Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are usually a beautiful retreat for London residents and tourists in the summer. However, until the gardens reopen we will have settle for their beautifully packaged seeds. The Kew heritage boxes are filled with selections of herbs, sweet peas and scented flowers.
Alternatively, you can start small with a herb grow kit from pronto seed. It comes complete with everything you need to grow your herbs from scratch.
‘Planting now will ensure your mini crops are ready from June to November,’ says Louise. ‘Remember to pop plant labels next to each herb so you don’t get muddled. And position your window box in the sunniest spot you have – ensuring fresh and fragrant herbs.’
4. Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
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Simply Seed started out selling seeds to the agriculture and horticulture industry. However, a few years ago they began offering seeds to the public. They have an incredible range of different varieties of fruit and vegetables, including something called ‘Cauliflower Grafitti’.
If you want to get more experimental with the produce you grow but not sure where to start, Amazon is a great place to pick up packs of seeds. One of our favourites is the Scott & Co seed sack. It contains 30 different varieties of seeds to grow, from vegetables to chilli peppers.
Alternatively, beetroot is another plant that is perfect to grow from seed if you a novice or lazy gardener. ‘The Beetroot Moneta is perfect for the lazy gardener as no thinning is required,’ explains Louise. ‘There’s no need to remove any of the plants that are growing too close together, so it couldn’t be easier.’
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Offers many unique varieties
Fun curated collections
One of our favorite seed sources online to browse for its amazing selection, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds focuses on preserving heirloom varieties to keep species growing in gardens all across the world. They do not sell any genetically modified seeds or bulbs, instead encouraging gardeners to grow heirloom varieties of seeds only and save their seeds for future use. If you aren’t sure how to do that, they’re happy to teach you.
For those looking to plant wildflower varieties that are beneficial to their local ecosystem, American Meadows provides a guide for seeds by region, by benefit, and by growing condition. The company favors growing flowers that are good for the local ecosystem, such as native plants and those that attract pollinators and beneficial insects.
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If you follow a lot of gardening Instagramming accounts, you’ll find that people LOVE this company! Baker Creek has rare seeds that bring fun and uniqueness to your garden. For example, this year, I bought purple beans, kale that looks like a palm tree, multi-colored hot peppers, and some beautiful amaranth (all pictured above).
In the early 1910s, 20s, and 30s, Kitazawa Seed Company had built a thriving business selling bulk seeds and specializing in Japanese varieties. Then, very unfortunately, in the early to mid 1940s their business was shut down while the owner was forced into a Japanese internment camp. Afterward, upon their reopening, they shifted to a model of business of shipping seeds, since many of their customers had relocated because of the Japanese displacement. Fast forward a few decades, they celebrated their centennial in 2017, and are the oldest company in the US specializing in Asian varieties. I’m proud of their success and love supporting them. Here’s their website.
This is a nonprofit from which I have learned a lot. I had no idea that there were varieties of produce that were becoming extinct as our diets became less diverse. From their website, their mission is “ Seed Savers Exchange stewards Americaʼs culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. We educate and connect people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.”
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
I found out about Johnny’s Seeds because they have a lot of really useful garden planning resources. Before I placed an order, I had watched their instructional videos, used their planning excel spreadsheet, and more. If a company provides so many free resources to help me along my journey, I feel compelled to support them back. Here’s their website.
Hope you found this article to be helpful for finding the best places to buy seeds online!
I’m starting with seeds because that’s where I currently am in the process. I had thought my only options for seeds were at the big home improvement stores (which are totally fine, by the way!), but it turns out there’s a vast world out there of options and varieties. Here are my best places to buy seeds online so far:
I first discovered Botanical Interests at my local Sprouts grocery store and at the nearby nursery. Both places had a really wide section of these beautifully packaged seeds with the cutest illustrations. Now, most of my seed collection comes from this company’s website, and I appreciate that they are accessible and affordable. Most packages that contain hundreds of seeds are priced at about the $2 mark, and I can use them for years to come. This year, I’m even using some of their biodegradable planters for my seedlings (which I’ll write more about later). Here’s their website.