I've noticed a bit of chatter going on about seed companies having issues due to higher than normal demand for seeds.
I'm thinking a lot of people have decided to start gardening now that we know this pandemic isn't going to end anytime soon.
I suppose I fall into that category too. My beds have been covered for the past few years. I just didn't have the time when I was employed. Last year, I only planted zinnias and summer squash. I was furloughed at the time and expected to be back to full-time work once the Covid lockdown was lifted in June.
I only opened two raised beds. Everything else stayed covered. I suppose I could have done more once I became officially unemployed but I suspect the urge just wasn't there.
Anyhow, I've already been making some plans for the garden this year and bought my seeds back in December. I usually make that my Christmas present to myself each year.My "go-to" seed company is Baker Creek and back in December I didn't have any issues getting my delivery. Sure, some seeds varieties were already sold out but that only makes it interesting trying new types of seeds.
I clicked on their site today out of curiosity and got this message:
We apologize, but due to the unprecedented volume of seed orders, our website will be closed beginning Friday, January 29 at 3 a.m. CST and reopening on Wednesday, February 3rd at 10 p.m. CST, to give us time to catch up on orders, restock seed supplies and clean and sanitize our work spaces. At present, our warehouses and shipping line are running 24 hours a day, with social distancing and other safety precautions in place to protect employees. Our workforce, like many others, has been affected by COVID-19, and we highly value our workers’ health and wellness. Thank you for your patience, and for sharing our belief that gardening makes us more human and more whole.We will be live again February 3rd at 10 p.m. CST
It certainly makes me more interested in "Seed Saving". Last fall, I saved three bags of Zinnia seeds. Two from my garden and one from my sister-in-laws garden up in NH. I've also got some winter squash seeds saved.
What have you all experienced or heard about seed shortages?