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Oct 15, 2021 3:13 PM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
Hi, does anyone know a website where you can buy seeds for plants, preferably with free shipping? I want to buy winter squash seeds so I can begin growing them to transfer them into the garden during winter, but there are no seeds for them at my local store.
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Oct 15, 2021 4:23 PM CST
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Amazon Prime.
I order all of my seeds in early February so I can start them around March 1st. I can't put out much of anything until mid to late April.

Shipment is quick, no sales tax and things grow great!
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Oct 15, 2021 4:57 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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BigBill said:Amazon Prime.
Shipment is quick, no sales tax and things grow great!


I don't know about that. For $120 a year, you could ship a lot of seeds to yourself and my Amazon Prime orders always include sales tax. Whistling

My favorite Online seed companies are Territorial, Totally Tomato and Kitazawa. I usually order enough seed for 2 years to get around the shipping. But you shouldn't be starting your seeds until March or April anyway. By then, the stores will have seed.
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Oct 15, 2021 5:10 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Nate you do not plant winter squash IN the winter..
Plant it and they will come.
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Oct 15, 2021 5:11 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I like Baker Creek, I think packet prices always include free shipping. I grew one butternut plant this year and picked about 20 pounds of fruit.
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Oct 15, 2021 5:59 PM CST
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I order quite a bit of stuff on Amazon that the yearly fee is negligible. It is over 60% lower then the number posted.
By the time you add up all of the individual things ordered and the shipping I save, I am way ahead of the game.
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Oct 15, 2021 6:51 PM CST
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Nate4Garden said:Hi, does anyone know a website where you can buy seeds for plants, preferably with free shipping? I want to buy winter squash seeds so I can begin growing them to transfer them into the garden during winter, but there are no seeds for them at my local store.


Nate, there are many online sites for buying seeds; but, unless I am misunderstanding your post, you are planning to put your winter squash plants out in the winter? Winter squash needs to be planted in the spring, harvested in the fall, and will "keep" throughout the winter. Wait until late winter/early spring and you will easily be able to find seeds locally.
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Oct 15, 2021 7:00 PM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
My local places only carry very common seeds like zuchini other types of squash besides summer aren't carried. From what I looked into with winter squash is they can be transplanted in the winter, so I'll be getting them in by late fall. Hence the name winter squash lol. Seeds are cheap so though I would germinate them and give it a go
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Oct 15, 2021 7:01 PM CST
Anoka County, Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Usually I save my own squash seeds. Never had a problem. Plentiful and cheap if the deer cause trouble. Otherwise I mostly use non profit Seed Savers which have a great collection of heirloom types. Burpee is my next choice. Love the buttercup Bonbon - sweet and rich. I am jealous of you planting at this time of year. Getting cold up here. Have fun!
BTW - What type are you looking for? I could maybe send you some of mine. I have butternut, buttercup, acorn and pie pumpkin. Have about 300 more seeds than what I need.
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Oct 15, 2021 7:08 PM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
Good suggestions. Yeah I'm lucky it's nice and toasty here in nj, still can wear shorts in October. So the colder plants can handle the winters.
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Oct 15, 2021 7:13 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Nate4Garden said:My local places only carry very common seeds like zuchini other types of squash besides summer aren't carried. From what I looked into with winter squash is they can be transplanted in the winter, so I'll be getting them in by late fall. Hence the name winter squash lol. Seeds are cheap so though I would germinate them and give it a go


Unless New Jersey is suddenly in the tropics, no they will freeze if the temperatures drop below freezing for more than an hour or so. I'm not sure where you are reading this but maybe you need to find some more reliable sites. Here are two to get you started:

https://extension.umn.edu/vege...

http://www.gardening.cornell.e...
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Oct 15, 2021 7:24 PM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
Ah how sad looks like google was a little mis informed. Well I guess it's a good time to get good at germinating seeds. Maybe I'll try to grow a summer squash at the speed of light before first frost 😭
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Oct 15, 2021 8:25 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Nate, Nate, nate... Smiling
Go to one of the links Daisy posted and wrap your head around this .. Squash does not grow in Jersey in winter. No kind of squash. Not even enough time now before winter for it.
Plant it and they will come.
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Oct 16, 2021 8:39 PM CST
Anoka County, Minnesota (Zone 4a)
I don't know what type of set up you have arranged Nate. If you keep the plants warm enough you may be short on natural light depending on how far the earth has tipped. Cold frames can extend growing periods as long as there is enough sunlight. Usually January is a month where growth cannot occur. I have noticed that vines like to grow quickly (several feet) to create vigor after which they will flower and fruit. Part of the fun of gardening is trying new things, experimenting. Sounds like fun. Keep us posted as to how it all works out.
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Oct 17, 2021 7:53 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Hey Nate, look for garlic at the garden center, you can plant that now. If that appeals to you. You might try late nursery plants of cabbage and related crops, too.
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Oct 21, 2021 1:08 PM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
sallyg said:Hey Nate, look for garlic at the garden center, you can plant that now. If that appeals to you. You might try late nursery plants of cabbage and related crops, too.


I have sowed the zucchini, I don't know if they'll make fruit before they die but right now they are happy and that's what matters. New jersey although cold gets a lot of light in winter. Well I'll see how long they survive
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Oct 21, 2021 1:37 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Until the first frost.
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Oct 22, 2021 4:22 AM CST
Mullica Hill, NJ, Eastern.
Yeah I checked it shouldn't be until late December so it's just a matter of time now, there maturing fast so there's hope but who knows
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Oct 23, 2021 8:32 AM CST
Elkridge, MD
Burpee if you want quality seed but prices are higher than most . Get on their mailing list for sales.
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Oct 23, 2021 10:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Plant it and they will come.

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