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Seed sources

Postby Connie » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:15 am

I thought it might be a good idea to have a sticky thread where we can post seed sources. Then we have a place to come to without searching the archives. Let's try to keep this thread just links so we don't have to muddle through a lot of conversation to find what we're looking for.
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Postby Jim Jacobs » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:33 am

Seedsavers Exchange;

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds;

Southern Exposure;

Landis Valley Museum;

Old Farmer's Almanac online seed swap board;

Victory Seeds; ... ntury.html
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Postby pichou » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:58 am

Native Seeds (mostly SW)

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Postby Doc Muzzy » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:53 pm

This seed source is from a man who wrote a book in the 80s having researched back about 100 years to get info on gardening as we did it when i grew up! We never bought vegies from a super market!

I'll post a link to the whole book at the bottom. It is a free downlosd.

Seed Sources

According to the National Gardening Association, there are over 700 seed catalogs and online suppliers. The variety of vegetables that you can grow in your kitchen garden is endless.

This brief list of seed suppliers presents sources for hard-to-find traditional vegetables, heirloom varieties and open-pollinated, non-hybrid vegetables. Match the key number or letter of the type of vegetable that you're looking for with those listed with each seed company. Catalogs are free unless a price is noted.

HARD-TO-FIND TRADITIONAL VEGETABLES - Cardoon (1), Chervil (2), Chicory (3), Corn Salad (4), Cress (5), Dandelion (6), Fennel (7), Jerusalem Artichoke (8), Martynia (9), New Zealand Spinach (10), Nasturtium (11), Okra (12), Pop Corn (13), Salsify (14), Scorzonera (15), Sea Kale (16), Shallots (17), Skirret (18), Sorrel (19), Upland Cress (20), Vegetable Marrow (21), Water Cress (22).

HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES (H) - Many old varieties of vegetables have been preserved by home gardeners and hobbyists and by horticulturists at living history museums across the country. These varieties were developed, in the past, for individual advantages, such as: better winter storage; great taste; better adaptability to a certain climate; earlier yield; brighter color for a more decorative garden; drought resistance - the advantages and the varieties are endless. Like the advice in this book, heirloom seeds are a legacy from yesterday's gardeners.

OPEN-POLLINATED VEGETABLES (P) - The seeds of modern hybrid vegetables can't be saved. They'll either not grow or they'll produce a plant that is very different from, and usually inferior to, its parent. If you want to save your seed and improve your vegetables from year to year, you'll have to start with opera-pollinated varieties.

Seed Suppliers:

ALLEN, STERLING & LOTHROP, 191 U.S. Route No.1, Falmouth ME 04105 2,5,6,7,10,11,12,13,14, H - Full line catalog of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Free downloadable catalog.

W. ATLEE BURPEE CO., 300 Park Ave., Warminister, PA 18974 3,4,6,7,8,10,13,14,19,20 - Founded in 1876, Burpee published the 1888 book, How and What to Grow in a Kitchen Garden of One Acre, that's quoted in The Kitchen Garden Guide. They probably supplied many of this book's 19th Century writers with their seed. Their free full color, full line catalog can be ordered online.

BUTTERBROOK FARM, 78 Barry Road, Oxford, CT 06483

10,11,12,13 H, P - This small seed co-op offers a variety of vegetables that thrive in New England's short growing season. All are open-pollinated, for seed-savers and should perform well in most cold regions or for succession planting in the south. Send $1 for their seed list.

THE COOKS GARDEN, P.O. Box 65, Londonderry, VT 05748 2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,16,19,22 H - 28 varieties of hard-to-find salad greens, 13 chicories, 35 varieties of lettuce. Order their free catalog online.

WILLIAM DAM SEEDS, 279 Hwy 8 RR 1 Dundas, Ontario L9H 5E1,Canada

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14, 15,19,21,22 - A great variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers and accessories. Visit their website to request a free catalog.

GOOD SEED CO., 195 Bolster Road Oroville WA 98844

2,7,11 H, P - Informative online catalog offers heirloom vegetables and herbs, and a great deal of very good advice on how to grow them.

GURNEY'S SEED & NURSERY P.O. Box 4178, Greendale, IN 47025 3,4,7,10,11,12,13,14,15,21,23 - Online catalog of vegetables & nursery stock.

