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Best seed company?
Sun 29-Nov-09
5:10 pm
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Lovage
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It's not the weather for doing much on the plot - more suited to sitting by the fire with the seed catalogues and dreaming of next years harvest.

I tend to get seed from many different sources, shops, catalogues and on-line wherever I see something interesting. Favourites include

Italian seed company - generous packet sizes

Organic Garden - old loyalties

Real Seed Company - right on principles

Just wondered what sources others use - am I missing a good supplier?

Sun 29-Nov-09
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I generally pick up packets when I'm in France or Belgium - not too many failures to date.

I'll try that again!

Fri 8-Jan-10
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The Which? trials awarded Dobies top marks for seed germination and T&M for online service.

Like you I get my seeds from a wide range of sources - this year I've had the time to do far more research which has been great.

T&M's heritage range is a favourite, also the real seed company. I'm getting some seeds from Stormy Hall Seeds this year as I'm trying biodynamic gardening at the cottage.

Fri 8-Jan-10
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I used to use D.T. Browns in England and Denmark as they were suitable for more Northern climes, not sure if that is still true as I think they moved South.

Fri 8-Jan-10
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Chiltern Seeds. Fabulous range, hilarious catalogue,excellent service and results.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 9-Jan-10
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Has anyone used CN seeds? 

 Just discovered them and they have the biggest range of salad leaves I have ever seen!

They are really aimed at the commercial growers but packets start at £1.70 and probably have far more in than most

Sat 9-Jan-10
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That's useful to know Lovage, thanks.  Link here  http://www.cnseeds.co.uk/

I'll try that again!

Sun 10-Jan-10
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real seed company is the best as far as im concerned, and the fact that you can save your own seed and no hybrids is fantastic and out of the thriteen different veg i tried last year, all were very successful, but the one that got the most praise was the risphead lettuce as it was always ignored by slugs and very verry tasty.

Sun 10-Jan-10
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Welcome, foxy.

Good to know about a lettuce that slugs ignore. Valuable info! WellDone

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Sun 10-Jan-10
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hey Foxy, would the seed you refer to be whatI read about when they say "heirloom"?  Or am i completely lost

Tue 26-Jan-10
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We tend to look at the Tuckers catalogue first, partly because it is local. It has both organic and non-organic varieties.

And if you subscribe to Gardeners World it has discount codes for several of the seed companies this month. (I am given a subscription every year, and just when I think it is a waste of time looking at it there is an issue worth seeing, like this month.)

I just got my Cottage Garden Society seed allocation, so I will start things off in my small new propagator very soon.  I got the usual 15 packets plus another 5 for donating seeds. It is worth remembering to collect seed for this whenever any of your plants go to seed, and the more people who donate the wider the choice. I didn't go for many veg, as Partner tends to order those, but did get some climbing French beans which I was sure he wouldn't want.

Mon 15-Feb-10
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I've used Tuckers as well.  Love the Real seed company.  Found T&M not very good online – perhaps just a bad experience but it's put me off them and I think they're pretty expensive.  Like speed and service of Mr Fothergills.  Alan Romans is good, although a limited selection but super cheap.

For heritage and unusual varieties Thomas Etty is great IMO. 

Sun 21-Feb-10
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I tend to use Tamar Organics

Sun 21-Feb-10
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We love the strange and varied offerings from the Real Seed Company. The little inserts in the bags give such interesting background on where the seed was grown and harvested from, who donated it, etc. Really eccentric. It's our first year tryinga  pretty large volume of their seeds, so we shall see how they succeed.

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Fri 26-Feb-10
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Hi this is my first go at a topic I have recently found  that you can get seed potatoes direct from the grower and is cheaper than suttons ect they are called JBAseed potatoes they sell from 5 potatoes at £1.50 +delivery right up to 25 kilobags they have heritagepotatoes but they are all very well describe just looking is fun .This year for the fist time i have bought from the real seed company and everything i have sowed has come up well hope this is in the right place

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