It's time to start thinking about spring and planning ahead for your next garden.

Depending on your growing zone, your first estimated frost date may be quickly approaching. While others are content with tilling over their summer gardens, the rest of us know it's the best time to start shopping.

There's nothing more frustrating than trying to grow that super-sweet tomato your neighbor keeps bragging about, only to be thwarted when it comes to finding the actual seeds. If you wait until spring, all of the best varieties will be hard to find, so start doing your homework now. Here are some great, reputable vendors if you prefer to do your browsing online.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

This family-run company carries over 1200 varieties of heirloom and rare seeds from all over the world. You can even find veggies hailing back to the 19th century!

The best part is, each product comes with a picture and a story. As soon as you put your first packet of seeds in your online cart, a freebie is added as a thank you gift. You can't beat that with a stick!


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Hudson Valley Seed Company

Consider this a one-stop shop for seeds and all sorts of flower bulbs. You can find everything from your favorite vegetables to gorgeous spring flowers and everything in between.

This New York-based company is currently shipping on a slight delay, but the wait is worth it!


Courtesy of Hudson Valley Seed Company


Even the greenest gardeners know the Burpee name. With over 140 years of experience in the seed-selling business, this is one of the biggest companies on the market right now. You can't go wrong with Burpee seeds.


Courtesy of Burpee

Whether you're buying just a little or enough for your whole garden, make sure you cover all your bases. Tomatoes, hot peppers, corn, and melon are notorious best-sellers in the seed world and the trendy varieties sell out quickly. You've been warned!

Will you be buying ahead for your 2021 garden? What's on your shopping list? Let us know in the comments!