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tomtirediron
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:22 am    Post subject: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Ever notice how things arrive at the funniest times? Both wood and the catalog the same darned day. Happened to be Dec 21st. I've got pretty good guess as to what's getting handled first!
Anyone had decent luck with Gurneys products?
Ordered 2 years and seeds didn't seem any better then NK from wally world or Fleet Farm.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just asked the wife, who handles all that. She ordered from Gurneys once. Many seeds were broken. Virtually nothing grew. They did refund her money promptly.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Last time I ordered from Gurneys they waited till late may to tell me that my stuff was not going to ship. Ordered it sometime in april. It was too late to get stuff from elsewhere. Won't consider ordering from them again after that fiasco. Dad had the same issue the year before with them. If I need something special I will order it from Jung's. Have had good luck with them.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We order garden seeds from FEDCO seeds in Maine, they are a co-op and we have been very happy with them for many years. They have lots of varieties that are different from what you can get "off the shelf" in stores around here in NY.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I order my veggie and flower seeds from Johny's in Maine. Always happy with their survice and product. As a Business I get wholesale prices too
They are worker owened.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

always buy my garden seed from ferry morse.mainly because my uncle worked for them for humpteen years.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Years ago, Gurneys was based out of Yankton, South Dakota. Like many seed companies, they were bought out by corporations mainly concerned about making money instead of putting out a good quality product. You might buy seeds from them, but I would avoid any root stock from them now. I have also heard that customer service is based out of India or Pakistan, but that might just be internet talk, not sure.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I ordered a load of trees and seeds from them last year - 30 trees or so. Only one tree didn't make it but their seeds were worthless. I had to go out and buy more of everything locally to get a garden growing. They replaced the tree for free. They are supposed to send a new one this spring.

I was kind of mad at them as when I called them about the tree they said it would ship next year as it was too late this year. The shipping dates for this coming year are AFTER the dates that I called last year. Couldn't figure that one out.

The trees were very good though.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have good luck with Parks Seed Company. I also use Burpee and Totally Tomatoes occasionally
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think you need to get seeds and plants from a place with climate similar to yours. I can't think of a place with a more dis-similar climate from mine than Yankton South Dakota, so I've never ordered from Gurneys (although they sent me catalogs for years). We've got a fairly unique climate west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon (I've never heard of anyone getting a Beefsteak tomato to ripen here), but have several seed and nursery companies that produce material that is suited to our climate. As far as tomatoes, for instance, we have only 2 possibilities here: Early Girl, and all those others that don't work.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Their call center is in the old Shenley's office building in Greendale, IN. They are owned by the same company as Gardens Alive. They are always hiring this time of year, advertise in the county papers.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have had both good and bad luck from several seed companies. As far as seed quality goes, I bought some bulk buttercrunch and black seeded Simpson lettuce seed from the local True Value Hardware store last spring. Planted some of both kinds several times both in the spring and fall. None germinated. Was throwing out old seed later so just broadcast them on the garden. The lettuce seeds all geminated what looks like two three times, way too thick but we are still having lettuce from them. Go figure. Joe
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Willhiteseed.com
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just looked at the cover of my Gurney's catalog, it has a 50% off coupon! act now exspires 2/13/13. Anyway, I have never ordered from them. I have had very good luck with J. W. Jung seed company out of Wisconsin. I have had nearly 100% germination with every seed that I have planted from them. The only thing I had issues with was some potatoe sets 2 years ago(moldy) that did not all grow, they gave me full purchase price back. SHON
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Cruel Irony Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Almost all seed companies now unless they are Organic get their seeds from the same place,Gurneys years ago USED to be a great seed company
 
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