If you’re in the market for organic, heirloom seeds for you garden, then look no further because I’m sharing the best companies to buy heirloom seeds.
It is already January and because of the colder weather finally making its presence known, my family and I have been spending a majority of our days inside.
This can be a tough time of year for people because it forces us to slow down a bit and it’s an uncomfortable feeling in this fast-paced world we’re living in.
I fortunately love this time of year. My passions in homemaking come from handicrafts. I love knitting things for the family and I’ve even tried some sewing projects in the past year or two. Being inside allows me to feed my creative side and I love learning new things. This winter I’m wanting to get better at sourdough and as soon as I get my taste back after getting sick, I’ll be ready to go!
If being indoors is making you a little anxious for warmer weather, then here’s an idea for you…
Winter Is A Great Time To Plan Your Garden & Purchase Seeds
Now is the perfect time to start dreaming about your garden. It’s so rewarding to have another year under your belt and think of all the possibilities that can come from learning new things and applying it to the upcoming year.
This last year I learned a couple things that I’m going to implement this year:
- I will transplant my seedlings a couple weeks AFTER the last frost date. Last year we had a frost after I had already planted my tomatoes, basil, and peppers and they all were lost. This was even planting them when the calendar claimed it to be safe. If you’ve ever started seeds indoors, you know how devastating this is! A couple of the pepper plants actually made it, but I ended up purchasing tomato and basil seedlings from a local nursery to remedy my mistake.
- This is the year I’m finally going to stake my pepper plants. Those peppers certainly get heavy and late in the summer they fall over from the weight. I’m certain we’d get more peppers if we just took that extra step to stake them. We shall see!
If You’re Ready To Plan Your Garden, It’s Time To Purchase Seeds
I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to purchasing my seeds. January can seem rather early when you compare it to starting seeds in another month or two, but nowadays you can never be too safe with purchasing seeds.
Since 2020, many seed companies have been selling out of seeds. If you are intentional and plan ahead, you should be able to bypass this struggle. And just in case some of the more popular seed companies sell out, I wanted to make sure I gave you a plethora of companies to choose from.
What To Look For When Purchasing A Seed?
1) There are many types of seeds you can choose from, and I just want to get straight to the point. I personally strictly buy heirloom seeds. I look at it as insurance. Yes, there’s the romance with heirloom seeds because they can be passed down for generations and they have a cool history, but my MAIN reason is sustainability.
Heirloom seeds allow you to save the seeds yourself. This way you don’t have to keep purchasing seeds year after year. Saving seeds truly is easy I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier than I did!
Another benefit to saving heirloom seeds and regrowing them each year is they hold a sort of memory in the seed that make it better for growing in your particular gardening zone.
2) Know your gardening zone. You’ve decided you want to buy heirloom seeds, but the options are endless. It’s important to know what produce grows best in your area. If you’re in garden zone 7b, you can check out all the ideas for your gardening space here.
Don’t know your garden zone? Click here to find out.
The Best Companies To Buy Organic, Heirloom Seeds
Just a little disclaimer before we get into the list. I’m in no way affiliated with any of these seed companies. I have looked on YouTube for suggestions in the past, but the disheartening thing was that many vloggers seemed to promote the same companies.
Don’t get me wrong, they are great companies but I also want to be able to promote some of the companies that are just as good but may not have the same budget for marketing.
- Baker Creek*
- Seed Savers Exchange*
- Seeds for Generations
- Siskiyou Seeds
- Johnny’s Seeds*
- Territorial Seeds
- Annie’s Heirloom Seeds*
- High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Seed Treasures
- Mary’s Heirloom Seeds
- True Leaf Market
- Victory Seeds
- MI Gardener
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
- Fedco Seeds
- Kitchen Botanicals
- Wood Prairie Farm
- Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
- Botanical Interests*
- Adaptive Seeds
- Renee’s Garden
- Kitazawa Seed Company
- Pinetree Garden Seeds
I want to make sure I mention that I do not have experience with each seed company, but I wanted to provide a variety of companies to you in case you experience any shortages. The
*Seeds I’ve Personally Used
Where To Organize Your Heirloom Seeds?
If you’re like me your seed stash can get a little out of hand. I just get taken away by all the possibilities in the garden. You’ll need a place to keep them organized. What I’m going to recommend isn’t a necessity. You can easily store your seeds in a ziploc bag or a basket that you have lying around in the house.
This recommendation is strictly for those who have been in the market for seed organization. I’ve seen this suggested by MANY different gardeners and it works quite well.
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This is a photo storage container that I found on Amazon. I’ve also seen them at craft stores like Michael’s also. I like to sort the seeds I order by categories and then place them in a plastic bin and label it.
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Now You’re Ready To Purchase Your Seeds
Now that you know my favorite type of seeds to purchase, the reputable companies to buy from, and how to organize them, the only thing that’s left is to purchase the seeds and plan your garden. The possibilities are endless!
Let Me Know In The Comments…
Is this your first year gardening or are you a seasoned gardener?