Seeds forum: How Much is Enough is Enough before It Becomes Too Much?

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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Mar 3, 2019 2:48 PM CST
Will someone (might take more than one) please keep me away from my computer keyboard before I order even more seeds for sowing this spring? I have already exceeded my self-imposed gardening budget - and not even time yet to visit local gardening outlets for live plants. The illustrations on the internet are so mind-boggling that it is really hard for me to resist giving each and everyone a try. So far have ordered from Eden Brothers, Swallowtail and Baker Creek and very pleased with all three with their fast and accurate shipping response of my orders - with no substitutes. Even received free packets of seeds from Eden Brothers and Baker Creek. Shipping fees from Eden Brothers and Swallowtail are very reasonable and this year Baker Creek offers free shipping on all U.S. continental orders. There's a few more items I really like to order but common sense (finally) prevails and time to stop!

Anyone else having similar problems?
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 3, 2019 4:18 PM CST
Ain't no stopping you now and I'm not gonna try Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I won't even begin to tell you what I've ordered and traded for this year... Whistling Whistling Whistling
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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Mar 3, 2019 6:23 PM CST
Hi Ronnie, I remember you from another thread or two a while back and glade to hear from you again. That's another thing I like so much about NGA - the friendly interchange between members.

I've only looked at the Plant and Seed Trading forum a few times, but haven't ventured into
trying to actually trade with someone. I don't have any plants to trade, but I'm sure that I will have an excess supply of seeds that someone might be interested in. First, though, I'll have to bone up on how long my seeds will be viable for future planting - especially for those newbies (for me) that turn out especially nice and that I will want to save for myself. Will try to find out the particulars of listing what one has to trade and what one wants in return. Will look at the Trading forum more often - might be able to pick up something that I hadn't thought of before. Oh, here we go again! Yes, I know I have an addiction, but one that's not as harmful as many other kinds of addictions. At least it hasn't killed me yet and I've had the affliction for quite a few years.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 3, 2019 8:10 PM CST
Don you might remember me from the morning glory seeds I sent you a few years ago. I still have plenty more if you would like some new ones.
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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Mar 3, 2019 9:19 PM CST
Ronnie - Of course, now I remember. I was really surprised and over-whelmed by the number and variety of morning glory seeds that you sent me. I have planted several of them in the limited space I have and all turned out beautifully. In fact I still have quite a few seeds left. I've been planting a few different ones each year. After I receive all my seed orders and see how many seeds I have left over I will get in touch with you to see if you're interested in any of them - glad to be able to repay you in a small way for your generosity. Gardening gives me so much pleasure, but don't have the energy to do as much as I would like. Mostly planting in containers which is easier for me now that I'm approaching the 90 year old mark. So glad to hear from you again.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll

daileyml
Mar 7, 2019 12:15 PM CST
DonfromPA said:Anyone else having similar problems?


I'm starting a backyard nursery this year and I've been ordering seeds & saplings like mad. I have about 12 flats sprouted and looking for more perennial seeds to try (just need it to warm up so I can move everything to the hightunnel I just built lol)

So, in short -- yes -- some of us are right there with you overdoing it! <grin>



Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Mar 7, 2019 1:33 PM CST
No, not a problem at... look a seed packet I don't have!

I thought I had a fresh packet of seeds about a month ago. I was wrong. I went on Baker Creek to order a packet, 12 packets later. And I'm ordering some more here at 4:00. I want some zinnias, some marigolds, and some red kale. and that's all.

