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It's official: the homegrown vegetable garden is making a major comeback this spring. With many of us spending more time at home and grocery shopping requiring extra precautions, many Americans are starting their own vegetable gardens, some for the very first time. According to Jack Whettam, sales and marketing manager at Hudson Valley Seed Co, orders have increased "by orders of magnitude" this year, and other seed companies report similar spikes in sales.

Because there’s never been a better time to start a vegetable garden.

While many seed companies experienced shipping delays or had to take a short break to catch up on shipments earlier this April, most are currently back to accepting new orders. Translation: now is a great time to order and start planting all of those tomato, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. Buy vegetable seeds online at the sources below, then consult our month-by-month guide to learn what to plant when.

“With a great variety of seeds, this site offers detailed growing information as well as growers profiles to provide more insight.”

Variety of products

The Home Depot

Focus on environmentally responsible growing

To take the overall natural aesthetic in your home and garden to new heights, popular retailer Terrain has seed kits, gifts, decor, and furniture to make your garden your new oasis. Popular options include seeds to attract pollinators, cut flower seeds, vegetable garden seeds, seed patches, and seed paper.

Some limits on orders

Plus, I’ll send you my “In the Garden E-mail” on Fridays, periodic updates on garden resources relevant to you, and get access to my entire bank of free garden downloads!

But, in my experience, seeds purchased at big-box stores simply do not germinate as well as some of the options I’ll share below. In fact, it wasn’t until I started purchasing from reputable online seed companies did I realize what a difference a good quality seed source makes.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is one of the most popular heirloom seed companies in the US. With a drool-worthy full-color seed catalog, you are certain to find plenty of options for your garden. These seeds always perform well in my garden, given I have done the research to choose varieties suitable for my area.

Buy smart by planning your garden first.

Online reviews are also a great source of help in choosing your seeds. I like to read the reviews at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and scan for reviews from gardeners with a similar climate to mine. I did this when deciding which new pole bean variety to try.

Don’t underestimate the importance of growing crops suited for your climate. As a gardener in the southeast, I’ve enjoyed the peace of mind that comes from buying from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Even if you’re not in the Southeast, look for reputable seed companies in your area for climate-specific varieties.

Many towns will offer seed swaps, where gardeners who have saved open-pollinated seeds will share their excess with others. I’ve also seen seed swaps online.

Now, all isn’t rosy in the online and seed catalog world. Too much selection can prove daunting for a beginning gardener. And you may not know what will grow best in your region. You’ll also pay a bit more and in most cases, you’ll have to pay a modest amount for shipping.