I am having a hard time finding a seed supply company that I like. Does anyone have any suggestions? Organic and heirloom variety availablity would be nice but not necessary. Price is my main concern. Thanks! -Nick
For those living in the southwest, and high deserts, Native seeds, has a large variety of very rare, "ancient" varieties of seeds, that the natives used., I spent an hour or so just going through all their beans varieties.
sorta depends where you are. In Canada I have had good luck with these people http://www.heritageharvestseed.com/ They have all sorts of seed but an esp large collection of bean and tomato varieties,often with interesting bits of information about the seeds. Tomatoes which were used to substitute for figs (recipes included) or wine or that can be pulled up and stored for weeks at the end of the season, for example.
The U.S. now requires phytosanitary certificates for seed coming from outside the country, so it is not cost effective for most nurseries to ship to the U.S anymore. There is a great site for tree (and other) seeds for the north (I haven't ordered from them before this year but it looks really good and when I had a question they responded the same day) http://www.gardensnorth.com/site/
I like Pepper Joe's and Horizon Herb's.
Pepper Joe's Review:
The Atomic Starfish is sweet at the edges and spicy in the middle; the Filius Blue is a Spicy little seed sack(EXTREMELY SHOWY PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN VIEW EASILY!!) with purple stems, white flowers, and peppers that start purple followed by whites through yellows then cherry red; the Tasmanian Habanero is almost Tearfully Hot; the Cayenne is just a wee bit too spicy, and one plant of the 20 seeds planted was sweet; and the Purple Jalapeno is Red when ripe and beats the pants off any other Jalapeno I've eaten, Sweet AND Spicy.
I only grew out some Fava beans from horizon as most of what I ordered arrived late June and would have been finishing in mid December if i had planted it, something that doesn't work in Michigan w/o a greenhouse. the Fava' were delicious, and tolerated a few soft frosts before their tips died back, 1st full frost killed them, that was a mid November.
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Ditto the Pine Tree...love their selection and they are the cheapest I've found. Their seeds germinate well and deliver the goods. Can't beat the wide array of choices for each type of seed and they are prompt..provide good service. They are the only one I source any more.