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The Seed Company Roundup

Here is a list of seed companies that I respect. I have ordered seeds from most of these companies. The ones I haven’t yet, I plan to.

I prefer to plant heirloom seeds and always look out for interesting and historical varieties. Sometimes, I choose a hybrid variety, if it is highly recommended and performs well for my garden’s needs.

You may order a seed catalogue from most of these companies or view their catalogues online.

Click on the link next to each company and it will take you directly to their site.

Happy Gardening and Happy Shopping!

 

U.S. Seed Companies

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

I can’t say enough about this company. I’ve been ordering seeds from them for years and every year I am more and more impressed by their selection. They strive to preserve endangered and rare seeds and travel the globe yearly, to discover new and unknown foods or varieties. Seeds have excellent germination and shipping costs are extremely reasonable. Check out their printed and online catalogue for the most vivid and beautiful photography. Printed catalogue comes with growing tips and interesting historical facts.

Grab a tea, coffee or a glass of wine, then relax with their one-inch thick catalogue. It’s a feast for the eyes!

Please note that they now have a two year guarantee on all of their seeds, guaranteed to germinate.

Website: http://www.rareseeds.com/

Ships to Canada.

Fedco Seeds

I haven’t ordered from this company in the past, but have heard many good things about them. Fedco is comprised of 5 divisions; Fedco Seeds, Moose Tubers, Organic Growers Supply, Fedco Trees and Fedco Bulbs. With these 5 divisions, there is a lot to choose from. Fedco is one of the only cooperative seed companies in the US, where consumers own 60% of the company, through becoming a Consumer Member.

Website: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/

Ships to Canada.

High Mowing Organic Seeds

I have been ordering from this company for several years now and I’ve always been very happy with their selection and excellent seed germination rates. I love that all their seeds are organic. High Mowing is located in Wolcott, Vermont, which has a hardiness zone of 4a. Since many of their seeds are grown in their area, the seeds are adapted to a cooler growing zone, making it an ideal choice for gardeners in the Northeast.

Website: https://www.highmowingseeds.com/

Shipping is free, including orders to Canada.

Hudson Valley Seed Company

I was introduced to this company at a large Home & Garden show in Toronto. Their seeds were being sold at the Toronto Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. I fell in love with their seed packets right away, for how beautiful they are! Hudson Valley Seed Co. commissions artists to design the artwork for their seed packets. Fourteen artists are selected every year and their artwork becomes part of a travelling art exhibit. Since my first experience with them, it has become one of my favourite seed companies. I try to order seeds from them every year.

Websitehttp://hudsonvalleyseed.com/

Ships to Canada.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

I highly recommend this seed company for not only their amazing selection of seeds, but also their gardening tools. Their tools and supplies are well thought out, making them ergonomically comfortable to use. Many of the tools have been created specifically for and by this company and are exclusive to them. This is an ideal company for the backyard gardener, as well as Market Farmer. They have many hybrid varieties that have been bred to grow under stressful disease conditions, including a number that are exclusive to them.

Website: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

Ships to Canada.

Renees Garden Seeds

This company easily has the most beautiful collection of flower seeds, I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across! Many of the seeds offered by this seed company have been sourced from growers around the world. The seeds are then tested in various trial gardens throughout the U.S., to ensure they will grow and perform in various climate zones. All seed packets are designed with a beautiful watercolour botanical illustration.

Websitehttps://www.reneesgarden.com/

Ships to Canada.

Secret Seed Cartel

I was introduced to this company through an online friend. I haven’t yet ordered from them, but I’m hoping to do so this year. This company is owned by a seed activist, who supplies some of the most unusual and rare tomato varieties, like the ‘Work Release Tomato’. This variety came from an Italian inmate of the Hudson Correctional Facility in Hudson, New York, who’s family brought seeds from Italy. Apparently, he grew these tomatoes in the jail garden. Secret Seed Cartel primarily carries unusual and uncommon tomato varieties, along with some other vegetables, like beans, peas, cucumbers and squash. All seeds are organic and non-GMO.

Website: http://secretseedcartel.com/

Ships to Canada.

Seed Savers Exchange

This company has an amazing story. It was founded in Missouri, Iowa in 1975, when two seed varieties were passed to them for preservation. Seed Savers Exchange became a refuge for many other seeds that came to America by immigrants from other countries. Today, they have a collection of 20,000 plant varieties, including many heritage apple trees. If you become a member, you will have access to the member-to-member seed exchange.

Website: http://www.seedsavers.org/

Ships to Canada.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

I have never ordered from this company, but I’ve come across many recommendations. It has many seeds suited for warmer states, yet also carry varieties that may grow well in the northern states. They have a gorgeous seed catalogue and lovely selection of vegetables, flowers and a thorough selection of herbs.

