My top 3 recommendations for ordering garden seed.
Dopey name, great company. Very extensive selection, low prices.
PO box 520 Quality
control seems good. Seed ordering deadline for mail and
Waterville, ME 04903
fax orders is 3/20. They farm and raise seed in the summer.
online order deadline is 8/31. Not too speedy in getting orders out.
Dependable varietal descriptions.
The larger of these two excelent seed companies out of little.
955 Benton Avenue
Waterville/Winslow, Maine. Superior quality control. Dependable
Winslow, ME 04901-2601
varietal descriptions. First rate catalogue with good true- color
fax: 1-800-738-6314 photographs.
Growing information. Quick order turnaround.
Carry organic seeds of Seeds of Change, Tomatofest, in addition to
PO box 2209 (mail)
their own: the richest source of organically produced seed I know of.
125 Clysdale Court They
also carry Renee's Garden Seeds plus a large selection of
Grass Valley, CA 95945
tools, natural fertilizers and pesticides, and insect beneficials,
plus greenhouse supplies and gardening books. A trip to their Grass
phone: 888-784-1722 Valley
retail store is worth doing.
Northern Star Mills
Also carry reasonably priced organic gardening products.
Fruit trees, bedding plants. Beautiful nursery. If you have never
there, I recommend you go. Knowledgeable staff.
Chico Saturday Farmers Market.
Best source for heirloom tomato plants.
Some of my favorite varieties:
Cherokee Purple, Orange Russian 117, Brandywine, German Golden Giant, Copia.
Park's Whopper: heavy yields, dependable, multiople disease resistance.
peppers: frying and salads- golden
marconi, red marconi.
Chocolate, California wonder
carrots: nantes. Seed in August and September
radish: German Giant:
not in the heat.
sweet corn: Luscious (early) Brocade (main crop) available in organic from Harris Seeds.
Most melons love our climate. go nuts!
watermelon: Sangria (large), Mickee Lee (small.)
Premium Crop. First hybrid and still the best.
cabbage: Early Jersey Wakefield. Can be grown in spring.
Heirloom, tender and delicious.
Melissa Savoy: Late summer planting for winter use.
cauliflower: Snow Crown Easiest to grow. Do
no seed before August 1.
beans: Red Noodle Very early and heavy bearer of 20" pods. Vines to 12' tall.
Kentucky Wonder. Should be in every garden
lettuce: spring and fall: New Redfire,Red Saladbowl, Olga ,
summer squash:Lioness (yellow straightneck): high quality, Spineless Beauty (zucchini) easy to
cucumber Sweeter Yet(Japanese) easy to grow, early, non bitter, tender skin.
Confection, Buttercup, Delica.
kale: Dinosaur, Red Russian. Do grow kale! It's so good for you.
Seed about 8/1
eggplant: Machiaw (for frying or barbeque), Classic (parmigiana)