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By Steph Anderson

COPY-Able to get your favorite veggie seeds this year? So far, yes

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- It's spring's first flair: garden seed displays are popping up, and seed catalogs are arriving in mailboxes.

But there's some talk over whether or not you may be able to get your favorite varieties.

According to some of the nation's big seed dealers, 2009's wet weather, which made for a poor growing season, along with increased orders from Europe, could result in a shortage of seeds this spring.

Of concern were some types of popular vegetables, including cucumbers, onions, carrots, and snap peas.

We checked around locally to see how seed distribution was fairing, and from the sound of things, there's no need to panic.

Decorah's Seed Savers Exchange reports no major problems with fulfilling orders. Local stores, such as Hy-Vee and Fleet Farm, haven't noticed any issues, either. Sargent's in Rochester has most of their stock up.

Scott Moon is the Manager at Sargent's on 2nd. He does caution, however, that there could be some bumps in the road when the garden season is in full force.

Scott Moon, Manger of Sargent's on 2nd, says, "Where we try to do some reordering, there may be shortages on the other end. Because normally they have quite a bit of seed to get going, and then it's later on where we end up seeing that we're short."

Scott and other garden experts suggest checking on your favorite seeds before buying, and purchasing early - but make sure you wait the appropriate amount of time before starting to grow them.

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