HEIRLOOM GARDEN SEEDS, P.O. Box 138, Guerneville, CA 95446 3,4,5,6,7,11,19,22, H, P - Unique catalog offers old-time varieties of herbs & salad greens with lessons on their history, lore & use - great reading. Send $4 for the catalog.

J. L. HUDSON SEEDSMAN, P.O. Box 337, La Honda, CA 94020 3,4,9,10,11,12,13,18,19,2.1,22 H, P - Online catalog offers rare vegetables, herbs, flowers & decorative plants from around the world.

D. LANDRETH SEED CO., 60 East High Street, New Freedom, PA 17349 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,13,14,19,21, 22 H, P - You can purchase your seeds from the same company that George Washington & Thomas Jefferson used. In business since 1784, Landreth offers a variety of old-time classics and heirloom vegetables. A print catalog is available, but finding what you want online is easy.

LE JARDIN DU GOURMET, P.O. Box 75, St. Johnsbury Center., VT 05863

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,12,17,19,21,22 - A nice selection of European and unusual vegetable & herb seeds. A downloadable catalog is available.

LE MARCHE SEEDS INTERNATIONAL, P.O. Box 190, Dixon, CA 95620 1,2,3,4,6,7,12,13,14,15,19,22 H, P - Send $2 for their beautiful catalog that offers seeds, planting advice, lore and recipes for a wide range of French heirloom and hard-to-find vegetables and herbs.

PARK SEED COMPANY INC., 1 Parkton Ave., Greenwood, SC 29647 2,4,5,7,8,9,11,12,19,22 P - Full line Internet catalog of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits, tools, accessories & books. Park Seed Company has been in business since 1868.

PINE TREE GARDEN SEEDS, P.O. Box 300, New Gloucester, ME 04260 1,2,3,4,6,7,10,11,12,13,14,19,21 H, P - 512 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, bulbs, decorative plants, garden tools, great gadgets & one of the best selections of garden books you'll ever find. Order online or request a free print catalog.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SEED EXCHANGE, P.O. Box 460, Mineral, VA 23117 7,10,11,12,19 H, P - Free print or downloadable catalog offers a great variety of rare vegetables, many developed specifically for the mid-Atlantic region. Their "family heirloom " varieties are just that - vegetables that have been nurtured by individual families for generations for their special qualities. The catalog and the website are valuable sources of information on planting and growing vegetables and on saving seeds.

STOKES SEEDS INC., P.O. Box 548, Buffalo, NY 14240

2,3,4,5,6,7,12,13,14,23 - A free full line catalog with 1600 varieties of vegetables and flowers can be ordered online, or use the website search box to find what you need.

TERRITORIAL SEED COMPANY, P.O.Box 158, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

2,4,7,19 H - Specializes in vegetables for cold, wet climates. Both the free catalog and the website offer seeds, tools, books and accessories.

VICTORY SEED COMPANY, P.O. Box 192, Molalla, OR 97038

1, 3,4,5,7,10,12,14,H,P Online catalog of heirloom and open pollinated varieties with an extensive selection of heirloom tomatoes.

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Postby Antoine » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:06 am

Museum of the Fur Trade Heirloom Indian garden has beans, corn, watermelon, squash, and other cultivated heirloom seeds for sale.
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Re: Seed sources

Postby Ron Clark » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:06 am

I'd like to add High Mowing to the list of seed suppliers . My wife and I have a small organic farm in FL and have bought a great portion of our seeds from them. They are a good folks and have a nice variety of heirloom seeds.
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Re: Seed sources

Postby von mittler » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:37 pm

I've purchased heirloom seeds from Johnny's Seeds with success. They are an employee owned company specializing in organic seeds and have great customer service and a nice catalog.

Here is a link to their heirloom offerings:
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Re: Seed sources

Postby Brian Knox » Mon May 04, 2015 4:05 pm

I know that this is an old thread, but hopefully somebody is still looking at it. I've had great success with the seeds from Mountain Valley Seeds in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although not everything is Heirloom (they have quite a bunch of these, though), it is all open-pollinated.
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Re: Seed sources

Postby Ron Clark » Mon May 04, 2015 5:54 pm

Good to know, Brian. Thanks.
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