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Buying Organic & Heritage Herb Seeds Online

Updated on February 13, 2010

If you live in a region such as I do, buying heritage plants and seeds may be difficult. The local nurseries do not carry seeds nor do they have a large selection of organic plants. I prefer to start my plants either from seeds I have saved myself or from companies that sell heritage seeds.

There are a number of seed companies online that sell heritage seed. The package must be marked heritage for it to be authentic.

Heirloom seeds come from plant varieties have been grown for several generations. Heritage seeds are open-pollinated by wind and insects. This means that you can plant them and be certain that you will get what you want.

Seeds of Diversity http://www.seeds.ca/ is a good source of information about heritage plants and if you are interested in saving and exchanging seeds then you may want to consider becoming a member.

West Coast seeds are a British Columbia company that sell organic and heritage seeds. Their website has useful information that will help you make your choices.

Terra Edibles is another personal favourite.

These two companies are not the only source of heritage seeds but if you live in Canada they are a good palce to begin your search for an online seed source.

I have seen heritage seeds offered on eBay and if the seeds are what you want and the price including shipping and handling is fair then this is a trusted source.

The best way to proceed if you plant to purchase heritage seeds from an online source is to first make a list of the seeds you want. Then with the seed list handy begin your online search. I would visit three different companies and compare prices be sure to remember to compare the shipping costs.

The age of the seeds is important when where they packed. This is an important question to ask if the information provided is not provided and if the seeds are not coming from an established seed catalogue such as the ones I mentioned.

While seeds can remain viable for some years the longer they are kept they lower their germination rate may be. If the seeds have been sitting in a rack in bright and warm conditions then they may not be as fertile as you would like them to be.

When you buy seeds from a seed company in person you can read the pack and see how they are being stored, online you can not, so ask.

If the company you purchase your seeds from is reputable buying heritage seeds online is a good way to get what a thriving garden needs.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for adding them here, looks good. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Bob 7 years ago

    It's funny that I came across this hub. I just received my catalogue from hope seeds in New Brunswick. http://www.hopeseed.com

    They have some interesting seeds I am going to order this year.

    I am going to check out the other sites you mention here.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Very good info! Nice hub! Thanks Bob...

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree; saving seeds from plants I grow is an important aprt of gardening, thanks for droping by.

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    CennyWenny 7 years ago from Washington

    Thanks Bob, I'm always trying to improve my garden and to me heritage seeds are a big improvement over hybrid plants.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening and thanks for dropping by.

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    Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Cool hub, Bob. You are the go to man for gardening!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thanks for dropping by.

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    Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    Having good seed is important in this day and age with all of the weather challenges to our vegetables...great hub!! We should all try to start our own veggie garden to be able to feed ourselves in case the stores get too expensive...or have not the supply.....Great Hub!!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the input,and thanks for dropping by.

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    Cedar Cove Farm 7 years ago from Southern Missouri

    May I offer another heirloom seed company? Baker Creek Heirloom seed company, located in Mansfield, MO. To my understanding, they are the second largest in America. I know the young man travels the world to find rare, heritage seeds. Do a google search to get their exact web address. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Interesting information and helpful. Thank you

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    Amber Higgins 7 years ago from West Coast USA

    Thanks for the info,very helpful and an enjoyable read.