seed companies for heirloom and organic seeds, along with some hard to find varieties of regular seed.  Two were in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine this month.  I ordered from all three!  Swallowtail has torenia seeds, I have looked for these for literally years, each year I give up and buy the plants from a local greenhouse nursery, paying way too much, but I have to have these in my hanging baskets.  The hummingbirds love them and the wasps leave them alone.  I ordered peppers, heirloom tomatos, lots of flowers and herbs.  Can't wait to start my garden this year!

http://www.territorialseed.com/

http://www.seedsavers.org/

http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/

Anyone have any other online seed websites to recommend?  Don't say Burpee, they tried to charge me $18 shipping on an order of six seed packets. 

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 11:27 AM ET
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I'm not going to order anything from Burpee this year either. They are way too high priced, and I don't have any better luck with their seeds than anybody else. A few years ago I ordered tomato plants from them - not sure why, but I just thought if they ship out plants they must know how to do it. They shipped them out the Friday of Memorial day weekend so they sat for 2 or 3 days not going anywhere. By the time I got them they were dead. They did refund my money when I complained, but how stupid was that?



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Date Posted: 1/29/2012 2:38 PM ET
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Found another one!!  Summer Hill Seeds.  They have seeds for Calceolaria!!  If you haven't seen one of these, they are so unusual.  I used to buy one every year, and always wanted to grow my own, but never could find the seeds. 

http://summerhillseeds.com/calceolaria-valentine-hybrids-p-895.html

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 4:58 PM ET
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For vegetables and such, I have always preferred Shumway. Their website is rhshumway.com

I like to grow heirloom shelling beans. The place for that is vermontbean.com

Iwill also grow 100+ tomato plants. Many varieties at totallytomato.com

Oddly, all three places use the same physical address in Stroudsville, Wisconsin.

I get catalogs from Territorial Seed and a couple of other what I call yuppie boutique places. Their prices are as much as trice what I pay.

For flowers, I still prefer Park Seed Company. They are high, and most of their seeds come from Europe, but their quality is very high.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 5:01 PM ET
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Ordering live plants from anybody is a bad idea. I have done it, and my survival rate (getting plants not too dry or beat up as to be unsurvivable) ranged from zero to never more than 75%.

Subject: saving seeds
Date Posted: 1/30/2012 6:39 PM ET
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You can save you seeds from heirloom plants.

Hybrid plant seeds will revert back to one of the parent plants .

I save my tomato seeds by squishing a tomato on a paper towel and letting it dry on a rack.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 7:41 PM ET
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I ordered alot of seeds this year from Genericseeds.com.  They had the seeds I wanted for most things on sale.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 9:11 PM ET
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I'm going to check out those sites... last few years I've just bought started plants from the nursery for most of my veggies, though. Not sure if I'll have time to start seeds this year or not.

 

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 9:36 PM ET
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Well, gave the hubby a list of seeds that I could plant here this weekend, told him to just pick up a few things and he bought them all.. I have carrots, radishes, lettuce, dianthus, pansys, snapdragons, chives, cilantro, parsley, dill, fennel... hopefully I'll have time to get it all out on Saturday.

Subject: Local store impoved selection of seeds
Date Posted: 2/14/2012 1:15 PM ET
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Our local store Zamzows has lots more choice this year. I won't have to order expensive seeds.

Date Posted: 2/14/2012 6:01 PM ET
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Got my egg cartons all lined up, ready to sow seeds next week after the 21st.