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MoreWhisky

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Best/cheap seed company
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:56 »
I always buy all my seeds for next year tonight  :lol: i actually enjoy doing this on new years eve.

I used to buy them all from Alan Romans but now thats gone does anyone know of a simliar place? i dont want fancy packets or prices.

Thanks and happy new year!



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« Last Edit: January 16, 2014, 08:56 by JayG »
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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 13:01 »
premier seeds direct on ebay nearly all their seeds are 99p and i have found germination rates to be excellent and they have a large selection.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 13:04 »
If buying in bulk, it's very, very hard to beat Moles Seeds prices.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 13:15 »
I agree that choosing your seeds is a very pleasurable thing to do on New Year's Eve. Nice.

I don't know about you but I try to make my gardening experience a bit novel every year so buying cheap is not a priority. I've recently started to get into heritage varieties, particularly ones that are getting scarce so I tend to go to sites like Real Seeds and Elfskin's Edibles. They don't have fancy packages or outlandish prices but do some unusual varieties that will make your gardening a bit more interesting.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 19:46 »
Do you have an allotment association that you can order through?  Many of the associations in York do have discounts e.g. we order through Mr Fothergills at a discount of 30% for most seeds and have loose seeds for peas and beans.

I believe Mr Browns used to be good for cheap plain packets too, but DD always recommends Moles seeds as a good price.  You might also want to check out Kings seeds too - can't remember what their prices are like.

Failing that, Wilkinsons always have a range of common seeds at very cheap prices - but you won't get them tonight!!

It depends in part on how unusual you want your varieties to be?
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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 22:34 »
I agree, choosing seeds around New Year is something to look forward to. In fact, boring it may be, but the New Year's party and celebrations are far over-shadowed by the evening spent ordering the new years seeds!

The problem I always face is postage costs versus buying the exact varieties I want. I split it two ways, the day to day seeds and those that are a bit different. I have two firm favourites which between them satisfy 95% of my needs and thus keep postage costs down.

For day to day stuff I prefer Nicky's Nursery. Their prices are excellent and over five years or so, germination rates have never let me down. For something different I go for Victoriana Nurseries, not only do they specialise in heritages seeds and plants but their prices for every day seeds are hard to beat. I appreciate their ethics of sticking to tried and tested varieties.

Whatever your seed sources are I wish you all a very happy new year and great gardening in 2014.

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MoreWhisky

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 23:45 »
Well they are all ordered  :D

I used http://www.midlandseedcompany.co.uk/ for the majority and picked up a few others that werent on there
from other places.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 04:12 »
Midland seeds' service was bad for me.

I waited 2 weeks, no seeds arrived.  I e-mailed to ask if my seeds have been sent out, the guy said yes they been sent out and will send them again please wait up to 7 days (the company is only located about 15miles from me, but wait 7 days? lol) 

I waited 7 days, still no seeds, he said will send them again please wait another 7 days.  Those 7 days passed and still no seeds, so I asked for a refund, he said ok i will refund. 

I asked 3 more times for a refund and never got one and they stopped replying to emails.  I would avoid them totally.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2014, 04:14 by GrowinGrowinGone »
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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2014, 09:15 »
Our garden club receive a 50% discount from T&M but i still get mine from Premier seed's because they are still cheaper.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2014, 09:21 »
Well they are all ordered  :D

I used http://www.midlandseedcompany.co.uk/ for the majority and picked up a few others that werent on there
from other places.


I had a terrible experience too,  my seeds never arrived either he sent three times in the end apparently.  ::)

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2014, 11:25 »
Our garden club receive a 50% discount from T&M but i still get mine from Premier seed's because they are still cheaper.

15 mile away they would have had a visit if it was me.

DT brown do free postage on seeds.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2014, 15:41 »
I've often used DT Brown, free postage, labels and a packet of trial seeds. Always delivered, excellent germination and quite a wide selection. I think they are owned by one of the other companies, not sure which.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2014, 15:45 »
Wish I could get premier seeds here but they'll ship only flower seeds not veg seeds to North America   :(

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2014, 15:47 »
Wish I could get premier seeds here but they'll ship only flower seeds not veg seeds to North America   :(

Thats a shame. I was very impressed with them last year. Will order again from them.

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Re: Bets/cheap seed company
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2014, 21:42 »
OH no  :( !!!
Im worried about midland seeds now i have seen these negative replys about them. Anybody got any good feedback about them now that i have parted with my cash??? lucky i paid with pay pal.



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