I use a company name of Rohrer and Sons a local ( Village of SMoketown in Lancaster County) seed packer and distributor. Ive never had any seeds that had less than 90% germination. The 20% is unacceptable when you pay good money for seed. Sometimes sevearl types of seeds(like onio0n or beans) can drop in germ rate if they are carried over ferom year to year. NEVER BUY SEEDS THAT ARE DISCOUNTED last year seeds, They usually arent kept properly. I buy up several types of seeds at the end of the season (no onions though) and then put em in the freezer .
Always have had good luck.
Rohrers has a good (not great) varietal listing. They dont carry the new years "hot new veggie or flower" they usually wait a year till the reports come in. The first season that the Burpee folks came out with these White marigolds, they had lots of trouble ith them. After 2 years of further culling and testing, the true whites were ready for market. The same thing is now happening with wild color nasturtiums.
Ive already started onion seeds, parsley, aegeratum , basil in peat pots, and red beet seeds (Redbeets transplant really well)
I brought up some flower roots (like Dahlia) from the cold storage and Im letting them slowly acclimate to the season in a series of pots in an equipment shed that lets it get down to 45 (then a heater kicks on).
Time to get going girl