Grow your own heirloom seeds!
Whether you are looking to do an organic garden, grow heirloom vegetables or just support the need for seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties, you will love the following ten websites. You will find more varieties of the vegetables you know and even ones you may never have heard about before. It can be so rewarding to harvest what you started from one small seed, so if you haven’t done it yet, you are encouraged to give it a go! Nothing beats the flavor of home grown vegetables. The websites are listed in order of their Alexa traffic count rating.
Global Alexa Rating: 132,611
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. They began in 1975 and are a trusted source for seeds, information, wonderful conferences and events, webinars and more. You can become a member to help them, or simply purchase seeds from them. You can request a catalogue and join their mailing list. A nice tool on the site is a garden planner.
Global Alexa Rating: 135,880
This is a family owned business that began back in 1979. Besides a website, they also have a physical location in Cottage Grove, Oregon. They carry heirlooms as well as other seeds so be sure to select the heirlooms/open-pollinated section if that is the type of seeds and plants you are interested in purchasing. They also have an organics section. The site includes a garden planner and growing guides. All products are backed by their 100% guarantee.
Global Alexa Rating: 221,486
This company is a bit newer to the scene having begun in just 1996. They offer 100% organic seeds which is a bit different than heirloom, but is also desired by many gardeners. They also offer some heirloom seeds. Their website includes information about why to buy organic seeds and more information about their seeds overall. The website also includes lots of useful resources including growing & seed saving info, organic growing articles, videos and a zone map. They have also begun a non-GMO project that can be found at www.nongmoproject.org.
Global Alexa Rating: 228,195
The Cook’s Garden offers organics, heirlooms and regular seeds and plants. They also have flowers, fruit and supplies. A nice feature on the website is a recipe area. They also have a gardening info area as well as a new to gardening area for beginners. They currently are running a special so that if you request a catalog or sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a special offer of $5.00 off any $30 or more order.
Global Alexa Rating: 263,023
You may already be familiar with this company as you can find some of their products on grocery store shelves. They were founded in 1989 to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving rare heirloom and traditional seed varieties. Later they added a range of certified organic foods and chocolates that you can buy at the grocery store. They offer vegetables, herbs, flowers, live plants and tools & supplies on their site. The learning center is very helpful with advice on planning, planting, growing and harvesting.
Global Alexa Rating: 560,697
For those that enjoy a bargain as well as surprises, here is a unique way to get a collection of non-GMO seed packs. They offer a Seed of the Month Club in which you get 8 packs your first month and 4 packs every month thereafter. You can sign up for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years with longer memberships representing a savings per pack. They also ship internationally. You get far more than just seeds from these guys as they are very active on Facebook and offer podcasts, videos, downloads, articles, blogs and a forum. You can also get regular emails from them with tons of help! Founded by Michael Podlesny, a 3rd generational home vegetable gardener and published author.
Global Alexa Rating: 929,206
Tomato Growers Supply Company offers more than 500 varieties of tomatoes and peppers including both hybrid and heirloom varieties. They also have tomatillos and eggplant. It is a small specialty seed company founded in 1984 and is family-owned. They also offer some supplies including growing supplies, nutrition and pest control, and kitchen and canning supplies. There are some books offered as well. The nice feature of this site is that every variety is described beautifully so you know all the information you need to choose the varieties that fit your needs.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,526,361
The Cottage Gardener is an heirloom seed house and plant nursery in southern Ontario, Canada. They have been offering rare and endangered heirloom varieties since 1996. They have over 650 varieties in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. They are certified organic as well and do ship to the U.S. as well. They also offer custom seed packets for those that are looking to use them as wedding favors or for business events.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,682,560
Salt Spring Seeds is dedicated to a safe and sustainable agriculture and as such offers a heritage & heirloom organic seed catalogue. Their site is quite useful in that many of the offerings include an ‘all about’ info page as well as recipes using that item. They offer items you may not have thought about such as soybeans, wheats, barleys, oats, quinoa and more. All their seeds are untreated, open-pollinated and non-GMO. They grow all their own seeds and sell only from the most recent harvest. While you can order a catalogue, they note that their online seed catalogue is a much-expanded version. There is much useful information on this site.
Global Alexa Rating: 2,234,445
Urban Harvest is a Canadian company that sells 100% certified organic seeds. They offer vegetable seeds, herb seeds, flower seeds, wildflower seeds and seed mixes as well as soil amendments and salves. Besides having an online store, they have a physical location and can be found seasonally at farmer’s markets. They are also sold through retailers and there is a list on their website. They only ship within Canada, however.
You will gain more than just access to the best seeds on the planet as most of these websites offer knowledge and inspiration so that you too can become an incredible gardener or improve the skills you already have. Most regular seed companies such as Park Seed and Burpee’s that have been around for decades also offer heirloom varieties so it doesn’t hurt to check them out also.