The Best Heirloom (Heritage) Seeds

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Without heirloom seed companies, winter gardening would be a dull subject. We wouldn’t need to order ahead or debate between tomato varieties (‘Amish Orange Sherbet’ vs. ‘Black Brandywine’ vs. ‘White Wax’…), or otherwise find entertainment in bizarre vegetable names.

Heirloom Tomatoes by Lisa Clarke
Lobelia Seeds by Dwight Sipler

To join this increasingly-popular winter hobby, check out the following heirloom seed companies and begin ordering seeds for your garden:

Oldest American company (since 1917) – Kitazawa Seed Company

100% organic – High Mowing Organic Seeds

Tomato specialty – Gary Ibsen’s TomatoFest

Potato specialty – Wood Prairie Farm

Bean specialty – Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center

Rare varieties – Amishland Heirloom Seeds

Historically Native American – Native Seeds

Non-profit organization – Seed Savers Exchange

Based in Europe – Seeds of Italy

Large selection – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Includes live plants – Territorial Seed Company

Microtom sprout by Clayton O'Neill

You can find a longer list of heirloom companies and descriptions here.


Money Plant by woodleywonderworks

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