I was able to place an order for ONE packet of seeds a couple weeks ago. But it came with a free packet!
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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Mar 7, 2019 2:11 PM CST
Talk about free packets! In addition to ordering more seeds than I can logically handle this spring, I've already received two freebie packets. With two more orders enroute to me now, I wonder if one or more free ones will accompany them. I still kick myself for not ordering a couple other items that really appealed to me but don't really want to pay any more shipping charges this year. However, I keep looking at these particular items online every other day or so and afraid that I might yet weaken. When it comes to flower seeds and plants, in particular, my will power needs to be given a booster shoot. My wife wonders why we're been receiving so many seed packets and I'm sort of hesitant to inform her that even more are coming.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Mar 7, 2019 2:16 PM CST
I laughed at your original post because, I actually asked someone in another thread to take my computer, tablet, phone away. You know there is always second sowing, mid summer replacement plants...

Baker Creek sent me 3 free packets in one order. Unfortunately the next order had a matching free seed packet. Let me know if you want some purple russian tomato seeds. LOLOLOLOLOL


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JHeirloomSeeds
Mar 7, 2019 2:30 PM CST
Winters where I live are at least 6 months long, and I spend a lot of that time drooling over pictures in seed catalogs. Hilarious! I'm finally getting to the point where I'm saving enough of my own seeds and just buying the few things I can't save, and new things I want to try. Sooo, I only ordered maybe 50 packets this year! nodding
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
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thommesM
Mar 7, 2019 2:33 PM CST
LOL. I might try to start saving seeds. Will have to learn how to do it. I saved some radish seeds last year. I really don't know which ones I can save that would be the same as the parent plant and which ones cross polinate and form something different. I think tomato plants cross pollinate with other varieties.
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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Mar 7, 2019 4:50 PM CST
One of the free packets I received from Baker Creek was Brunswick Cabbage - for which I have
no use. Be happy to send it the first person that contacts me.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Mar 7, 2019 4:55 PM CST
I placed two more orders. But I did well. Only got what I needed plus some stuff I didn't need.
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JHeirloomSeeds
Mar 7, 2019 5:29 PM CST
Select Seeds sent me a free packet of Dianthus that is hardy to zone 7...I'm in 4a! Hilarious!
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"Look around you - the clear sky, the pure air, the tender grass, the birds; nature is beautiful and sinless, and we, only we, are foolish and we don't understand that life is heaven, for we have only to understand that and it will at once be fulfilled in all its beauty, we shall embrace each other and weep."
~Dostoevsky
Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
Love of gardening grows on you!
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DonfromPA
Mar 8, 2019 9:37 AM CST
Life is becoming more difficult for me by the moment. Everytime I turn on my computer, which about is hourly since it's too cold outside to do much of anything else, to view the latest postings on several NGA forums, I find myself being bombarded by enticing pop-up pictures of various flowers - mostly those I had at the top, or nearly top, of my wish list but subsequently demoted to the "like to have if I have any money, space or energy left" category. Part of my problem lies in the fact that I like nearly all colors in plants although my preference are pastel shades and solid colors, as opposed to mixed. My top preference is for pastel colors in salmon, apricot, light orange and light yellow hues. Unfortunately I also rate red, white and blue as my second favorite color range I haven't planted asters in years, but the apricot ones sold by Eden Brothers as well its offering of asters in other colors and four o'clocks (red, white, yellow - separate colors) has me warming up my ordering pad - AGAIN! This old dog must learn to know "when enough is enough and too much is too much" but it's difficult for an old dog to learn new tricks.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Apr 2, 2019 10:47 AM CST
Don-
I may have a cheaper way to indulge your addiction. Check out the Seed Swaps here on Garden.org. Just click on "Tools & Apps" in the grey bar at the top of this page, then on "Seed Swaps" in the dropdown list. A new world awaits you. I join one each fall, it gives me something to do in the long dark winter. I mostly save seeds, which is a fun thing to do, some people only swap purchased seeds. After all, many seeds last more than one year and you usually do not need the whole packet. People list the source and age, so you know what you are getting. It's a bit of a learning curve for how to do it, but not terribly hard. I think they may have springtime swaps.

Maybe I am just an enabler. Probably I am just an enabler. I am just an enabler. But for about $15 (the cost of two small USPS boxes)I think I got 90 packet of seeds this year.

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