JANUARY 6, 2021MY FAVORITE SEED SOURCES FOR THE HOME GARDENER

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GROW YOUR OWN CUTTING GARDEN: SUCCESS FROM SEED TO VASE

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One of the #1 questions I field on a regular basis is:

“Where do you buy your seeds?”

The Short Answer? EVERYWHERE.

Seriously, it seems like every store I enter, I’m drawn like a moth to a flame to the seed section. Do you know how many stores carry seeds in the spring?!? It’s crazy. My family sometimes has to physically drag me away from those enticing displays. 

I can’t help it!!! I buy seeds where ever I go – dollar store, grocery store, hardware store, Target… they are everywhere!

The Long Answer? EVERYWHERE. 😉

Ok, fine, so I’ll try to narrow it down… a bit. 

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Here are few suggestions I usually make before I give Seed Source advice:

1. Seek out seed companies that are located in a similar growing environment to yours. This not completely necessary, but it makes sense that if a plant variety does well in their trial gardens, it will probably thrive in YOUR garden. 

So if you live in the Pacific NorthWest, choose companies in the PNW. If you live in the NorthEast Coast, go for seed companies in the NEC. If you live in the deep South, go with companies in the deep south. You get it. 

2. Are you interested in saving your own seeds to use next year? Then you will want to seek out companies that specialize in “Heirloom” or “Open Pollinated (OP)” varieties. These seeds will save “true to type”.

You should NOT try saving seeds from Hybrid varieties. You will know it’s a Hybrid if you see the term “F1” on the seed description. Hybrid is not a “bad” trait – it simply means it’s a specifically pollinated cross of 2 different plant varieties and the seeds saved from the resulting fruit/veggie/flower will NOT be “true to type”. 

I like to save my own seeds, so I avoid Hybrid varieties when possible. 

3. Are you going to grow your garden with only Organic methods? If so, you may want to lean toward purchasing certified Organic seed. Most Organic plant varieties are bred specifically to thrive without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. But don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to only certified Organic seeds. 

Given the choice, I will purchase Organic, but I’m not a stickler for ONLY Organic.


My Favorite Seed and Gardening Sources

YOUR LOCAL GARDEN CENTER

In our neck of the woods (near Grand Rapids, MI), my favorite place to shop for seeds is Fruitbasket Flowerland (I hit up the location on 28th St., near US 131). They have a HUGE selection of flower and vegetable seeds, seed potatoes, onion sets, tubers, bulbs, etc. As a bonus, they have a highly knowledgeable and helpful staff. Maybe it’s because I have good memories of shopping there with my Grandma when I was a toddler, but I just love that place and I look forward to my annual spring shopping trip.

HIGH MOWING ORGANIC SEEDS

Located in Vermont, this seed company has been my trusted go-to source for almost the past decade and is my #1 recommended source for vegetable seeds.

  • Great selection, appropriate for home gardens, homesteads and farms.
  • They offer a good mix of Open Pollinated and Hybrid seed varieties.
  • Ordering online is super easy.
  • Free shipping on orders over $10!
  • 100% Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified

JOHNNY’S SELECTED SEEDS

This Maine based company has been killin’ it since the 70’s. Johnny’s not only offers great seeds, but also their website is chock full of valuable growing information. This is where I order the majority of my flower seeds, since they offer flowers varieties that are suitable as cut flowers (only some flowers are good for cutting/bouquets!). 

  • Wide vegetable selection makes them the trusted source for many small farms, but also appropriate for the home gardener.
  • Offer Hybrid, Open Pollinated and Organic choices.
  • Fantastic selection of Herbs and Cut Flowers.
  • Well known for their high quality growing supplies, such as seed trays, heat mats, plastic mulch, etc.
  • Free shipping on orders over $200

TERRITORIAL SEED COMPANY 

Located in Oregon, this company offers a selection similar to Johnny’s Select Seeds. I often find a few unique varieties that are not available anywhere else, like their “Yum Yum Gold” mini sweet bell peppers, which are AH-MAZING and some super fun tomato varieties. 

  • Excellent selection of Hybrid, Open Pollinated and Organic seeds.
  • Lots of unique cut flowers, peppers and tomatoes.
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • Easy on-line ordering

BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS

Ah, Baker Creek… their seed catalog is the stuff of dreams. *Swoon!* If you are looking for fun, unique or rare varieties, look no further. Jere and Emilee Gettle, the founders of the company, and their employees quite literally scour the globe as seed explorers, searching for new (or perhaps we should say ancient!), endangered and rare seed varieties. You must check them out! They are located in Missouri, but also have stores in Connecticut and California. 

