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post #21 of 33
I'll have to look into the others that are suggested in this thread. i drool over southern exposure seed exchange which is geared for the mid-atlantic climate. i FINALLY was able to order from them a couple weeks ago to try doing some greens in the house during the winter.

i too have a goal for an all-heritage garden. the other part of that goal is to have the kids sell the excess at the farmer's market so they have a better understanding of farm-to-market.
post #22 of 33
I do all heirloom tomatoes, most of my peppers and eggplant. I use Seed Savers Exchange, they are about 45 minutes from where I live, and save a lot of my own seeds. I've also had good luck with Ebay from time to time.
post #23 of 33
I'm obsessive about open pollinated/heirlooms for my garden. So far so good! I asked at a nursery today if the onion sets were hybrid and they told me almost all onion sets are, so I said thank you and went on my way. I will find non hybrid ones!
post #24 of 33
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I will find non hybrid ones!
Oh please let us know what you come up with!
post #25 of 33
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I'm obsessive about open pollinated/heirlooms for my garden. So far so good! I asked at a nursery today if the onion sets were hybrid and they told me almost all onion sets are, so I said thank you and went on my way. I will find non hybrid ones!
http://groworganic.com/search.html?p...tegory=catalog
post #26 of 33
Nevermind, they are all sold out until 2009. D'oh!
post #27 of 33
I was counting on buying local. I ordered garlic, but here onions are a big deal and I just thought it would be easy to find and last year dh bought them from that nursery, but I guess they were hybrid. (the onions at the farmer's market are amazing in the spring!) I'll have some time this week to hunt around.
Thanks for the link anyhow!
post #28 of 33
Totally understand. I couldn't find any anywhere else either. Hopefully you can find some.
post #29 of 33
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This is all great info. Thanks so much! I think I'll try to do as many heirlooms as possible this year and go from there in the future.
post #30 of 33
I have some heirlooms this year (several kinds of tomatoes and pumpkins, and some dark blue popping corn), as well as a bunch of regular 'supermarket' seeds (broccoli, cauli, leeks, spring onions, beans and peas, sunflowers, herbs...). I'd like to transition to all heirlooms, but basically I'll just use up all my current seeds and replace them with heirlooms as I run out. So it'll probably take a few years!

I'm definitely getting those purple carrot seeds as soon as I run out of regular carrot seeds, though. I suck at carrots, and I think it's because I don't care enough. But I'm intrigued by the purple ones, so maybe that will give me enough incentive to work on them!
post #31 of 33
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I'm definitely getting those purple carrot seeds as soon as I run out of regular carrot seeds, though. I suck at carrots, and I think it's because I don't care enough. But I'm intrigued by the purple ones, so maybe that will give me enough incentive to work on them!
Actually, I've had better luck with the Lunar White carrots than the purple carrots. The purple is just on the skin, so if you peel carrots (I do, I'm not fond of the tough skin) they just look a more intense orange than carrots from the store. Now the white and yellow ones, oh baby. I swear, the white ones seem to taste more carrot-y. Or maybe it's just my soil. But they're fun.

Still not sure what I'm going to let go to seed next year... it's a toss up between the white and red - I still have a ton of carrots out there in the raised bed getting rained on.
post #32 of 33
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I'm obsessive about open pollinated/heirlooms for my garden. So far so good! I asked at a nursery today if the onion sets were hybrid and they told me almost all onion sets are, so I said thank you and went on my way. I will find non hybrid ones!
Did you find any. Here is a source in Texas I came upon. Not sure if they sell any OP, but worth a look.

http://www.dixondalefarms.com/catego...ate_day_onions
post #33 of 33
Has anyone here saved onion seed before? I'm almost ashamed to say this, but in the front yard I've got a few Walla Walla's and red onions I transplanted in there. Two and a half years ago.
They do the flower thing, but then stop. The red onions don't even send up a true flower stalk if I remember right (so probably *not* OP). But they don't seem to dry up like my parsley and carrots did...
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