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  •  I start my own, usually (6+ / 0-)

    generally from seeds or offshoots I get from produce I buy, or sometimes purchased seeds. Very few times have I seen veggie starts for sale, most nurseries are selling ornamental plants and some herbs.

    Buying seeds is iffy because I've got specific climate and pest problems I've got to work with. Hot, humid, nematodes, Southern blight, squash borers,etc. The seeds in the ag stores are OK, but seem to be produced for a higher, cooler climate and more inputs of chemicals.

    Many things I've planted have failed completely (tomatoes, carrots, zuchinni), while a different variety is sometimes what makes the difference (peppers only if blight resistent, the local winter squash does fine).

    The best part is that I can grow multi-year plants like bananas, pineapple, yam, taro, etc, and my squash and peppers year around. I really need to find some tomato seeds that can make it here- that's among my next projects.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:19:26 AM PST

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    •  That's interesting about the tomatoes/zucchini (5+ / 0-)
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      I'm not surprised about the carrots--in Colombia they only come from cold climates.  And come to think of it, the tomatoes were always crummy.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:31:52 AM PST

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