http://www.treeshrubseeds.com/catalog.asp are hard to beat.
Great variety, good prices.
I have done some gurilla gardening this week when going for my morning walks..gathering up the acorns that have fallen on the pavement, and filling my pockets, and then as I'm walking, tossing them here and there where they would be welcome to grow along side the roads..
also a good time to look for black walnuts, hazelnuts, etc..pears and apples are coming on in some places..
also when you are eating fruit check out the seeds, some will already be beginning to sprout in the cores of apples..and you can take that core and bury it in your garden areas...remember not to go too deep
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Leela Olson wrote:Can anyone recommend inexpensive or free ways of obtaining perennial fruit, trees, herbs, flowers, seeds etc? I am in the process of designing my farm on a budget (hubby just got laid off) I am planning a market garden for next year, a chicken forgage garden etc. I live in New Hamsphire, USA.
For getting seeds on the cheap, I'm sure you've noticed that at online retailers they often sell seeds in bulk at lower prices. Find a nearby buddy and go in with them. The prices get lowered AND, because you're buying large quantities, you typically get better seed. I've got two gardening buddies and we plan out our gardens together in order to do this.
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For a property which is farm sized I would like to learn how to graft trees, but that is as well time you lose as you want to have fruit ASAP. Christmas is soon just make a list of seeds or trees you would like and tell everyone that that would be the best present.
Some seeds I get in the organic shop from the spice aisle because they are selling it in bulk like coriander, chia, dill, fenugreek or goji berries. You can get broad beans and other beans there too or you can get them in the supermarket too. Ethnic shops are interestig sources too, I found edible lupine at an Indian grocer or our green grocer sells watercress, a bunch is enough for a hundered or more cuttings.
There are some fruit trees which grow reasonably from seed, most must be grafted though.
Whatever seeds you can't find locally can be ordered online. http://www.permies.com/t/8206/plants/Good-fruit-nut-edible-trees