7 Best Places to Buy Vegetable Seeds Online
Because there’s never been a better time to start a vegetable garden.
It’s official: the homegrown vegetable garden is making a major comeback this spring. With many of us spending more time at home and grocery shopping requiring extra precautions, many Americans are starting their own vegetable gardens, some for the very first time. According to Jack Whettam, sales and marketing manager at Hudson Valley Seed Co, orders have increased “by orders of magnitude” this year, and other seed companies report similar spikes in sales.
While many seed companies experienced shipping delays or had to take a short break to catch up on shipments earlier this April, most are currently back to accepting new orders. Translation: now is a great time to order and start planting all of those tomato, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. Buy vegetable seeds online at the sources below, then consult our month-by-month guide to learn what to plant when.
There's never been a better time to start a vegetable garden. Here's where to buy vegetable seeds online so you can grow your own at-home garden.
Where you can buy local, organic heirloom seeds (a comprehensive guide to local seed shops across North America)
A perhaps unexpected impact of the current pandemic is that more people are taking an interest in becoming more self-reliant and growing their own food!
During the first and second World Wars, people started victory gardens of their own herbs and vegetables to reduce strain on the food system. Now, victory gardens are back, so we’ve created a guide of where you can find heirloom seeds within your region in North America.
Before we go into that, you may be curious what we mean by “heirloom seeds” and their significance. According to Seed Savers Exchange:
“‘Heirloom’ describes a seed’s heritage, specifically a documented heritage of being passed down from generation to generation within a family or community. An heirloom variety of vegetable, fruit, or flower must be open-pollinated—or pollinated by insects, birds, wind, or other natural means—and ‘breed true,’ or retain its original traits from one generation to the next.”
Over the past decades, the industrialization of agriculture has led to a great loss of agrobiodiversity. Since 1900, 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost “as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.”
As the pandemic reveals how vulnerable we are when we’re reliant on a centralized, exploitative food system, those of us who are inclined to grow some of our own food should try and prioritize buying heirloom seeds—often they taste better, they may be more nutritious, and diversifying our food varieties will ultimately be better for our collective health.
So the vendors we’ve rounded up below all sell heirloom seeds—many of which are also organic—that can be saved from year-to-year. Saving seeds and sharing with neighbors is an important way to both preserve heirloom varieties, maintain genetic diversity, and help our communities to build resilience and self-sufficiency.
Start by browsing the seed shops local to your state, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can expand your search to include shops that regional to you. All of these vendors are worthy of supporting!
Want to grow your own food? The local shops listed here all sell heirloom and organic seeds that can be saved from year-to-year. Get started in helping preserve heirloom varieties, maintain genetic diversity, and support your local community to build resilience and self-sufficiency!