Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:30 pm

The seed catalogs are pouring in. So are the organic gardening mags. I have not had good success with mail order seeds but many factors are there. I have been buying most of my seed from CO-OP because of cost, about 10% of the mail order stuff, and because they are produced for this climate. The down side is that they are grown mainly for large row crops and CO-OP does not carry the heritage type seeds that have become so popular. So do you think the purposed yield is worth the extra cost? :?:


Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:31 pm

We used mail order seeds for our gardens since 1942 with good results. Shumway and Gurneys.Plenty of compost has been helpful. Straw and grass clippings as mulch has helped our small Garden 30 feet by 50 feet. For the corn patch in the country the same thing as well as sodium nitrate to push the best results. We lime as required. Staten Island clay is rather acidic.


Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:51 pm

I don't put out a large garden but I use Gurneys and Burpees seeds. So far it's worked for me. Also a good soil analysis (sp) is usually a good idea. Not that expensive and takes the guessing out of what you need to add. I think the quality of the crop far out weighs the quantity. just my .02 for what it's worth. :) :) Grump


Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:24 pm

I love the heritage seeds. I am hooked on Brandywine tomatoes. I get the best value for my seed dollar from Southern States Co-op. They are carrying more heritage seeds and plants in my area.
They may be for large row crops, but isn't that what Cubs and "A's" are all about. :)


Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:15 pm

I usually get my seed and few tomato plants locally due to the cost - savings. I just placed a large catalog order, taking advantage of the free offers and to get a few things I couldn't get otherwise. The general idea was to get enough to make up for the shipping and handling fees.

The postage and handling fees really add up on small orders. The only thing I really wanted was a $3.99 packet of seeds, but the shipping and handling was $9.95 from this company. Didn't make sense.

I did order an assortment of heirloom tomatoes. I will save seeds from the non hybred plants this summer/fall for next season.

Edit: While I'm thinking about the topic. Perhaps someone wants to start a seed saver - share organization. Swap seeds for the price of postage.


Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:27 am

Eugene!!---go ahead and start another thread on the subject and add a poll to see if there would be enough interest!!---It is a very good idea!---We try to plant as much op (open pollinated) varieties as possible and save seed,(always save a ton too much)--have saved seed for years!
The sweet corn is the hybrid stuff and I am hooked on that!lol!!, but most everything else is op!

I think the idea of a cub seed exchange would be neet!!!

We did order from Heirloom Acres Seeds, a couple of years ago!---shipping and handling charges from some of the big guys are rather high,--but postage keeps going up so they may be justified in the amounts they charge!

There are several veggie varieties that I would like to try, BUT no way we can pay 10 bucks to get a $1.25 packet of 10 seeds mailed to us!!----SO we just get what we can local(not much assortment) as to different varieties! thanks; sonny


Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:30 am

Thanks for the tip Mike. Southern States has an awesome web site. I"m going to give them a try. Best single source of info too.


Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:35 am

We used to get out seeds from Henry Fields. After a couple years of really poor results though we quit and now buy all our seed at the local feed store. They don't have as big a seelction as the catalogs, but we have never had a bad yield, and have always been happy.


Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:01 am

I've been using FEDCO out of Maine for years. They have a lot of information in the cataloge you will not find else where.
They buy a lot from small farms, and do not use monsanto GMO seed.
I've found the prices competative, and have had good luck with the seed.
Postage is included in the price of the seed, and they have good discounts for large orders.


Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:04 pm

i don't start everything from seed,yet. but a word of advice for plants. plants developed for one zone may not have the same productivity in another zone. i buy my starter plants local,and pay a lot of attention to what the sellers say about planting in different zones . just an observation. i think the seed thing would really be a good idea.everyone could share in the cost and reap the rewards,pun intended. 8) :idea: 8)


Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:19 pm

I would rather pay a little more and have a good chance of at least getting something. Seems I need all the luck I can get!


Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:27 pm

I used to use Fields, Burpees, or others and found that one could easily spend $100 on seeds and still not have that much to show for it.

a local farm supply store has bulk seeds, I got 5 lbs of beans, 5 lbs of peas, 5 lbs of turnip seed, and about 20 other varieties of garden seeds (1/16 lb each) and the total came to $13.00. Another plus is it supports the local economy.

It pays to look around locally.


Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:16 pm

Just received a catalog from Johnny's. 300 organic products. Catalog is well organized and lots of information. Also a large number of different types of plants/seeds not contained in the normal seed catalogs.


I know nothing about the company. This is my first catalog from them. So I can not make any type of recommendation.


Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:42 pm

I belong to a local farmer's co-op and find that if it can't be found they will try to get it . They also have a good selection of heirloom varieties. I also like the idea of buying local if possible.


Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:04 am

This lousy weather has kept me out of the garden. Frozen in the morning and mud by noon. But it has given me the chance to really do my homework on seeds. First a trip to Co-Op where I usually buy my seed. Then to the 8 catalogs I have received. Half a legal pad of notes later I came the conclusion to use Rohrer for most and Co-Op for the ones Rohrer does not carry. A little more money but that's OK. Now for some dry weather and a little luck I can welcome in spring. BTW I got another 3/4 acre to play with. :D