The one that has the variety you want and viable seed?
I ended up buying tomatoes seed from one outfit, beans from another,
peppers from a 3d, a squash from ebay, and a few seeds from the local
In the past I've done fine with what the garden center offered.
Your UK mileage might vary.
The questions posed in the other responses are good.
I will add that I have enjoyed the results from seeds I've purchased
http://www.prairiemoon.com/ (not sure if they have veggie seeds, but
excellent wildflower seed source)
Let me also introduce you to:
It's a fabulous resource for people who do mail order.
It's the one that sells what you want at prices you're willing to pay with
service you find pleasing.
As long as we're naming favorites, I've been pleased for many years with
"Thompson & Morgan", a U.K. breeder/seller with an efficient North American
distribution center. T&M has two separate web sites for U.K.-Europe and North
America, respectively. T&M is my _only_ source for "Delinel" filet beans because
they are really real "French" beans -- seeds grown in France and packed in U.K.
In U.S.A. many small-time operators on the web are reselling T&M seeds but one
must ask the direct question in order to find out. My current "favorite" for a
wide selection of "heirloom" and organic veggie varieties that interest me is
"Sustainable Seed Co.", suggested to me by another newsgroupie, and on the web
at <http://sustainableseedco.com/home.php .
My present "never-again" or "cold day in hell" list consists only of "Baker
Creek Heirloom Seeds", on the web at <http://rareseeds.com/ . I can't fault the
products but their customer service and certain of their business practices are
not my cup of tea; YMMV.
Nah, not going to get into it here. Perhaps "business practices" was not
the correct term. More a customer relations issue that left a bad taste in my
mouth but certainly nothing in the least dishonest or deceptive. I did not
intend to imply otherwise!
i'm not associated with them in any manner,
but i find it disheartening when people make
negative comments about a company in public
but then won't talk about why.
my e-mail address works if you want to say
something. i am always curious about what
experiences people have with on-line sites.
Good Lord; it's trivial but annoying and a pet peeve: Baker Creek punishes
first-time buyers with unbidden and unwanted mailings while providing no means
of opting out. Getting off their mailing list is a challenge which, so far, has
included telephone and email requests along with enduring a Gene Autry record --
subjecting callers to a Gene Autry record simply is abusive ;-) As it was
explained to me, their software harvests customers' names automagically and
cannot be overridden. I've even promised not to buy from them again, if they'll
just refrain from sending me their landfill. Email correspondence as recently as
11 May from the self-described "keeper of the list" informs that she has
"physically removed" my name from their "existing lists" (which I really
believed already to have been accomplished a year ago) and has "made a note in
our system to not mail you a catalog" but can make no guarantee. No mention of
"future lists". Yes, I know that very many people consider mail-order catalogs
to be entertaining reading and a valuable resource but I'm not among those. No,
I don't believe for a moment B.C. will specifically miss my piddling
contributions to their revenue.
i'm pretty much in the same boat you are.
we hate starting any new relationship with
any seller because they all assume we want
their junk mail. even when we tell them
that we don't want to get any, that we don't
want to be on their list it seems they'll
ignore the request and then sell it to
everyone they can.
every time i use the credit card with a
new company i shudder at what i might be
setting in motion.
95% of the junkmail we recieve never
makes it out of the post office. they've
set up a recycling bin there and in it
goes. the rest i bring home and shred
for the bins.
Exactly so. I don't like the presumption that just because I've placed a
small order, I want to be their friend.
I know what you mean but DW&I don't do that. Each of us has a small
checking account in a completely separate bank from savings and primary checking
accounts. We use the debit cards that are linked to those respective accounts
exclusively for online purchases, automatic subscription renewals, and the like
and transfer funds into it only when they're needed. Contrary to popular myth
"brand name" debit/check cards carry precisely the same guarantees (and some
offer the same cash-back deals) as their brand-name credit counterparts. I know
from experience that, in case of a disputed transaction, the funds are replaced
until it's resolved. At any rate, if someone wants to steal the card number and
get access to that account, he ain't gonna get much cash or screw up my credit.
It seems that it would be simple enough to establish a credit card account with
a sufficiently low limit to protect oneself from disaster and reserve it for
special purposes such as online purchases.
Ah, well. Now you know my pet peeve. Let's get back to gardening and let
this branch die, if you will.
That is as may be but avoiding unnecessarily dealing with institutional
wage slaves and insurance pukes is worth the minor hassle and far more to me
than the alledged $500 limitation of liability. YMMV
Never tried Johnny's. Baker Creek is honest and reliable with a good
selection but a couple of peculiarities in their system just rub me the wrong
way. ->Trivial<-, but too many other vendors sell exactly the same stuff for me
to deal with what are for me unnecessary irritants. Purely personal and
certainlly nothing worth a second thought from a satisfied customer.
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