START YOURSELF A GARDEN
I have been starting seeds for a couple of years now and every year I get asked where I buy seeds. So, I am going to give you my list of go to brands when ordering seeds online.
Since the pandemic began last year, I feel like there are so many more people wanting to get into gardening. Gardening is such a fulfilling hobby, at least for me. I am always encouraging friends and family to start their own gardens, even if it is one tomato plant on a back porch. It’s something, and I will tell you that, that one little tomato plant can bring a whole bunch of joy to the person who cares for and harvests it.
Gardening can be as simple or complex as you make it and everyone has to start somewhere. So, if I can make it a little quicker and easier for someone to try their hand at gardening, I definitely want to do that.
WHERE TO SHOP FOR SEEDS
First of all, I’m not opposed to buying seeds from the big box stores but I have found that I can get a much wider variety of quality seeds online. I tend to buy particular varieties from particular companies, most choices make sense while others have no rhyme or reason at all.
For instance, Floret Flowers is my go to when ordering flower seeds. They have a wide variety of flowers and color options. Every year I purchase tons of beautiful annuals and perennials from Floret including the most gorgeous and unique Zinnias, Dahlias, Carnations, all the flowers! Floret Flowers also has a great selection of books. I own several. Beautiful and super informative.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, is another favorite. I am always eager to get my hands on their “the whole seed catalog” in the Spring. It offers an in-depth description and history of all the seeds they offer as well a various recipes to try. Baker Creek is such a great resource when searching for heirloom seeds.
Migardener offers a wide variety of seeds as well but the best.k thing about them is that they offer seed packet kits like grow your own baby food, grow your own salsa, grow your own pizza, and grow your own herbal tea garden. These make the best gifts!
Johnny’s Speciality Seeds is another seed magazine I request every year. They offer a ton of certified organic seeds which can sometimes be difficult to find. Johnny’s also has farm seed, if that’s something you are in the market for. I make an order to Johnny’s every Spring, typically because I seen something pretty in their magazine and had to have it.
Sustainable Sprout is another brand I love to shop from for gifts. They have gorgeous packaging and have some of the best seed collections. One of my favorite collection is the “Bug Out Seed Bag” which includes like 30+ types of veggies, a book and a bag for everything, you know “just in case.”
In all honesty, if you are needing seeds, like today, or you just don’t want to go through the process of ordering, you can get Burpee and Ferry-Morse seeds at Lowe’s and other big box stores and they are a great quality as well! You can’t go wrong with Burpee seeds or plants, plus they are pretty easy to find.
NOW, GET TO PLANTING
Now that you know where to find some quality seeds it’s time to get started planning and planting. Each individual seed packet will have instructions on the back that will explain when and how to plant them.
The great thing about seeds is that you can use them year after year. Seeds are typically good for 3-5 years, sometimes longer if stored correctly. All in all, ordering seeds is easy, you have a wide variety of plants and flowers to choose from and its cheaper than buying annual veggies and flowers every year.