My Favorite Places to Order Seeds

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Real Estate Agent with Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky

 Sitting at the kitchen table while the snowflakes are swirling and browsing the seed catalogues while sipping a cup of chai tea and dreaming of warmer days ahead is gives me great joy.

Just a couple of comments about where I like to buy seeds.  

Veggies

My first choice for veggies is Fedcoseeds in Maine. Fedco is easy to order from on line but their search engine sometimes isn't that reliable.  They have a great catalogue that you can order and I suggest you order it from their web site.  The catalogue is black and white but what makes the catalogue a good read is they take great care to write about the history of the seeds.  For instance, one of my very favorite peppers that I discovered many years ago is Jimmy Nardello.  Here is the description from their catalogue.

    3730JO Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Pepper OG (76 days) Open-pollinated. This thin-walled 8" frying pepper has won many converts. The long curved tapering pointed fruits turn deep red with shiny wrinkled skin when ripe. “So beautiful in my garden, I hated to pick them,” one customer said. Pleasing sweet mild flavor, good raw, in stir fries and, especially, fried. According to Nardello family relative Patty Ruprecht of Pownal, ME, “the only way to eat them is to string them, dry them, fry them and salt them.” Eat them plain or “better still as a sandwich on Italian bread with a slice of provolone.” Listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Brought to Connecticut from the village of Ruoti in the Basilicata region of southern Italy in 1887 by Jimmy Nardello’s mother.

You not only get a good description of Jimmy Nardello but you also get reviews from growers and finally a bit of history.  I can just see Jimmy's little Italian mother carrying a string of dried peppers hanging from her luggage as she shuffled off the ship in New York.

Kathy and I love to eat this pepper fresh in salads, grilled with mixed veggies and it is sumptious with scrambled eggs.  I have some problems digesting most peppers but Jimmy is easy on my tummy.

Oh, by the way Fedco has small quantities of seeds for less than any other seed company I have experienced.  Fedco also has a large number or heirloom and organic seeds.

If you need seeds that will do well in cool climates then Territorial Seed Company in Oregon is one of the best.  My wife Kathy and I used to stop by Territorial on our annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.  So this place has a sentimental tug for me.  The cost of their seeds tend to be significantly higher than Fedco and you can find most of their seeds in the Fedco catalogue.

Tomatoes


If you are looking for a great variety of tomatoes then you want to try Totally Tomatoes out of Wisconsin.  They have a great selection and their prices are very good but not as good as Fedco.  I love the organization of their home page.  They also sell peppers and cucumber and a few other veggies.  Their catalogue has large brightly colored pictures.

Thompson and Morgan
in Indiana is my favorite place to order seeds for flowers.  They have a terrific selection.  Their prices are about average but their selection is way above average.  T and M also sell veggies but their selection isn't that great and their prices are usually much higher than Fedco.  They have a good selection of both perennial and annual varieties.  

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Rainmaker
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Kathy Toth
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Good luck with those seeds!  I don't seem to have much time for gardening - just selling Ann Arbor Real Estate

Jan 09, 2010 11:44 AM #1
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Kathy,

Gardening is a passion and quite necessary for my health. 

Jan 09, 2010 11:45 AM #2
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Vickie McCartney
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Paul~  I have finally realized how important fruits and vegetables are as the main portion of our diet.  The Standard American Diet (SAD) is exactly that..... SAD!  Fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes and beans are the way to go!  Being healthy goes hand in hand with nutrient rich foods.  It really is that simple! 

Jan 09, 2010 11:53 AM #3
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Lisa S. Mullins
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Thanks for the info.... I usually try to order from one or 2 companies for everything.... I can not wait for spring time!

Jan 09, 2010 11:55 AM #4
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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Best of luck with the gardening -- wish it was easier to do it in Arizona -- but not so.

Jan 09, 2010 03:49 PM #5
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Leslie Prest
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Thanks for the tip. I order from Territorial Seeds, I'll check out Fedco. Smaler amounts of seed for less would be great. I'm just a backyard gardener.

Jan 10, 2010 03:01 AM #6
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Vicki,

 

Do you read Wedell Berry!  A native son that has been writing about food, soil, culture and health for 40 years.

Jan 10, 2010 04:36 AM #7
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Lisa,

I also am eager to start planting. The ice and snow are beautiful but I love the dirt!

Jan 10, 2010 04:38 AM #8
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Bob, Carolin and Leslie,

 

Do you garden mostly in the spring and winter?  I had family that lived in Scottsdale for many years and when I would visit in the summer it was hard for me to envision anything but a cactus growing in that super hot and dry climate.

Jan 10, 2010 04:41 AM #9
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Marcia Hawken
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Paul, I remember those seed buying days when I lived in Northern Minnesota!  It was such a hopeful activity in the dead of winter.  Hard to do here, in Naples FL where everything grows year round. Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2010 12:19 PM #10
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Vickie McCartney
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Paul~  I have not read him. I will check him out though..... But, I did read Eat To Live by Dr. Fuhrman, have you read it? 

Jan 11, 2010 12:41 PM #11
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Vickie McCartney
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Hi again Paul~  Is it Wedell Berry or Wendell Berry?

Jan 11, 2010 12:45 PM #12
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Hi Vickie,

 

No I have not read Eat to Live but will.  Berry has a ton of great books and wonderful poetry.  I am amazed at how few people in Kentucky really know him.  A little bit of a prophet is without honor in his own country, I guess.  He is very popular in the Pacific Northwest.

Jan 11, 2010 12:47 PM #13
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oops, sorry about my sloppy typing.  it is Wendell

Jan 11, 2010 12:58 PM #14
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Vickie McCartney
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Hey Paul~  I goggled him and found some poetry.  I will dig deeper and see what else he has to offer.  The Eat To Live is so simple, and the pounds just fall off!  I LOVE IT!! 

Jan 11, 2010 01:28 PM #15
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