If you are new to gardening, you might be wondering where all the “seasoned” gardeners buy their seeds. There are a ton of sources out there on where you can buy seeds from. Over time, you will be able to select the places that are best for you. Let’s dive in to some of them.
Keeping It Local
Once of the best places to shop is right in your own town. I love supporting local businesses so I seek out farm and seed shops that have seeds that are actually good for my growing area.
I’m very particular on where I buy my seeds from. I wan to make sure they are organic/non-gmo, heirloom seeds. They don’t need to be certified Organic as long I know they are a trusted source.
I’m part of a homestead group here in my town and at pretty much every meeting, we have a seed swap. These are “tried and trued” seeds that local farmers are using and having successful results with. Seed swaps are free. You basically are just swapping seeds with your friends. For instance, I’ll trade a pack of carrot seeds for some bush beans seeds. It’s a Win Win!
Big Box Nurseries
We all have these “big box” home improvement stores and within in them is a garden center. They all have seeds. How do you know if they’re any good? I go home and research the company and then make my decisions from there.
Most of the time, these bigger stores are more convenient; however, the seeds do not germinate like the ones I get from other places. Do your homework and research for your family. You definitely want to make sure you are buying non-gmo seeds.
Buy Seeds Online
This is probably one of my favorite things to do. I love getting all the seed catalogs in the mail and going through them. Again, I research the seed companies and then make my decisions from there.
You can usually find seed companies that offer free shipping or have some kind of sale going on. These are also “tried and trued” seed companies that are putting themselves out there with the marketing ads and on social media. For the most part, they are all great companies.
You might pay a little bit more for your seed packets but with anything, “you get what you pay for”. I have found that these companies have high germination rates which is what we want!
Where To Buy Seeds Online
As I stated earlier, I am very particular where I buy my seeds. I want to make sure I’m giving my family, non-gmo healthy produce from my garden. All of these seed companies fit the bill, so to speak. I always have great yields from these companies.
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This is a fairly new company to me. It’s actually a bulk-buying co-op and they sell seeds and starter plants. Let me tell you, I planted some seeds last fall and the germination rate was so good. I’m really impressed with Azure Standard. Just go to the “Outdoor & Garden” section on their website. Wait until you see all the seeds and starters they have!
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My biggest advice to a new gardener, is to research the company that you are buying your seeds from. Not all companies are equal, just like not all seeds are equal. At the end of the day, giving your family food with no chemicals is what is important. Happy Gardening!