Open-pollinated, Non-GMO seeds for Cheap

IMG_6239While I have been waiting for the snow I shoveled into my cold frames to melt (!!!), I have been ordering seeds. A postcard promotion pack arrived in the mail a number of weeks ago. In sorting through it, I ran across a card advertising a seed seller, SeedsNow.com, that had no paper catalog, just a website. Since they were offering sample seeds for 99 cents per packet, I decided to go online and check out their offerings.

These seeds had the added attraction of being open pollinated (as well as non-GMO). This means that I can save the seed at the end of the season. I am trying to save more and more of my own vegetable and flower seeds each year. Besides being cheaper and more sustainable–whatever our cash flow situation at planting time, I can still put in a garden and produce food.

The website was easy to navigate, and I soon was filling my cart with sample packets of herb and vegetable seeds. Many were varieties I hadn’t tried yet. With my relatively compact gardening area, I don’t always need a lot of seed for most of the types of vegetables I grow.

The shipping rates were very reasonable as well. I ended up with 7 sample packets,IMG_6241 ranging from 130 seeds (golden celery) to 15 seeds (white cherry tomato), plus a free red cherry tomato planting kit, for under $9 including shipping.  My order also came with some promo codes for $5 off the next order of $30 or more.

Many other varieties were old-timers that I can still buy from Midwestern seed companies (such as Livingston–non-GMO and Olds–mostly non-GMO) for 19 cents or less a packet when they go on sale at our local farm stores and coop. I hadn’t realized that some of these varieties were open pollinated, so the site is a good resource for info on varieties that I already have in my seed stash from which I now know I can save seed!

Another thing I really liked about SeedsNow, aside from their getting my seeds to me in a timely fashion and their good communication via e-mail, was the how-to-grow videos that accompanied most of the seed descriptions. I picked up some great cultivation tips on plants I had been growing for years and good  instructions for the few I had never grown before.

Now that I have my grow lights all cleaned up and my seeds have arrived, I can start planting celery, onions, leeks, and hosta! Begonia

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