When it came time to buy seeds for the Lake Avenue Elementary School Garden this year, I was delighted to find that a local nursery, an ugly one that stinks of chemicals, carried lots of Thompson & Morgan seeds and lots of interesting varieties.
But for the first time ever, I opened a seed package and thought it was empty…only to discover four ridiculous little seeds stuck to the bottom of the foil package.
The Thompson & Morgan website confirms such stinginess…as in the case of this hybrid eggplant, which is sold six ridiculous seeds at a time.
I understand that hybrids are more expensive to produce…but really, that much more expensive? I stopped ordering from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, though I liked the catalog and the stock, because I grew tired of paying $4 for a package that was nearly empty. Seeds from Italy, in contrast, sends mostly giant packages stuffed full of seeds that germinate and grow beautifully, even in my frigid climate.
I don’t know what the answer is–charge more, label the packages differently so the buyer is aware that he or she are basically buying air? But I do feel that there is little upside in enraging well-meaning gardeners in spring.