An interesting seed company

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Ralphy

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An interesting seed company
« on: June 04, 2011, 14:47 »
one of my plot neighbours told me about these guys http://www.realseeds.co.uk/ they've put up loads of info on how to save seed and wotnot too. Well worth a browse!
is pottering about a vocation?

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011, 14:59 »
They are very well known already on this forum, Ralphy, a lot of our members use them.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2011, 15:08 by DD. »
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 15:05 »
should have guessed as much really!  :blush:

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011, 15:33 »
Most of the seeds I use come from Real Seeds.  Their germination rates are very good and they tend to be a lot cheaper than most commercial growers.  They have some unusual varieties too.

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 16:59 »
I'm always intrigued by their business model:

"Here are your seeds, and here are detailed instructions on how to save the seed yourself for future years so you will never need to buy from us again" :D

Clearly some folk don't bother, and some others try but are no good at it! (I'm in the first camp :) )

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 18:19 »
I keep buying seeds from them because they keep adding new varieties! They still get my money but I get something new every year because I have saved (most of) the previous crop's seed. Win win!

They are also great at providing seeds better suited to our climate than many from the 'major' seed companies. I also like the fact they preserve interesting heritage varieties and (because they are also growing to feed themselves) they only go for varieties with great flavour.

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2011, 19:30 »
Thanks Ralphy I have never seen them before will give them a try just my sort of thing  :)
some people are like slinkys......they're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face as you push them down the stairs!!

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2011, 20:05 »
I'm getting dead excited about next spring! so many nice things to try!
  I'd just decided to do something similar with habanero seeds i'd saved from a couple of chillis my long-suffering girlfriend brought back from a work trip to Trinidad, i've planted loads of them and got a 100% germination rate, which is better than most comercial seeds i've tried, so i figured if i saved the seeds of the plants that did best here, then after a few generations i'd have chillis adapted to Scotland.
they're still only an inch high though, ah well i can dream... at least now i know someones already done the leg-work if they all decide the weather here is too misrable

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2011, 20:11 »
It's sad that the minimum order is 8 though  :(
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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2011, 20:37 »
Totally agree MOS. So far I have done 1 seed order per year, but probably not too long before I reach the stage where there are only a few things I want and it isn't worth it.

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2011, 21:04 »
Yes, that put me off them a bit too. There are some seeds on their site that I'd have liked to try because they look interesting, but a lot of the seeds I wanted they didn't have so I couldn't place my main order with them. And with a minimum order of 8 plus P&P charges on top, it makes it too expensive to just buy one or two sorts of seed.

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Re: An interesting seed company
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2011, 22:52 »
Unless you have a mate nearby you can bulk-up and order with ?



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