It's time to get your garden started!

By Andrea Beck
March 31, 2020
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Social distancing guidelines and store closures because of the new coronavirus have made it impossible to stroll through the aisles of your local garden center to browse seed packets, but it’s still possible to do plenty of shopping online. Numerous companies are still shipping seeds to gardeners, often offering even more selection than you’d find at the store. The six we outline below are our favorites, but keep in mind that your order could be delayed by up to 10 days, as many of these sites are processing more orders than usual.

If you do run into any out-of-stock products while shopping, you can also check out the Garden Watchdog from Dave's Garden. It's a database of almost 8,000 mail-order seed catalogs and garden retailers, including reviews from users who have ordered from each service before. Search by zip code to find nurseries near you, and you might be able to support a local business by ordering from their site.

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1. A Wide Variety of Vegetable Seeds

A trusted source for more than 45 years, Johnny’s Selected Seeds has a large selection of veggies, fruits, flowers, and herbs online, including organic options. It's one of the best places to order vegetable seeds right now because of their huge and varied selection—you'll be able to score seeds for uncommon varieties like scorzonera and salsify. If you need any last-minute tools or supplies, you can add those to your order too; Johnny’s stocks common garden supplies like mulch, compost bins, and fertilizers too.

2.  Organic and Non-GMO Seeds

Founded by Renee Shepherd in 1998, Renee’s Garden offers organic and non-GMO (not genetically modified) seeds of all kinds, including fruits, veggies, and flowers. Part of the benefit of ordering seeds from Renee’s is admiring all of the colorful seed packets; each one is decorated with a watercolor portrait of the plant inside, plus a written description and planting instructions.

3. Flower Seeds and Potted Plants

Stock up on garden supplies and seeds by ordering from Burpee. In addition to a huge selection of vegetables, flowers, herbs, perennials, and fruits, Burpee also has all of the tools you need for gardening outdoors and starting seeds indoors. Plus, if it’s getting too late to start your own seeds in your region (some plants will need at least 12 weeks indoors before they can be transferred outside), Burpee also has the option of ordering bareroot and potted perennials and annuals that are ready to go straight into your yard.

4. Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek has a large selection of heirloom vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb seeds. Heirloom seeds are saved and grown for decades, withstanding the test of time, so they’re usually easy to grow and produce delicious veggies and fruits. If you want to add something a little unusual to your garden this year, be sure to check out Baker Creek’s unique varieties of tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, and more.

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5. Seeds That Support a Good Cause

Aiming to make organic and heirloom seeds more accessible to all gardeners, Seeds of Change offers vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. They donate 1% of every sale to projects that support community gardening. Over time, they’ve donated more than $1 million to school and community garden programs.

6. Seeds with a Flat Shipping Rate

Carrying a large selection of seeds as well as live plants, Park Seed is partly known for their Park’s Whoppers collection, which includes hardy, massive tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Shipping is just $2.99 on all seed orders, and they have hundreds of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruits to choose from. Its website also has an indoor gardening section where you can get set up with everything you need to start seeds and grow indoors.

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