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Old 12-12-2018, 04:32 PM
 
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Maybe I'm cheap but the shipping cost always makes me try and order from only 1 or 2 seed companies.
I like organic seeds even though not convinced they create a better plant or production.

Johnny's Seeds and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange esp. for beans have been my go-to for seeds.

What are your year-after-year favorite seed sellers?
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:54 PM
 
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I buy off the rack from two local companies, have always had good luck with them. Their seeds are for cool, short season planting, which is right up my alley.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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Park Seeds
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:30 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Seeds from Italy is my favorite. They're located in Lawrence, Kansas.
Let me just add this: The germination rate is great AND they give you a veritable buttload of seeds per packet. You could plant a farm with some of these packets.

Last edited by Snort; 12-12-2018 at 08:52 PM.. Reason: My reason for editing is because I did not give a fully sufficient rationale for my high regard for this wonderful company
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I will no longer buy seeds from Burpee. Something's amiss with their seeds and it's been getting worse over time. Have no idea why or where they get their seeds, but I've had bad luck with seeds resulting in deformed looking flowers (some zinnias I planted a few years ago), tomatoes that were supposed to be sweet, but were really tart, plants that were just not healthy looking, or stunted, etc. Basically, they look like really bad hybrids that have mutated.

Last year I just bought locally off the rack and spent more money on seeds from local companies, looking particularly for heirloom options, for the most part and the results were phenomenal. My abilities and know how haven't changed, so I have to deduce that Burpee's seeds are bad, for whatever reason. I used to have great luck with their seeds many years ago, but something's really changed for the worst.
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Old 12-12-2018, 09:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I will no longer buy seeds from Burpee. Something's amiss with their seeds and it's been getting worse over time. Have no idea why or where they get their seeds, but I've had bad luck with seeds resulting in deformed looking flowers (some zinnias I planted a few years ago), tomatoes that were supposed to be sweet, but were really tart, plants that were just not healthy looking, or stunted, etc. Basically, they look like really bad hybrids that have mutated.

Last year I just bought locally off the rack and spent more money on seeds from local companies, looking particularly for heirloom options, for the most part and the results were phenomenal. My abilities and know how haven't changed, so I have to deduce that Burpee's seeds are bad, for whatever reason. I used to have great luck with their seeds many years ago, but something's really changed for the worst.
Burpeeís seeds are expansive but I get the Ambrosia melon which is Burpeeís exclusive. I like to look at the catalog because itís very colorful.

But to answer OP question, I limit myself to no more than 12 companies.
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:43 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. I went on a search for seed companies with free shipping and managed to find a couple. One was rareseeds.com which is Baker Creek Heirloom seeds and another's free ship offer ends tonight so won't bother posting their name (yes I ordered a small order).

Newbie: 12 companies!! Wow you are a serious gardener, impressive. Can you post photo of your "garden" or maybe it's more of a farm?
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:50 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Burpeeís seeds are expansive but I get the Ambrosia melon which is Burpeeís exclusive. I like to look at the catalog because itís very colorful.

But to answer OP question, I limit myself to no more than 12 companies.
It should be expensive, sorry for the typo.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Thanks for your replies. I went on a search for seed companies with free shipping and managed to find a couple. One was rareseeds.com which is Baker Creek Heirloom seeds and another's free ship offer ends tonight so won't bother posting their name (yes I ordered a small order).

Newbie: 12 companies!! Wow you are a serious gardener, impressive. Can you post photo of your "garden" or maybe it's more of a farm?
I like rareseeds. I have a small yard, no bigger than 6000 sqft max. I get regular garden variety from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Armstrong. But every year I look online or through seeds catalog and buy a few variety that I don’t see at these places. Max is 12, but that doesn’t mean I buy up to 12. Some seeds company does have free shipping if you order over a certain dollar limit.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:43 AM
 
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I like Parks, Baker Creek, and Tomato Growers Supply. Always fun reading catalogs.
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