Updated: I realized my links weren’t working. Sorry for that! I think they’re fixed now.
When we moved out here in 2014, I decided to start growing everything from seed. Before then, I bought little baby plants from nurseries and while they were a success, I wanted more variety and more control over what I was growing. I dove head first into researching Canadian seed companies and through a course I was taking at the time, found a whole booklet of companies. Unfortunately, many of these companies didn’t have websites and I’m a little lazy so I didn’t feel like calling them all to see if they’d ship me a seed catalogue. Not having a website made it very easy to narrow down my choices. Originally I was planning to stick with only companies in Ontario, but I was tempted by pretty pictures and different plant varieties all over this great country, so I expanded my search.
Over the past 4 years, I’ve whittled down the list of companies I order from, mostly to save money on shipping. There are a lot more companies out there, but this list is made up of companies I’ve ordered from and have had good experiences with.
A couple of notes:
1. Not all of these companies ship internationally. Many of them will ship seeds to other countries, but can’t ship garlic, seed potatoes, or any live plants out of the country.
2. Be aware of what’s native in your area. I order from companies on either coast, but what’s native there likely won’t thrive here. Since I’m mostly ordering veggies, I don’t worry about it too much, but if I were ordering ornamental or perennial plants, I would try to stick with ‘Native to my area’ plants.
3. I try to order organically grown, open-pollinated seeds as much as possible. Not all of these companies are certified organic, but many of them follow good, sustainable practices. Many of them are also small, family operated businesses and it always feels good to support ‘mom and pop shops’. While I may not be shopping locally, I do like shopping from small companies as much as possible.
And now (drumroll please):
There are also some larger companies that I’ve ordered from that have great customer service and a wide range of gardening products and books. Some of them also provide great gardening resources as well.
And for your organic fertilizers and microbial inoculates:
Are there any companies you could add to this list? Please share!