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Where is a good (i.e. reliable, reputable, and affordable) source for seeds?

My wife and I are closing on our new property soon: 6 1/2 acres, mostly cleared. It's the first "acreage" for both of us.

We've both had gardens before (several years): We realize that we've pretty much missed the planting season this year; which is actually sort of good - we have plenty of work to do to get the place in order to be ready for our garden next spring.

I've done a little research and learned that what we thought was the "good old standby" (Burpees) has gotten noticeably more expensive. I've found "the Urban Farmer": https://www.ufseeds.com/, but am wondering if there are other sites that would be worth our time to look into.

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Here's a few to start with:

- Baker Creek (free shipping)
- Fedco Seeds
- Jung Seeds
- Pinetree Garden Seeds
- Sample Seed Shop (strange looking site but super prices and extraordinary tomato list)
- Seeds 'n Such (price per pack depends on how many packs bought)
- Shumway
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
- Victory Heirloom Seeds
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Couple of my favorites,

The local hardware store

NESeed

Totally Tomatoes

Harris Seeds

Johnnys
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What they said ^^^^

I like Baker Creek
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In addition to the ones listed above I also like Territorial Seed and Seed Savers Exchange.

Seed Savers Exchange has the commercial store site and you can also use the Exchange to swap directly with other seed savers. I have used their yearbook system in years past, but need to make time to get involved on the Exchange site.
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Another vote for BakerCreek

You may have missed a spring plant for longer term growth varieties, but there are plenty of opportunities for things like winter squash, late fall harvests for things like Brussels sprouts/cauliflower/broccoli.

Many root crops its not to late either. Local BuildORamas should still have some established green house plants on shelves as well. Dont let your year go to waste if it is a new zone/area you will need the practice and yet learned local specifics of soil and weather.

I am three years into my new area and still am behind the curve of where I want to be.
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Remember to choose what you plant to be compatible with local conditions. The county extension service might be able to help with recommended varieties and you local feed stores might also know what people traditionally plant in your area. This suggestion is most pertinent for the warmer areas of the USA as well as the most northern areas.

Many of the cheaper sources of seeds come from China. I am not sure if this detail is important in most cases. Properly growing, harvesting, and storing seeds is not necessarily an inexpensive enterprise. Remember in life you seldom get more than you paid for and of course may often get less. Cheap seeds that do not give you good results are actually quite expensive when all is said and done considering you time and expense in planting and putting work in to get little return on your efforts. If you are planting large acreages seed costs for sure do add up.
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Local farm store sells Livingston Seeds (hybred &heirloom) and I've done OK with them.

My go-to over the decades mail order were Jungs or Gurneys.

Shumway is a heirloom owned by Jung and I've never knew they were still around until just a few years ago. I grew up not far from their original operations and knew about them from that.

Everybody knew of my dads garden growing up (about 1/4 acre) which helped me sell seeds from American seed company ( remember the ads to win prizes for selling seed?)
, he also used Jung and Gurney.
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I get mine from Jung's and Territorial. This year I am buying all open-pollinated so I can start saving seeds.

When I look at new catalogs I check the descriptions to see if they indicate open-pollinated or hybrid vegetables; annual, biennial or perennial for flowers. If they just say something like "Big blue beauties all summer long" and don't really tell you what it's called or whether it's an annual or not then you know it's not a catalog for serious gardeners.

There is also a site that lets you know how people rate the catalog/grower: https://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/
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I get mine from Jung's and Territorial. This year I am buying all open-pollinated so I can start saving seeds.

When I look at new catalogs I check the descriptions to see if they indicate open-pollinated or hybrid vegetables; annual, biennial or perennial for flowers. If they just say something like "Big blue beauties all summer long" and don't really tell you what it's called or whether it's an annual or not then you know it's not a catalog for serious gardeners.

There is also a site that lets you know how people rate the catalog/grower: https://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/
I see the most notorious rip off site is not listed anymore at Dave's. Their lawyers are very good.
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I've had pretty good results with seeds from Luke at MIgardener.com. Small operation with a YouTube channel (same name) that's very informative.
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High Mowing
Pine Tree Garden Seeds
And there's a third, it's something like Sylvia's or Sonja's Seeds.

ETA John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
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My favorite is Seed Treasures. https://seedtreasures.com/

If you've ever subscribed to Backwoods Home Magazine, then you know who Jackie Clay is.

Everything she sells is seed she grew herself on her homestead in MN. Tons of variety. She started off a few years ago with maybe a single sheet worth of seeds. This year I got a thick catalog!

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