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3/10/14 9:36 A

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Thanks for the link.I didn't realize Monsanto "owns" Early girl and Marketmore 76, nor that Burpee sells some Monsanto seed. I buy from a variety of seed companies: Uprising Seed, Bountiful Gardens, Horizon Herbs, Nichols , but I do some impulse seed shopping from time to time as well, and I have a couple Burpee and Ed Hume seed packets. I'll know to check things out more carefully next season.

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3/10/14 12:59 A

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Thank you for the link to the article. I agree that we need to avoid supporting Monsanto. It's a shame that they now own the copyright to some of the names of heirloom varieties that I've grown before (marketmore76 cucumber, charleston gray watermelon, Celebrity tomato, Black Beauty eggplant, Blue Lake green beans among them). Will definitely do my best to avoid buying from any companies they have a stake in or any seeds that belong to them either.

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3/8/14 12:53 P

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Buying organic seeds without supporting Monsanto (they're in the "organic" and "heirloom" market now).

www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-
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ur-steps-required-to-keep-monsanto-oR>ut-of-your-garden/


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3/2/14 3:10 A

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Gonna significantly expand my shell beans planting this year. i'm hoping for more foods that will last me into the winter than just sundried tomatoes and hard squash.

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2/17/14 2:11 A

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The catalogs are great, but I've been able to find what I need locally the last few years. It saves me time and shipping costs, especially for a small garden.

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2/16/14 7:26 P

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I love the Seeds of Change site. Each year I like to try something new in our garden Hubby always growls when I start talking garden as he has to plow and help me plant, but he loves to harvest and eat

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2/15/14 10:17 A

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I'm so tired of the snow and cold...I bought some supplies already...My son is always talking about heirloom seeds, so, after last years disaster, I thought i'd give it a try this year...
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Seeds of Change packedt from Lowes
I ordered from Seed Savers Exchange and Patriot Supply
Here's a site I found on Pintrest...a list of seed companies that are non gmo, organic

Off Grid Info - Food Independence - Where To Get Heirloom Seeds - Non-GMO Seeds - Organic Seeds



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2/13/14 4:04 P

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A couple more I'd add, and I too have a preference for heirloom varieties...

Tomato Growers Supply
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Vermont Bean Seed

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2/4/14 6:50 P

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Good info everyone & will use it. emoticon Thanks!

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Timely conversation--thanks everyone for the input!

Heirloom varieties would definitely be NON-gmo. It's time to get ready to start some seeds.

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Regarding GMO - except for corn and maybe zucchini and yellow squash (which I didn't realize was on the list), you probably wouldn't plant GMO crops like wheat or soy etc..
Here's a link for what GMO actually is and the crops affected:

www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/wha
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1/22/14 12:22 A

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As to non-GMO seeds, I assume (hopefully not incorrectly) that heirloom seeds are GMO. After all, they are not hybrids of any kind but are varieties that have been around for a long time, long before GMO was possible. In my mind, GMO seeds can't be considered heirloom varieties. I'm hoping the seed companies think the same way.
And personally, I believe they taste better. They may not be as disease resistant as hybrids, or have as smooth a skin or uniform size (especially regarding tomatoes), but you can't beat the flavor and you are able to save the seeds from year to year as well instead of having to always buy them.


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@ Birgit - If you send me a PM with your e-mail we will send you a materials list and directions to build a mini-green house. DH is in construction and is willing to advise you. No charge. emoticon It would take too much space here to list everything out.

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I order from the ones already mentioned but I also like Territorial Seed Company because they have such excellent info for each family of vegetables such as:
"culture, preparing and maintaining the bed if it's something like asparagus, insects, pests, diseases and harvest." They also have a good selection of organic seed and heirlooms and I always had a good germination rate with their seed. I mainly like them because they are one of the few companies who carry my one of my favorite tomatoes Ananas Noire .


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1/21/14 10:30 A

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co - www.rareseeds.com/
Great catalog, lots of varieties, great pictures and recipes.

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1/20/14 11:54 P

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Not far from Pullman.
My hope is to eventually put up a mini-greenhouse. I tried once with too thin PVC pipe and then realized it needed to be much stronger. What materials are you planning on using?
Birgit

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Thanks Birgit. Where in Eastern WA do you live to have frost in July or August? Up around Spokane? I live in Bremerton, on the Peninsula directly across from Seattle via the Puget Sound. We still have frost sometimes into early June and then it starts again in early September. With a whole lot of luck, starting out seeds in the house and transplanting them, we can grow tomatoes and bell peppers. DH is planning a mini greenhouse, 8x16, for us in the backyard that has lots of sun exposure. I am hoping...

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Ruth,
you are still better off than we are in Eastern WA where we have a frost in July or August about every 5 years, LOL.
I think you should be ok for planting frosthardy things like kale, radishes, lettuce, arugala etc. as early as early March.
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Thanks for the Seeds of Change link. I just checked it out and they specify being non-GMO and certified organic. I just hope they have seeds that are for areas with a short growing season. Some years we still have frost in late May/early June. It is nice and green here in western WA but it stinks for having veggie gardens without a greenhouse.

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One for Asian seeds! emoticon

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1/20/14 2:54 P

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For Asian seeds: www.kitazawaseed.com

For organic seeds: www.seedsofchange.com and www.seedsavers.org



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As a rule of thumb, if you go organic, it is non-GMO.

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I am wondering which companies are non-GMO. Does anyone know?

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keeping this tab open to write down the list. Can't wait to get started. Going to clean my backyard today and get it ready. California weather has no rain in sight so not sure how this year is going to play out.

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Great topic, I'm hoping to learn a lot.
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I thought it would be good to share which seed catalogs we like to order from, and/or which ones we get.
One I order from all the time is "Totally Tomatoes". They have hundreds of heirloom varieties of tomatoes, from all over the globe and ones that are suited to cool weather climates as well as ones that will do well in extreme hot weather. They also have lots of pepper varieties, more than any other catalog I've gotten, as well as now introducing some other veggies - though not too many.
I also get the "Vermont Bean Seed Company" catalog, which I believe is from the same company, but deals with other vegetables than tomatoes and peppers. I have not ordered from them before, but will be considering it this year.
"Henry Fields" is another catalog that I've used in the past and have always been pleased with them.

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