Where do you buy your seeds from?
Kitazawa Seeds (anything Japanese) from CA.
Rare Seeds -an amazing web site. Also a great community board. If you have a question, someone will answer thoughtfully and quickly.
Southern Seed Exchange - Good luck so far with their heirloom beans and best of all, they breed for the summers here in the South.
I live in Canada. here are my favourite sources.
1. McFayden Seed Company: www.mcfayden.com
If you phone now you can get their fall catalogue. A great company.
2. In Toronto, I buy my special vegetable seeds from "Urban Harvest Garden Alternatives".
59 Elm Grove Avenue (Dufferin & Queen
I usually get their special heritage & organic seeds and also plants at the Farmer's Markets at Riverdale (Tuesdays) or Dufferin Grove (Thursdays).
I have also had good luck with McKenzie Seeds for simple veggies like raddishes.
But I bought about 4 packages from Sheridan Nurseries and half the seeds were bad. Then I noticed the McKenzie Seeds at Canadian Tire had expiry dates on them. So I suspect the Sheridan Nursery seeds had expired.
There are other brands of seeds available in Toronto or by mail across Canada, but I find these three companies to be the best.
Seed Savers Exchange: http://www.seedsavers.org/Items.aspx?...
I love their mission, to help people appreciate and preserve heirloom seeds, and the varieties are fantastic.
Baker Creek (aka Rare Seeds): http://rareseeds.com/seeds/
These people are just amazing! Love the varieties, love the philosophy. I tried the Golden Honeymoon melon last year -- OMG!! So many great seeds.
Nichols Nursery: http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/s...
Nichols was my introduction, years ago, to many and varied herb and vegetable seeds. Still family run by Rose Marie Nichols McGee.
I still buy some things from Seeds of Change, although I'm dismayed at how many hybrid seeds they offer these days. http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_c...
I have an old loyalty to Park Seeds (a modern seed company, though still family run last I checked): http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/GP/...
I get some great Italian (Franchi Sementi) seeds from Grow Italian. If you're a chicory/endive/escarole fan, be sure to check them out! http://growitalian.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi
Finally, I'm a fan of Frank Morton, both his seeds and philosophies. Great stuff at Wild Garden Seed: http://www.wildgardenseed.com/
Wood Prairie in Bridgewater, ME for organic seed taters and some other seeds - radish, carrot, kale, chard, broccoli, beets, lettuce mix.
The remainder from John Scheepers kitchen garden seeds in Bantam, CT - sweet potato slips, additional beets, kale, chard, arugula, cabbage. Our first year with him, but so far so good.
If you like kale, see if you can buy some of their Black Kale, aka Tuscan Kale or Cavalo Nero for autumn planting. It is different from the gray-green curly kale most of us know and quite delicious.
I also recommend the Rounde de Nice zucchini and their tomato selection is not-to-be-topped. I've gotten melon seeds, Galia especially, that produce melons that dreams are made of.
Love this seed source, too - I kwym about the name confusion - they should just pick one, already, and stick with it! Primarily, Italian & French seeds, some organic or untreated. Last year was the second year I've ordered from them, and I plan to again this year. Although this year's order will be much smaller, since I have so many leftover seeds. I really liked the Pinetree format (smaller packets, fewer seeds, smaller price).