Vegetable seed companies and advice for fall planting

passionvineSeptember 1, 2010

I have two questions about vegetable gardening in north Alabama. I just started a small raised bed garden this past spring with limited results. I would like to start a fall garden but I'm not sure when to plant what. I have searched online but most sites seems to be geared toward the northern states. I've also looked at the Alabama Extension Agency bulletin but even it is limited.

My next question is about seed companies - who would you recommend for garden seeds (or not recommend)?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

So you HAVE looked at the ACES vegetable planting guide? And the planting poster? You might even give your local office a call (before you make the trip) to see if they have any other pamphlets or handouts that might be useful for you.

I use Park's Seed, mostly because I have for many years and have never had reason to complain. Be SURE to go on line and send away for their catalog, at the very least. Seed catalogs can be filled with some very useful information. (I do my purchasing on line, but my wishful thinking is in my comfy chair away from the computer, lol)

If there are some vegetables or herbs not covered in the ACES bulletins, ask us here or in the Vegetable (Cornucopia) Forum for some details.

Another potentially good source might be a local Feed and Seed type place. They often have local favorite varieties and a FRESH supply of seasonal seed. Huntsville's C.T. Garvin Feed and Seed is a good example. They sell their veggie seed by the tiny scoop or by the 50 pound bag! They will have all of your fall garden seeds, though perhaps not the most exotic varieties.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 12:56PM
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Rhizo, thank you so much! Actually, I did locate a better planting guide on the extension site after I posted my question. I guess I was just not looking in the right place the first time.

I've ordered some seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds which someone directed me to. It has great reviews on Garden Watchdog.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 4:32PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Go ahead and get on the mailing list for some good catalogs, too. Truly, they can be very informational, educational and all that good stuff.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 9:58PM
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