Every year I buy seed to try, testing the germination rate, so I can recommend sources you may not have tried in the past. Most of the companies listed below charge under $5 shipping for small orders. Hopefully, this list includes some that are new to you.
Bountiful Gardens - heirloom seeds including Creasy Greens medicinal and culinary herbs. The Cold Comfort collection includes Echinacea, mint, yarrow, horehound, catnip, chamomile and hyssop, $11. www.bountifulgardens.org and 707-459-6410.
Chiltern Seeds, England - unique flower and vegetable varieties for U.S. gardeners, including Pumpkin Nuts, a peel-less pumpkin grown for its seeds which can be eaten without peeling. Request the vegetable catalog www.chilternseeds.co.uk and 44-1229-581137
Fedco has 4 divisions: Seeds, tubers, organics, trees and bulbs. Vegetables include Poona Kheera cucumbers and Scorzonera Spanish parsnips. Flowers include Dyer’s Broom and Japanese Indigo. www.fedcoseeds.com and 207-873-7333
Hometown Seeds of Orem UT - non-hybrid varieties plus Survival Seeds collections: 16 varieties $40 and 35 for $100. Seed combinations include Salsa Value Pack and Fruit Lovers Value Pack. www.hometownseeds.com and 888-433-3106
Johnny Select Seeds - flower, herb and vegetable seeds, organic and pelleted seeds, supplies, greenhouse equipment, tools, etc. www.johnnyseed.com and 800-792-0053
Kitazawa Seed - seeds for greens, beans, melons and Vietnamese herbs. Listings include Chrysanthemum greens, Ping-Tung Long Taiwan eggplant and Fluffy Top Kaisin Hakusai cabbage. www.kitazawaseed.com and 510-595-1188
Lost Creek Shitake Mushroom Farm - log and seed kits. http://shiitakemushroomlog.com and 800-792-0053
Pinetree Garden - vegetable seed company that offers 12 tobacco varieties. The Micro Green packets offer combinations of salad greens for $2 or $3. www.superseeds.com and 207-926-3400
Renee’s Garden - heirloom flower, herb and vegetable seeds. Collections include Fragrance Garden, Children’s Garden and Fabulous and Unusual Annuals. $14 www.reneesgarden.com and 888-880-7228
Sand Hill Preservation - rare seeds and poultry varieties that they call genetic treasures. Seeds include Naranjilla, Alabama Coschatta flint corn, Black African sorghum and Insuks Wang Kong beans. www.sandhillpreservation.com and 563-246-2299
Seed Savers Exchange is all organic, including tomatoes, garlic, and flowers. Collections include Heirloom Lettuce and Heritage Farm Favorites, $14. Seedlings are $3 each and shipments begin late March. www.seedsavers.org and 563-382-5990
Territorial Seeds - all seeds including open pollinated, pelleted, flowers, vegetables, herbs, etc. The Chef de Cuisine Spring Greens Collection includes 12 gourmet salad greens, bio film, Reemay, copper plant tags and a colander, $72. www.territorialseed.com and 800-626-0866
Thompson and Morgan - organic seed plus annuals and perennials. They also have a product called Easy Starts, a tray of seedlings that they grow from seed. 42 Echinacea seedlings $20 and 42 Delphinium seedlings $23. www.tmseeds.com and 800-274-7333
Jill Henderson, editor of Show Me Oz blog (http://showmeoz.wordpress.com), developed a regional seed and plant provider list. I have not grown seeds from any of these vendors.
CAHH Seed Bank, U of Central Arkansas, http://arkansasagro.wordpress.com/seed-bank/
Giant Watermelons, Hope AR, http://www.giantwatermelons.com/
Granny’s Heirloom Seeds, Bolivar, MO, www.grannysheirloomseeds.com/
Heirloom Acres Seeds, New Bloomfield MO, 573-491-3001 and www.heirloomacresseeds.com
Heirloom Seed Shop, Norfolk AR Food Bank, 870-499-7358 and www.foodbanknca.org/seed_blog
Hummert Seeds, St. Joseph MO, 800-383-0865 and www.hummertseed.com
Morgan County Seeds, Barnett MO, 573-378-2655 and www.morgancountyseeds.com/
One Garden – Ozark Seed Bank, Brixey MO, 417-679-1003 and www.one-garden.org
White Harvest Seed, Hartville, MO, 866-424-3185 and www.whiteharvestseed.com
There are hundreds of seed companies so this list is incomplete. What are your favorites?