Website: https://www.southernexposure.com/

Ships to Canada.

Wild Garden Seeds

This is my go-to seed company when I’m looking for the most interesting and beautiful salad greens! Frank Morton, co-owner of this seed company, is behind many of the interesting on-farm breeding projects, which have created the most beautiful varieties offered by his company. I’ve always had excellent germination from the seeds purchased from them and have been extremely satisfied.

Websitehttps://www.wildgardenseed.com/

Ships to Canada.

Canadian Seed Companies

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West Coast Seeds

I have been ordering from this company for several years now and have always been impressed by their selection and excellent germination rates. The seed varieties are incredible. They offer many old fashioned flower seeds, along with an extensive selection of herbs, vegetables and microgreens. If you have any growing questions, they provide a lot of support on their site, with growing tips for all their vegetables, herbs and flowers, from A-Z.

Website: https://www.westcoastseeds.com/

Ships to U.S.

Halifax Seeds

Halifax Seeds is located in, you guessed it, Halifax, Nova Scotia! They are a family-owned seed company. Established in 1866, they offer a wide selection of vegetables, herbs and flower seeds. I was excited to see that they also carry a wide range of Suttons Seeds out of the U.K., a collection of the “Homegrown Revolution by James Wong”, along with the “Homegrown Seed Collection by P. Allen Smith”. If you’re looking for something special, you need to check out this seed company!

Website: https://halifaxseed.ca/

Ships to U.S.

Richters Herbs

This company specializes in herbs, from culinary to medicinal and everything in between! They have an extensive list of unusual, rare and exotic vegetable and herb seeds.

Website: https://www.richters.com/

Richters Herbs also sells live plants, that ship to both Canada and the U.S.

Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds

This is another seed company where I had the privilege of meeting the owner and viewing their seed cleaning operation. Hawthorn farm is a certified organic seed grower, which takes extra special care to ensure high seed germination rates and high quality supply. They strive to preserve endangered varieties and teach seed saving workshops and offer farm tours. They carry some unusual varieties like the ‘Mexican Sour Gherkin’, ‘Tongue of Fire’ fresh shelling bean, Cardoon and Black Hollyhocks.

Websitehttps://hawthornfarm.ca/

Ships only within Canada.

Heritage Harvest Seed

I love the heirloom/heritage seed varieties offered by this seed company. They only sell open-pollinated, heirloom seeds and offer over 700 varieties. They have an extensive offering of beans, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, radishes, squash and many more. If you’re looking for a rare or historical variety, check out this seed company!

Website: https://www.heritageharvestseed.com/

Ships only within Canada.

Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes

This is my “go-to” seed potato supplier. Eagle Creek has been operating for over 30 years and has the largest offering of seed potatoes in Canada. They have fingerling and heritage varieties, along with early, mid and late season potato varieties.

Websitehttps://www.seedpotatoes.ca/

Ships only within Canada.

Urban Harvest

A seed company located in Toronto, Urban Harvest is 100% certified organic. I have been growing seeds from this company for many years. I love their extensive selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Beautiful packaging and excellent germination rates.

Website: http://uharvest.ca/shop/

Salt Spring Seeds

Located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, they are an organic seed company, that grows and sells its own seeds. In addition to vegetables, herbs and flowers, Salt Spring Seed offers an extensive list of beans, grains and pulses. If you’re looking to grow chickpeas, lentils and fava beans, this is where your search should begin.

Website: https://www.saltspringseeds.com/

Ships to U.S.

William Dam Seeds

A local seed company in Southern Ontario, they’ve been in business for over 60 years. Excellent selection of seed varieties for vegetables, herbs, flowers, climbers and vines, grasses and ornamentals. They also have seed starting supplies and much more!

Website: http://www.damseeds.ca/productcart/pc/home.asp

Ships to U.S.

Veseys

This seed company has a beautiful collection of spring bulbs and flowers. If you haven’t seen their catalogue, I highly recommend you order a free copy today. Beautiful vivid pages display tempting flower varieties, that are hard to resist. In addition to flowers, they have an impressive selection of fruit and berries plants. Looking for vegetable and herb seeds, they have that too! Then, if you’re needing any seed starting supplies or equipment, Vesey’s can help you with that, as well.

Websitehttp://www.veseys.com/ca/en/

Ship seeds to Canada and U.S. All live plant material is shipped to Canada only.

Botanus Inc.

This company offers the most beautiful bulbs and perennial flowers. Beautiful photos delight and inspire. If you’re looking for something special, you’ll find it here. Excellent customer service. I highly recommend them!

Websitehttps://www.botanus.com/

Ships only within Canada.