  • You get a free pack of seeds with every order. It’s a fun surprise!
  • GMO free seeds
  • Supporter of heritage and heirloom seeds
  • All seeds are Open Pollinated (so you can become a seed saver, or course!)
  • Rare, exotic seeds that you won’t find anywhere else, along with some familiar faces

SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE

If you are really geeked out about seed saving, consider a membership to the Seed Savers Exchange, one of the nations largest “seed banks”. Their mission is to preserve our diverse agricultural heritage. They are located in Iowa. 

  • All seeds are Open Pollinated (obviously!)
  • Non- GMO
  • Many certified Organic options
  • Offer “Certified Heirloom Varieties”, which means they have been saved and shared by home gardeners for generations.
  • Great selection of Heirloom tomatoes and peppers!
  • Offer “Garden in Box” gift sets. What a great Mother’s Day gift idea!

GROW ORGANIC/PEACEFUL VALLEY FARM AND GARDEN SUPPLY

Located in California, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply is a homesteader’s dream come true. They offer everything from seeds to gardening tools/equipment to cheese-making supplies to composters to dehydrators to beekeeping supplies! I could go on and on. Be sure to sign up for the email subscription service, as they regularly offer flash sales and discounts to their subscribers. 

  • 100% GMO free seeds
  • Certified Organic seeds
  • HUGE selection of farming, gardening and homesteading supplies. Watch out! You’re going to put EVERYTHING on your wish list!!! Ha!
  • Good source for Organic garden fertilizer and compost

PRAIRIE ROAD ORGANIC SEED

In full disclosure, I have not YET purchased seeds from this company… but I got to know the owners over the winter and I love what they doing! They can expect as seed order from me soon 😉

My farming friend down the road purchased from them and was very pleased with the quality of the seed.

Theresa does a great job maintaining their helpful, easy to navigate website. It’s full of tasty recipes and tips to help you on your growing journey.

  • Certified Organic seeds.
  • Free shipping on orders over $35.00
  • Excellent customer service. You get to talk to the people who actually grow the seed!

BOTANICAL INTERESTS

Ok, I must confess one of the reasons I love this company is because of their great artwork/illustrations. Everything about their seed pack and products are beautiful and sure to make you feel joyful and inspired! If you live in the Grand Rapids area, be sure to visit Fruitbasket Flowerland, since they carry this brand in the store. Otherwise, their online ordering is simple. 

  • Non- GMO seed
  • Great selection of Heirloom and Organic vegetable choices (and the occasional hybrid, but most are OP).
  • Varieties are selected for home garden use.
  • Large selection of flowers, many that make good cut flowers

NATURE AND NURTURE SEEDS

This Michigan based seed company offers a delightful selection of veggies, herbs and flowers. Some of my favorite tomato varieties, such as “Growing in Place” cherry tomato and “Early Detroit” slicer are sold here.

  • Non-GMO
  • Organic and Heirloom seeds
  • Great for Midwest growers

OLD HOUSE GARDENS

This small company is located in my home state of Michigan (Ann Arbor). They specialize in rare, endangered and Heirloom Bulbs/Tubers. Their customer service is top-notch and their catalog/website is so fun to explore. A great source for hard to find:

  • Daffodills
  • Peonies
  • Lillies
  • Tulips
  • Daylillies
  • Irises
  • Dahlias and more…

FLORET FLOWERS

Floret is located in Washington state, and they offer an incredible selection of seeds and tubers specifically for cut flower use.

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Your Turn!

What are your favorite sources for seeds and supplies? I would LOVE to hear about them. 

Have fun searching for seeds and dreaming about spring!

-Lori

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D 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

Redemption seeds! I just can’t say enough good things about this company. They have the best customer service, hands down, that I have ever gotten. They go above and beyond any questions you might have twofold and Break their sections into helpful categories. Like, “things to plant now.” They are 100% knowledgeable and professional. And have an absolutely fantastic selection of seeds

Lori Hernandez 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

This is great to know! Thanks for sharing!

D 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

Redemption Seeds. They literally could not be more helpful and they have an extensive collection of seeds. If you have a question, they will answer it twice over. Very professional and personable. They break things down into categories like, “things to plant now.” And then all the usual suspects. I just can’t say enough good things about them.

Marcia 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

I live in New England and, in addition to Johnny’s, purchase seeds from FEDCO located in Clinton, Maine which is a cooperative seed company. Seeds are selected for cold-hardiness and many are organic. Their catalog is black and white newsprint filled with personal observations (!) and the sources for each of the seed offerings. Have no fear as their website provides colorful photos. They also offer bulbs, tubers, trees and gardening supplies.

