What Are Your Favorite Seed Companies And Why?


| 2/9/2011 8:59:12 AM


Tags: seeds,

If you don't already have a favorite seed company, be sure to check out Best Garden Seed Companies for a state-by-state roundup of some of our favorites. If you do have favorites, we want to hear about them. Who do you love and why? Share your suggestions in the comments section below.

We'll send a free gift of an Heirloom Vegetable Gardening CD-ROM to the readers who post the 5 most interesting entries!

Bob Knack
11/21/2011 4:33:34 AM

I have used the big companies with great success but last year decided to give a new company a try. Clear Creek Seeds. Couldn't have been happier!! Prices were lower and packages contained more seeds. No problems with germination rates either. Only ships USA but that works for me.


Lynne Aldridge
2/18/2011 7:56:52 AM

Very few US companies ship seed to Europe. Baker Creek does, and has an excellent range. These days, I rarely buy for the "big" UK seed companies - poor selection of open pollinated seed being the main problem, but I find that the germination rates of their seeds is poorer than comparable stock from smaller companies. Most of the companies I use on a regular basis sell primarily open pollinated, if not heirloom varieties. Companies I use on a regular basis include Thomas Etty, Pennard Plants (Growing Old), Real Seeds and Seeds of Italy. I swear by Rugosa di Friuli Zucchini from Seeds of Italy. Not your run of the mill variety - yellow, lumpy and curved, but unbeatable texture and flavour. Also look out for Purlple Podded Peas - can be eaten as mange tout, shelled or dried peas, so excellent where growing space is limited.


Lynne Aldridge
2/18/2011 7:44:41 AM

Very few US companies ship seed to Europe. Baker Creek does, and has an excellent range. These days, I rarely buy for the "big" UK seed companies - poor selection of open pollinated seed being the main problem, but I find that the germination rates of their seeds is poorer than comparable stock from smaller companies. Most of the companies I use on a regular basis sell primarily open pollinated, if not heirloom varieties. Companies I use on a regular basis include Thomas Etty, Pennard Plants (Growing Old), Real Seeds and Seeds of Italy. I swear by Rugosa di Friuli Zucchini from Seeds of Italy. Not your run of the mill variety - yellow, lumpy and curved, but unbeatable texture and flavour. Also look out for Purlple Podded Peas - can be eaten as mange tout, shelled or dried peas, so excellent where growing space is limited.





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