Posts tagged "Seed Sources"

Help Save America's Oldest Seed Company

I’ve written here about the D. Landreth Seed Company and their African-American heritage seed line before and I’ve recommended shopping at their booth at the Chicago Flower & garden Show the past two years, in particular if you were interested in growing heirloom potatoes. Moments ago while visiting the company’s Facebook page I came across... Read more »

Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show

Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show
If you’re going to the final weekend of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show there are a lot of seeds you can buy from the Landreth Seeds booth, but there are also some free seeds available. The Smith & Hawken display has these paper garden stakes with basil seeds embedded. You simply insert the paper... Read more »

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?
George Ball Jr. Photo courtesy of Burpee Seed Company Soon after the holiday season officially ended I started to receive a lot of questions about seed buying, seed catalogs and seed sources. The questions came through email, on Facebook and through Twitter. The number of questions wasn’t what was surprising, what struck me was the number of... Read more »
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Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs

Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs
At last year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show I watched as a customer at the D. Landreth Seed Company booth say “You’re women owned, that’s great!” before giving Barbara Melera, owner of the D. Landreth Seed Company, the thumbs up and walking away with her seed purchase. The exchange surprised me, but it really shouldn’t... Read more »

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays
Lurie Garden Seed Swap February 12, 2011.  1st floor Garland Room Chicago Cultural Center Get ready for spring as you share seeds and information with fellow gardeners. Led by Lurie Garden staff who will be on hand to provide seeds and tips for planting and germination. 10AM-NOON. Free, pre-register by calling Lurie Garden office at... Read more »

Where to buy Cheap Garden Seeds.

If you’re looking to start your first garden or just expand what you currently grow trying the less expensive brands of seeds is a good way to start. One vegetable or flower seed pack is enough for gardeners with small spaces who just want to experiment. Yesterday I stopped by Walgreens and spotted the American... Read more »
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Chicago Flower and Garden Show: Marketplace

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year is filled with inspiration for gardeners who like themed gardens, but it also hold some special shopping opportunities for us urban gardeners and people who garden in small spaces and lovers of unusual plants.  The D. Landreth Seed Company: creators the African-American Heritage Collection of vegetable garden seeds has a large... Read more »

Where to buy Seeds for your Vegetable or Ornamental Garden in Chicago

Starting a garden from seed is the most inexpensive way to get started in gardening. Whether you want to start an ornamental garden or a vegetable garden to grow some of your own food, nothing beats growing from seed. Chicago’s garden centers carry an assortment of seeds from some of the most popular seed catalogs... Read more »

White House Veggie Garden Inspires African American Gardeners, Seed Company Hopes to do Same.

Beyond the Obama head planter and the Chia Obama, the First Family has created an interest in gardening among many, but among African Americans in particular. “We had a lot more gardeners last year,” said Dr. Shemuel Israel, President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee on Chicago’s West Side. He credits the recession and First... Read more »
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The Boycotting of Monsanto-Seminis Seeds

Like Santa, you should check recommended seed seller lists, twice.  The seed starting season is just over the horizon and it looks like the popularity of  vegetable gardening, due to the recession, will continue for the foreseeable future. This is good news for seed companies and companies that cater to gardeners. You know who this is bad... Read more »