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Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby Blackknight88 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:47 pm

So I would like to learn a little more about storing seeds and types of seeds that can be obtained for growing fresh veggies. Any good ideas out there? I've heard about Heirloom seeds and have a couple radishes and carrots but that was all I could find.
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby farmgal » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:15 pm

you want the book Seed to seed, its considered one of the seed saving bibles..
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby MrsPrepwPets » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:40 pm

Blackknight88 wrote:I've heard about Heirloom seeds and have a couple radishes and carrots but that was all I could find.

I'm kind of surprised you can't find more, but we can get at least some heirlooms from almost all of the hardware or department stores that carry gardening supplies. They're mixed in with hybrids, so you have to look package by package. Maybe it's the change of seasons.
Nurseries may carry or be able to point you to local sources, too.

You can do a search for heirloom seed companies if you just don't have any outlets near you. One of these is a list of ten and one is a company that only ships to Canada:
http://www.heritageharvestseed.com/
http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/1 ... aders.html

I would not start with expensive varieties as a beginner, although peas and beans, most grains, most onions, and a lot of leaf veggies are pretty easy. Marigolds, dandelions, and mums are super-duper easy, too. Biennials (like the carrots, parsley) and some like cabbage are more painful, and tomatoes are more painful for various reasons.
I mostly include the rare-exotic canada site in case you live in a climate where average/normal veggies are a no-go.

I'm of mixed feelings about the heirloom buckets/tubs/kits you can buy for long term storage. Some are good, but any extreme climate (SW, Mountain West, cold, swamp, clay, sand) and a fair portion of the bucket is useless.
There's also a fair bit of debate about how long-term their long-term is, and what percentage of the bucket has little or no germination decrease for their claimed 4 and 10 years. Especially starting out, it's probably better to concentrate on local source, less expensive seeds.

Which might be on sale just anytime now, from this spring.


Seed to Seed is absolutely worth the money.
It's a compact, full source, easy to use, well indexed, and good imagery. It's like the Sam Thayer of seed saving. "Bible" was in no way too strong a description.

Here are a couple of sites that can help, too:
http://migardener.com/
http://www.heirloomseedsaving.com/


Also, consider finding your equivalent of a county extension program or master gardener program, and permie and sustainability forums for your specific area. You may be able to find people who are in the process or soon will be of collecting seed, and they may be willing to have you come out and watch.

Cheers,
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby OldTimeGardener » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:13 pm

Blackknight88 wrote:So I would like to learn a little more about storing seeds and types of seeds that can be obtained for growing fresh veggies. Any good ideas out there? I've heard about Heirloom seeds and have a couple radishes and carrots but that was all I could find.


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In a rush here so will just post this for now.
You have someone in your own 'backyard' (so to speak) that has many seeds that are grown local to you, which would be more suited to your growing area.
http://www.SaltSpringSeeds.com

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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby RT_survive » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:28 pm

I've bought seeds from West Coast Seeds, located in BC.

http://www.westcoastseeds.com/
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby dollyndrew » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:54 am

We have a seed saver "club" in comox valley and anyone can join and learn. They also do a "seedy Saturday" early in the year where you can buy packs and packs of local grown and saved seeds. Super cheap too :)
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby Goldie » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:39 am

More Canadian Heirloom Seed places

Ontario ,Canada
http://www.terraedibles.ca/

Manitoba, Canada
http://www.heritageharvestseed.com/
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby Blackknight88 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:19 pm

Thanks everyone..very informative!

I would especially like to go to Courtenay for the club up there and seedy Saturday sounds like fun.
I still go back and forth to the valley as we rent a house out to some kids up there.
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby Dakota » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:24 pm

I have gotten seed and information from Salt Spring Seeds for the last two years. Love this place!!! Very helpful owners/staff and a good variety of seed.
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Re: Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

Postby Blackknight88 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:47 pm

Sure was a shock to see the price of seeds go up 30% at the low end yesterday at the nursery. WOW is all I can say.
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