Where Do You Get Your Seeds? (Reader Input Request and Poll!)

22 Feb

As we get into the planting season, several people have asked me where I get my seeds. The answer is, from several sources (not all organic, as it happens, with my Puerto Rican herbs and peppers): the local garden supply stores like Hicks or Starkie Brothers, giveaways at foodie events, friends who send, seeds I’ve saved from our own garden or from the C.S.A. box.

Click on the radishes for Botanical Interests.

Radish French Breakfast Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Click here for High Mowing Seeds. Click here for Johnny’s Seeds.

So, I’m putting it out there…what are your most reliable and/or beloved seed sources and why? Please click on Comments at the bottom of the post to add your spoonful of wisdom.

And the poll (which refuses to be centered!)


15 Responses to “Where Do You Get Your Seeds? (Reader Input Request and Poll!)”

  1. Donalyn February 23, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    We get seeds from all over the place – we try to keep it to organic seeds, but sometimes I get tempted by something at the local store. High Mowing and Botanical Interests are among my favorite sources. Almost time to get some greens started!

  2. Tammy February 23, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    We get our seeds from the Native Seed Search – they are heritage crops that will do well in our climate.

  3. cecilia February 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    We already have our brassicas sprouting, now all I need is some sun!! c

  4. Dianne February 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I use Botanical Interest but have to say that my germination yields are not good for some veggies. I’m trying a new company this year: Victory Seeds. I found them through Davesgarden.org in their Garden Watchdog – a guide to gardening by mail. I saw High Mowing Seeds on the list but liked Victory Seeds because they say they don’t use GM seeds and they had what I wanted. Time will tell if the seeds are any good. I also save some seeds from year to year but recently ran into a problem with my Sungold cherry tomatoes (my original seeds were saved from the CSA I once belonged to). I also grew red cherry tomatoes the same year and apparently had a lot of great bee activity and cross pollination of my cherries. Only 1/4 of the Sungold seeds I planted the following year were actually golden. The rest were an in-between gold and red. Delicious anyway but I really wanted more Sungold.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy February 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      IN fact, some of the tomatoes I grew two years ago were from you…but I didn’t have the good sense to save them! Now I know better…when are you starting your tomatoes?

      • Dianne February 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

        Yes, I remember. That’s the year every seed took and I couldn’t throw them away (had over 100 plants). Sold them for $1ea on Craigs list! I’ll probably wait a bit to start the tomatoes since my priority right now is the spinach, arugula, cabbage, and kale. Need a bigger house!

  5. Karen February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I got my heirloom tomato seeds from Tomato Fest and the other seeds I get at my garden center. Happy gardening!

  6. Betsy Davidson February 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    This is a great resource of seeed companies that are completely unaffiliated with Monsanto – http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/06/monsanto-free-seed-companies/

    of this list, I love Baker’s Creek…their catalog is just beautiful!

  7. imarunner2012 February 22, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I collect as many seeds from my garden each year as I can. Last year we had beets go to seed and collected quite a few seeds. We’ll see how they grow as they don’ look anything like what we get in a packet.
    I’ve been buying seeds from Burpee for years and still buy most of my seeds from them. Sometims when I’m at Home Depot I can’t help my self and buy something that looks good there.
    I’m on some new mailing list this year and received seed catalogs from about 10 different companies. I had to resist! I can’t turn my entire back yard into a garden.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy February 22, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      I know how you feel. The temptation to try a bit of everything is great, but since we are only just learning over here, we are trying to keep it (relatively) simple! Thanks for your input!

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