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Heirloom Seeds for Northeast US

Hi all. Simple questions here:

Where's a good, reliable, quality online vendor for Heirloom seeds that you have done business with? Hit me with suggestions por favore.

Also ..

If you have any experience growing in the Northeast (NY here) - what varieties are really working out for you.

fyi our plot is soil on the clay side, not a lot of direct sunlight during the day - only about 4 or 5 hours till the sun goes behind some trees. So its a moderately shady garden.

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For all NEW and Old Gardners, There

Are several books that need to be read. Please reach out and find the following:

The Vegetable Gardeners Bible by Edaward C Smith, The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere & Emilee Gettle, And most important; Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth.

To answer the Op I would contact Baker Creek Farms. Susan and I visited their place( Mansfield, MO) last May and it was wonderful. There are now over 1500 rare seeds in the seed store. We walked away with over $403.00 in seed and could not believe it. In addition we visited the Apothacary and got a couple or recipies for a balm for topical pain. It works great.

I spent time with the Head Biologist that checks and test all seed brought to Baker Creek. He taught me some of the do's and dont's of recouping seed. His advice was the book seed to seed. He told me he lives by this book. Looking into his eyes gave me the trust to encourage others to buy this book. After the trip I have returned home to start reading it again. I forgot I had it when I started planting years ago.


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Heirloom Seeds

I have quite a few tomato plants that have volunteered, grew up from seeds left from last years plants. I have let some continue to grow, does anyone know if they will be productive? I don't recall the variety, but if they sprout from seeds from the last years garden are they heirloom, or just a wild variety from a breeding stock?

I have hard clay ground too, I rototilled in leafs, grass clippings, did everything to improve the soil and I never could get it to be productive. I then went with the squarefoot system of raised beds, 1/3 vermiculite, petemoss and compost and it worked out very well.


The person that replied to me says that the hybrids are often sterile, but I have planted the seeds for years and have grown good plants. Some could have been sterile. I've never had 100% of them come up. Often I do get plants that aren't quite the same as the ones I planted, but they still produce fairly well. I think they are "throwbacks" to the parent plants that were crossed to make the hybrid. Hell, I have grown so many different types and they keep cross pollinating, I don't know what I have...but so what, I'm happy with the productive outcome. I do still try different heirlooms and hybrids on occasion.
If you have the plants growing and they seem health, give them a chance and see what happens. If they look sort of scrawny, probably best to not waste your time.


What are the reasons that some of you are opposed to hybrid seeds?

Many hybrids

don't seed, or have sterile seeds that don't grow.
The whole idea of good gardening is to have healthy, vigorous seeds that can be harvested and grown the next spring....just like nature intended.

Hi Jill and evryone else(good book on seeds)

I recently saw this book at my library, and it has a lot of good info about hybrid seeds and breeding. Take a look, I think you will enjoy it. Let me know if you do.


You guys should start experimenting for yourselves and see what really happens. It's a lot of fun!


Small family biz. I'm in NY too and ordered from them for the first time this year. Did a small order to try them out and everything went smooth. Got sugar pumpkin, a leaf lettuce and spainish onions. All doing fine.

this one is perfect

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
offer 1400 heirloom varieties, www.rareseeds.com . only sell open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural & non-GMO! Started in 1998 by Jere Gettle, as a means to preserve heirloom seeds. located in Mansfield, Mo. and now in Petaluma, Ca.


have bought from them for years. Fabulous germination rate.

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Thank you.

this is my first year with an

this is my first year with an organic, from scratch garden.

I ordered from rareseeds.com.

Excellent products so far. I just wish I statred them about 3 weeks earlier. Im dealing with too much heat right now but I can tell the the seeds are of good quality.

Their shipping is a little slow.

Hi there,

you may try Kings Seeds New Zealand. They have an awesome range of seeds, I use them myself, but have no idea about posting them over seas.
Rest assured, if it is good for you, the gubberment will stop it! power to you, and here is the link.http://www.kingsseeds.co.nz/shop.html