My Top 5 Favorite Seed Companies

| 1/3/2012 6:46:34 PM

The seed catalogs are arriving almost daily now, and the annual dog-earing of pages and highlighting of items has begun. While I buy some of my seeds from local nurseries every year (I can find Botanical Interests seeds in several local stores now) I do the bulk of my seed shopping through catalogs. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Seed Savers Exchange -- this company is familiar to most gardeners. They put out a catalog full of both common and unusual heirlooms. If you're a member, the annual member's yearbook will have you salivating.

2. Cubit's Organics-- I became familiar with Cubit's after interacting with them on Twitter, and I've ordered from them several times now. This Canadian company is small, family-owned and run, and they also have a great blog. The prices are reasonable, too.

3. High Mowing Organic Seeds -- High Mowing carries a wide selection of organic seeds, potatoes, garlic, and onions.

4. Botanical Interests Seeds -- Botanical Interests first caught my attention with their artful seed packets, but I keep buying their seeds because I love the variety of organic and heirloom seeds they carry.

5. D. Landreth Seeds -- This is America's oldest seed house, responsible for introducing the country to tomatoes and zinnias. Talk about a legacy! Their catalog is worth every cent of the $5 purchase price -- it is full of useful information about the varieties they carry.

In addition to my picks, check out Mother Earth News readers' favorite sustainable seed companies. There is a lot of overlap between the two lists. I know that many of us are concerned with making sure we're not supporting companies like Monsanto, which owns 40% of all vegetable seeds sold in the U.S. I wrote a post about keeping Monsanto out of your veggie garden over at TreeHugger -- worth a look if you like to know exactly where your money is going. I like spending my money with small, independent businesses, and for the most part, my list reflects that. 

I hope this helps you discover some great, new-to-you seed companies. Which companies do you like to buy seeds from?

12/22/2013 10:47:01 PM

Not all farmer's grow organics and many grow non-organics like heirlooms, conventional and hybrids. But I think Non-gmo (GE Free), untreated seeds are important to most growers. I usually shop small seed companies like NE Seed who have signed the safe seed pledge.

11/28/2012 7:24:40 PM

I have an amazing idea for seed companies to help planters who want grow plants, but need help, or need some more information to help them. It can help the environment, the planters, and can help their sales! I would love to share this idea to seed companies! email me for more info:

Dominic Carlson
7/23/2012 7:21:55 PM

Hello I am from Michigan also so I love that your experience will help me even more. I work for a health food store and we sell botanical interest. Me and a couple other employees have had back luck with them. I did not have many of my seeds sprout, this is my first time using them, and another employee had bad luck with them 2 years in a row. Are we doing something wrong? Please let me know.

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