Where To Buy The Best Vegetable Seeds
Our six favorite places to order vegetable seeds for our garden. We look for good quality, great selection and low cost.
Seed catalogs always seem to arrive on the coldest day of January, when the garden is covered in a thick layer of snow. It’s the perfect time to hunker down and flip through page after page of colorful, eye-catching photos of fruits and vegetables. But there’s so much to choose from! It can be overwhelming if you’re new to gardening or just can’t make up your mind.
Over the years we’ve narrowed down a list of our favorite places to order seeds. We look for GOOD QUALITY, GREAT SELECTION and LOW COST. Where’s your favorite place to order vegetable seeds?
SHOULD I USE OPEN-POLLINATED OR HYBRID SEEDS?
We use both, depending on the crop. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with either. Remember that even the most beloved heirloom open-pollinated varieties were subjected to hybridization at some point in their history.
Tomatoes are the one crop where we almost exclusively buy heirloom open-pollinated varieties of seeds. Most hybrid tomato varieties were not bred for flavor, and, in our experience, heirlooms almost always have superior flavor. We grow a few hybrid cherry tomatoes, but the rest of our tomato patch is dedicated to heirlooms.
For most other crops, the difference in flavor between hybrids and open-pollinated heirlooms is not as stark, and in some cases hybrid varieties are much more vigorous and mature more rapidly than open-pollinated varieties. Broccoli is a good example.
Remember that if you want to save seeds you need to grow open-pollinated varieties.
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