Favorite Garden Seed Sources

If you are anything like me, you’ve already spent time dreaming about garden seeds for 2013’s bountiful harvest. Yes, my favorite garden seed catalogs just might have a few drool stains amongst their already well worn pages. Since playing in the dirt is one of my all time most favorite activities, today I’m going to share with you my favorite garden seed sources.

Heirloom Garden Seed Source - Johnny's Selected Seeds

You want to make sure you purchase from companies that are committed to providing non GMO seed. I do not grow out Monsanto seed….period.

While I believe that open pollinated seeds are the best idea (you can save your seeds from year to year) there is a place for hybrids too. In our area I’ve never had success with an OP pepper. I have to go with a hybrid variety. If I want a tomato before the end August, I need to have a couple early hybrid plants in a different space.

summer squash in a Johnny's Seeds catalogs - Garden Seed Source


I choose organic seed whenever available, but I do have seed that has been harvested from plants grown organically, but the actual seed that grew the plant wasn’t organic.

The seed sources below will provide you with everything from organic, to heirloom, to rare, to ……well you name it!

Johnny’s Seed (I’ve ordered from Johnny’s for years and and years.)


Baker Creek

Vegetable Seed Warehouse

I’ve often picked up packets of Seeds of Change at my health food store. Unfortunately, once Mars bought out Seeds of Change my health food store stopped carrying this brand.


Heirloom seeds- long term emergency seed storage

While we are on the topic of seeds, do you have you emergency seed stash? Heirloom, organic seeds that have been packaged to last for long periods of time. The seeds on the left are from Emergency Essentials, the package on the right is from Costco!

Another excellent source of seeds for your area are other gardeners! Experienced gardeners are likely to be saving their seed from year to year. Have a seasoned gardener as a mentor can be a great source of instruction AND seeds!

garden seeds from vegetable seed warehouse

Heck, you could just stroll down to your local grocery store and grab a few packets of easy to grow seed (cucumber, summer squash, pumpkins, lettuce, are a few) and start growing your own food! Burpee has a new organic line that you can find in stores.

Once you have your seeds you can read our post on how to start seeds indoors to get a jump start on your garden.

There is simply nothing quite like being able to walk out to your kitchen garden (or you backyard garden pots filled with veggie plants!) and pick your own dinner. Now is the time to start your planning!

Where are YOUR favorite places to score your favorite garden seeds?

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Tammy is a mom to 6 wonderful kids, including Parker, who came with an extra chromosome! She is passionate about special needs advocacy, living within her means, and preparing for an uncertain future. Tammy's main blog is Praying For Parker. Make sure to visit her there as well!


  1. I have these Martha Stewart dreams every spring. I want to plant and nourish our family from seeds. However, my dreams are diminished once I lose interest and kill everything with my brown thumb. How about I move next door to you? You grow the food, I turn it into amazing freezable dishes? You in?

  2. Oooh–what a great list of resources! Will definitely take your advice as I hope to do more in our garden this year!

  3. I so need to plan my garden, but I’m in Oregon, so I have some time yet. I’ve pretty much given up started from seeds up here and just go buy started plants. Our growing season is just not long enough.

  4. I use Burpee’ s heirloom varieties. the only problem with heirlooms is a reduced resistance to disease and bugs. You have to really watch them closely.

    BTW, they do sell Seeds of Change at Home Depot.


  5. I use small home gardener outfits that hand collect their seeds handed down from generations and also breed some fabulous varieties without all the chemicals. One of my favorite seed shops is centerofthewebb.com, they have some of the weirdest edible seeds


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