Bonnie 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

I live Newport North Carolina what seed company is good

Lori Hernandez 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

Hi Bonnie,
I like all the seed sources on this list, but you could always Google “Seed companies near me” to see what shows up!

Sibyl Phillips 5 months ago · 0 Likes  

Www.trueleafmarket.com is a good company.

National Garden Bureau 6 months ago · 0 Likes  

Great list of seed sources, here are many of those retailers plus more at our shop our member page at National Garden Bureau – https://ngb.org/shop-our-members/

Linda 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Select Seeds has a wonderful selection of open-pollinated flowers. Beautiful photos and valuable seed starting and growing info on their website and seed packets. It’s one of my favorites! Renee’s Garden and Swallowtail Gardens are great too.

Lori Hernandez 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Oh, I forgot about those 2 places! You’re right – they have wonderful selections!

Elaine 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

I hope you get a commission! Thank you (or not hahaha) for the Botanical Interests info – I had forgotten about them!

Lori Hernandez 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Ha ha! I wish 😉
Sorry, not sorry, for reminding you about Botanical Interests. My local garden center carries a HUGE display of their seeds and it’s so much fun to look at them all!

Justine 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Hello! When seeds were hard to find last year, I discovered another great Michigan company. Nature and Nurture Seeds out of Ann Arbor has a small, but nice selection of seeds, specifically for growing in our climate.
https://natureandnurtureseeds.com/

Lori Hernandez 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Yes! That’s where I order some of my favorite tomato seeds, “Growing in Place” and “Early Detroit”! And like you, I love knowing everything they offer will thrive in my garden too.

dan 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

how many more we can have btw ?

Leanna Rollins 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

I used Eden Brothers last year and had great success 🙂

Lori Hernandez 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Thanks for letting me know! I’ve bought tubers from there, but have not explored their seed selection….

Carolyn Farrell 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

I use all you mentioned above and love them ! I also would add https://hudsonvalleyseed.com/ for veggies, especially nice variety of Asian greens and they support artists as well with their lovely packages and I do love Renee’s Seeds for her wonderful flowers and veggies.

Lori Hernandez 7 months ago · 0 Likes  

Carolyn,
Thanks for these great suggestions!

Jim 8 months ago · 0 Likes  

You may want to check out migardener.com. Great folks and very good prices

Lori Hernandez 8 months ago · 0 Likes  

Thanks for the suggestion, Jim!

Ashley A year ago · 0 Likes  

Totally relatable! I’m fairly certain, no, positive, that I have way more seeds than I could possibly fit in our yard. I ordered the full seed catalog from Baker Creek this year and had probably 200 things on my list that I wanted! 😳

Lori Hernandez A year ago · 0 Likes  

Haha! The struggle is real!

Leanne Brazelton 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Swallowtail seeds! They have some different varieties- loving the Cape Daisy. I hope it grows well in my garden this year.

https://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com

Thanks for this post Lori!

Leanne Brazelton

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Leanne,
Thanks for sharing! I discovered their site last year and you are right – so many fun varieties! Good luck with the Cape Daisies!

Mary voss 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

One of my favorite places to buy vegetable seeds is DeBruyn Seed in Zeeland, Michigan. Packages come in multiple sizes. My one pound bean package was $3.00
For the past two years I planted and was hugely impressed with “Slenderette” bush green beans.
A low growing dense bush that resulted in at least 5 pickings. Many beans on each bush very crisp and delicious.

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Mary,

I’ve heard great things about DeBruyn! Maybe I’ll have to go check it out this spring!

Those beans sound fantastic. I always plant pole beans because I don’t like bending over to pick 😉

Brendalynn Eustice 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

I just ordered some seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, have you ever purchased from them, Lori? My son came home with a starter kit to grow seeds in a hydroponic container. He is in a class at CC that spends a lot of time in their greenhouse and we thought we would try out some radish seeds and see how it goes.

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Yes! I love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! They have such a great selection.

Oh, that sounds like so much fun 🙂 Radishes grow fast so you should see results quickly!

Michelle 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Thanks for the list, Lori! It’s my goal to start a small veggie garden this spring so your post is so helpful 🙂

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Yes! I started out with a 10 x 10 foot space and it was perfect! Now we’ve obviously expanded, but you’d be surprised how much you can grow in a small space. 🙂 Best wishes and have fun!

Gloria 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

I buy the majority from Johnny’s, some from Floret, Burpees, and of course Baker Creek!!!!!! Thank you for you post. Love it. Very helpful.
Happy seed hunting and let the sow begin ! 💚🌱💚🌱

Lori Hernandez 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

Gloria,

I’m so glad you found this to be helpful! I love all those places you mentioned 🙂

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