Vegetables and Fruit forum: Perennial veggies and berry plants: where to purchase?

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 17, 2014 9:12 AM CST
This year I'm taking the plunge, and going all out with edibles. While I'm well familiar with great sources for anything that blooms, the best sources for culinary plants is outside my field of knowledge, so I'm looking to you expert food growers for guidance.

I want to get Asparagus and Rhubarb started this year, as well as a Strawberry patch. Also looking for some Raspberry plants. What sources would you recommend as your favorites?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: David Reaves
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Vegetable Grower Region: Texas Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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david_reaves
Feb 17, 2014 11:28 AM CST
Your best bet would be a local nursery that has plants proven for your area. With that said, I have had good luck with Stark Brothers and Gurney's. Web addresses:

Stark: http://www.starkbros.com/

Gurney's: http://www.gurneys.com/

David

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Patti1957
Feb 17, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Check out Raintree Nursery... http://www.raintreenursery.com/home.php


Name: Tim Hoover
Elysian FIelds, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Seller of Garden Stuff Beekeeper Ponds
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TimHoover
Feb 24, 2014 7:08 PM CST
I would highly recommend Simmons Plant Farm; they are located in Arkansas. The prices are way-way better on most things. I have ordered from them for years- both for my farm (I have a pick your own berry farm) and the garden center I work for. Quality is always top-notch. They grow their own as opposed to most mail order catalog places such as Gurneys. I have never been disappointed from these folks. simmonsplantfarm.com or 479-369-2345
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Feb 25, 2014 7:01 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions! The selection locally isn't great, mostly just national chain box stores that don't necessarily carry product that grows well here. I've been checking out customer reviews of the above mentioned nurseries, Simmons and Raintree have a lot of good feedback, Stark brothers has mixed reviews, but Gurney's had more negatives than positives. However, many of those leaving feedback said they had been very pleased with Gurney's in years past- makes me think they've been bought out by one of the bigger companies (it said they're affiliated with Gardens Alive).
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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