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It's getting seed orderin time, and I want to know who to order from? Thanks!
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http://www.reneesgarden.com/index.htm

rareseeds.com

http://www.totallytomato.com/

groworganic.com

https://www.vermontbean.com/vbsitedefault.aspx

www.abundantlifeseeds.com

www.underwoodgardens.com love this one - hard to find and interesting flower seeds.

and those above except fedco, I've never ordered from them.

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FarmerCathy - Are you sure about Vermont Bean? I know they are affiliated with Jung Seeds, and Jung gets some seed from Monsanto: http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto/ag_...eed_dealer.pdf Maybe Vermont Bean doesn't, though?

One on my list that I haven't seen yet is Bountiful Gardens: http://www.bountifulgardens.org/

And does anyone know about Scheepers http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/guarantee.html? They've signed the safe seed pledge, which I think would preclude dealing with Monsanto. At any rate, I've been happy with their seeds!
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FarmerCathy - Are you sure about Vermont Bean? I know they are affiliated with Jung Seeds, and Jung gets some seed from Monsanto: http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto/ag_...eed_dealer.pdf Maybe Vermont Bean doesn't, though?
Well, I guess we'll have to rule out totally tomato as well. They get thier seeds from the same place. It's good to know. I usually only look at thier perty catalog. I mostly just buy from Baker Creek, Renee's Garden, and Underwood Gardens Seeds. Oh, and Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (groworganic.com) since they are local. Baker Creek is my ultimate fav though. The owner is younger than me. He just had his first baby. They always carry some unusual seeds which is very cool, all heirloom. They are also the ones who started idigmygarden.com forum which I love.
I also used to buy from Johnny's seed and pinetree, but since you guys said they were associated with Monsato, I'm not going to buy from them this year. Like I need more seeds anyway.

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We LOVE High Mowing Seeds!!! Small, independent, organic seed company and I've had excellent results with all their organic seeds

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

I can already feel them calling my name...."plant me, plant me" haha!
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Baker Creek is one of my favorites (and relatively inexpensive!). Yeah, I can't believe he's younger than me, too, Cathy. They never say it, but they always put a free package of something in with your order. It's kind of a crapshoot, but I got a free package of patty-pan squash seeds and rainbow chard seeds. Only thing I don't like is the refund/out-pf-stock thing - you don't know about them not sending that certain seed packet until you've already got your order in your hands. It's different.

I've also been eyeing Heirloom Acre Seeds (*so* many packets are under a buck!), but haven't ordered from them or researched whether they're Monsanto-affiliated. Same with Bountiful Gardens. I doubt it, but you never know.

We'll see when I start getting this year's seed catalogs in the mail (everybody else has already mentioned SSE, SoC, etc.).

Oh, last year and the year before I did order from Irish Eyes/Garden City Seeds because they're somewhat local to me (well, a state over, but still). My local grocery store and farm store carries their seeds, too. Which is how I originally discovered them. I believe they grow most of their own stuff though. One of these days I swear I'm going to stop by to see their farm/facility on the way to my sister's. When the kids are older.

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Ooooh, thanks for all the links! I can't wait to go shopping.

The only site I already knew of was www.tomatofest.com. So far I can't find any info that links them to M. I love them, so I hope not!

FarmerCathy, I've got to check out idigmygarden. That sounds neat. I also check out dirtdoctor.com for Texas organic gardening, but what I don't like is he has started charging to post on the forum. I can read though.
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Baker Creek is one of my favorites (and relatively inexpensive!). Yeah, I can't believe he's younger than me, too, Cathy. They never say it, but they always put a free package of something in with your order. It's kind of a crapshoot, but I got a free package of patty-pan squash seeds and rainbow chard seeds. Only thing I don't like is the refund/out-pf-stock thing - you don't know about them not sending that certain seed packet until you've already got your order in your hands. It's different.
Yeah, I know what you mean about the refund thing from Baker. I now call them and ask if the seeds I'm ordering are in stock, then I don't have to worry about it. I haven't had them give me a refund for a couple years. I do like the free seeds, something new to try usually unless its the Green Zebra tomato again.

Manonash - charges for every post. Wow. idigmygarden has a lot of really nice people on there too. It's like a little community.

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Not for every post, it's just a yearly fee. But it's like $25, so I just read. Plus, since he started charging, the activity there has decreased. He probably needed money to keep the site up, but the money then made people leave. It used to be free.
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Here is another vote for Fedco (http://www.fedcoseeds.com) I know more then 1/2 of the staff there (maine is a small state) and would never order from anywhere else.
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I've been getting my herb seeds from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
I have yet to find out if they have ties. Looks as if they don't.
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I'm a huge fan of southern exposure seed exchange, organic & heirloom seeds. But, I live in the mid atlantic region for which they target and perfect their seeds.

Fairly certain they will grow anywhere, but best in mid-atlantic...

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Thanks - I have already started thinking about my garden for next year!!

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Well, when you need to start plants in February to put out in late April early May yeah gotta start thinking about it now. I can't believe that time of year is coming so fast. Crazy!

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We got a whole bunch of seeds last year from http://www.amishlandseeds.com/
and were really pleased with the results. Woman-owned business, too!

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We got a whole bunch of seeds last year from http://www.amishlandseeds.com/
and were really pleased with the results. Woman-owned business, too!
Oh my goodness, I was just poking around her site and just cracked up when I got to the "rainbow mixed carrot" thing. Sounds like something my kids would do, too. Had to bookmark that site for later.

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I've been happy with Botanical Interests seed from http://www.tinyseeds.com.
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I had such a great time checking out all these sites. I've got a bunch of the seeds bookmarked at several of them. I know my eyes are bigger than planting "stomach" -- always is
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high mowing and baker creek were already mentioned, but check out turtle tree seeds (order by phone or snail mail only....catalog can be ordered via a google search) and horizon herbs, too....they are amazing companies with great products........
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Does anyone know if Ed Hume Seeds is Monsanto free?
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Mothering has a GARDEN forum!?! Where have I been? I love sandhill preservation! They have good prices. I've also gotten chooks are turkeys from them, as well, lol! Let the gardening begin!

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I also used to buy from Johnny's seed and pinetree, but since you guys said they were associated with Monsato, I'm not going to buy from them this year.
Is someone sure about Johnny's and Monsanto? I saw that they took the safe seed pledge, and I always used to order from them.
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What's the scoop on Territorial? I always thought they were organically-minded.
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I heard Territorial got bought out a couple of years ago when organic became really in fashion and they kept the image but changed the product.
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Ok, really loving Baker Creek, guys. I joined the IDig forum there too. They have a really nice gardening forum.

I also like the Seed Saver's Exchange too.

Thanks y'all! I can't wait to start planting:
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Ok, really loving Baker Creek, guys. I joined the IDig forum there too. They have a really nice gardening forum.
That is my favorite gardening forum. Lots of nice folks there.

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