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Best Place to get Heirloom seeds?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by manakiah, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Looking for a good place to buy Heirloom seeds? Any suggestions. Thanks Jason
     
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    tbtravis SW WA Member

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    You can get heirloom seeds and hybrids that are well suited to our Maritime climate at Territorial seeds. If you are a tomato lover, I recommend Cherokee Purple tomatoes, they look a little gnarly with a green shoulder, but the flavor and texture is the best ever for a tomato. Yield is skimpy.
    Also try Matt's Wild Cherry for the most amazing old fashioned tomato flavor in a really tiny tomato.

    All the best,
    Tom
     
  3. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    I suggest taking a "trial and error" approach with heirloom seeds (or non-heirloom for that matter). Try different varieties from different sources and see which ones produce the best, taste the best, etc. I've used the following (with good results):

    Seeds of Change Homepage
    Diane's Flower Seeds: Heirloom Flower Seeds
    Territorial Seed - Vegetable Seed, Flower Seed, and Herb Seed at Territorial Seed Company

    Diane's says "flower seeds," but they also have heirloom vegetable seeds (lots of tomato seeds).
     
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    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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  5. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    I was also wanting to save the Heirloom seeds for SHTF options. How long will most seeds last??
     
  6. SavageGerbil

    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

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    kerbyj on here deals in heirloom seeds, he'd be a good guy to hit up for deals or advice
     
  7. dogstar

    dogstar Oregon Member

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    Baker Creek Heirloom seeds out of Missouri Hands down!!!

    All that they have is rare Heirlooms at amazing prices

    I have ordered from them for 5 years great results
     
  8. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    These may not be the varieties I would normally grow (some are), but I am pretty surprised to see Costco selling storage seeds. The price is really good, and it sounds like they are packed well. Interesting. I might just buy one each year they are available and tuck it away (in addition to what I normally plant).

    Costco - Food For Health? Emergency Garden Seeds
     
  9. Jeppi

    Jeppi Bellingham New Member

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    I think it depends on the seed and variety, I think the best is air tight containers in a cool place, I bought a book called "Seed to Seed" by Suzanne Ashworth, has all the info on saving seeds. You might also try your health food market for seeds, many of them carry organic non GMO and Heirloom seeds from local growers
     
  10. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Has anyone heard of Everlasting seed company?
     
  11. ernurse

    ernurse molalla oregon Active Member

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    got mine this year from "Bountiful Garden" there out of willets northern Cali and great service, 100% germination rate, and they even called this summer to check on how certain types were doing and asked for input. other than them I use Territorial Seeds:thumbup:
     
  12. Bunny

    Bunny Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know a good place to buy a variety of locally grown heirloom seeds in Oregon, without having to order and pay shipping? In or around the Portland area?
     
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    MrB+ Portland area Member

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    Territorial had a booth at one of the garden shows earlier this year. Didn't have to pay shipping, but admission instead. (We were going anyway, so the admission wasn't *extra*.)

    MrB+
     
  14. tbtravis

    tbtravis SW WA Member

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    Portland Nursery has a very good selection of seeds. There are two locations, one on Stark and one on Division and 92nd. I don't know how many of the seeds are locally produced.
    There is an ad on craigslist that claims to have heritage seeds acclimated to our area.
    Hopefully we will have a better year for tomatoes than the last one.
    Good luck,
    Tom
     
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    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Seeds can last 3-5 years on average. I tend to plant what I'm putting away and harvest a new crop of seeds each season, rotating the oldest out as I have new 'stock'. Remember that only 80% of seeds will sprout in the first place so keep 2-5 times the amount you've slated as your minimum.
     
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    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Another Vote for Territorial Seed Co. They are local and have been around forever. If you are interested it is well worth your time to order a free catalog from them. High quality seeds and great/knowledgeable people to deal with.
     
  17. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I do the very same. Some of my seed varieties have been in the family for a long time.
     
  18. ArmedAmish

    ArmedAmish Sherwood, OR Member

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    I second that - Territorial has really good stuff for around here.

    Bryce
     
  19. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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    There is also Seed Savers Exchange. If you become a member, you'll get a copy of the yearbook which contains literally thousands of seed offerings from other members in addition to what is on sale from the site itself.
     
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    Bunny Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Good idea on planting a few things to attract/deter wildlife from your own crops. Never thought of that. I planted snap peas one year and the deer went crazy over them and went out of their way to hop in the yard and get them.