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ISO Organic/Heirloom Seedlings!

Dommy Apr 1, 2009 07:47 PM

I know this is stretching it in terms of being on topic, but I'm so excited I could burst. We installed a container garden today at work and have about half a container to fill with my own choice of veggies!! Now, I just have to find them this weekend! So any recs of places where I can get a good selection of organic and/or heirloom seedlings would be appreciated

And here's how our garden is already shaping up!! We got Squash, Bell Peppers, Various Lettuces, Raddichio and Tomatoes...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

Thanks!

--Dommy!

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    deliciouscoma Apr 1, 2009 09:53 PM

    You should definitely check out one of the Tomatomania events if you want to plant some heirloom tomato varieties. I visited their booth at the LA Garden Show last year and took home a Sunsugar and Black Krim. Both produced amazing tomatoes all summer!

    http://tomatomania.com/

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      bulavinaka Apr 1, 2009 09:33 PM

      I just saw your container garden - the nice sunny location and the planting mix looks perfect. Basil is supposed to suppress some of the bad bugs from tomatoes - I've had mixed results. Marina Gardens usually has a good selection of herbs. You can try planting some basil at the base of your tomatoes to hopefully give you some tasty protection.

      Given the location, you should enjoy snail-free gardening as long as no eggs/hatchlings were in the planting mix or on the seedlings. Keep an eye on your peppers as well. Lots of pesty bugs love them. Good luck!

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        baloney Apr 1, 2009 09:29 PM

        Agree with bulavinaka, farmers markets seem to be your best bet. I've gotten a few things from the saturday Torrance guy(alpine strawberries, brandywine, lettuces, herbs). All good so far! Especially the strawberries, really excited that they are flowering.

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          bulavinaka Apr 1, 2009 08:57 PM

          Off the top of my head, two places come to mind. Some of the stands at the SM farmers market (wed and sat) on Arizona usually have a lot of heirloom seedlings and I think organic as well. The African-American gentleman who sets up around 3rd Street usually has some very interesting stuff. He is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I think he was featured on "Good Food" or the SM farmers market segment a couple of months ago.

          Marina Gardens on Mindanao between the 90 freeway normally has tons of good seedlings. I haven't been in a while but they have always been my first choice for seedlings like tomatoes, peppers, cucs and herbs.

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