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InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568
Having seen Thompson and Morgan trashed on this site, I wonder if anyone can recommmend a good company? I am so disappointed with the overall quantity of commercial British seed, I mostly save my own these days. I've even started knocking on people's doors if see something new......
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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996
    This year I have used: Premier seeds.  Nutsncones, Plant genesis and Seekay all reliable, cheap and available from eBay. 
    All good germination, flowers and veg seeds. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,281
    Chiltern Seeds
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • craigbeckcraigbeck Posts: 8
    edited May 2019
    A big thumbs up to Chiltern seeds,used them in the 90's and used to get a catalogue to rival the bible. Made good winter reading!

    And Premier seeds on ebay along with Simply seeds who I think are excellent.

    A little edit. I forgot Nicky's nurseries who have some varieties I couldn't find elsewhere.

  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,061

    I am so disappointed with the overall quantity of commercial British seed
    Where have you been buying from and how did you find them disappointing? Quantity or quality of seeds, germination rates?

    I have always found the Organic Gardening Catalogue ( has a more generous seed count than most and good germination rates. Sarah Raven is excellent, Jellito for more unusual varieties, the latter is actually German, I think.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,021
    Another recommendation for Chiltern Seeds ... a wide range, superb and helpful service and high germination rate. 👍

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    Another vote for Chiltern Seeds. Germination is good and they have a real person on the end of the phone if you have any queries.
    SW Scotland
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,657
    Real Seeds for veg, The OGC for things I can't get from Real Seeds, Chiltern Seeds for most other things, and then a few specialists for things like chillis and rarer tomato types. 

    I bought some from Sarah Raven this year and the germination rates have been pretty poor.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,924
    Chiltern seeds are my favourites too and not too expensive. I bought moonflower seeds, they all germinated then died as greenhouse heater failed so got some off Amazon only one came up out of 12 sown! I have asked for a refund and will stick to chilterns in future! Too late now for my moonflowers  maybe next year......
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