Where To Buy Local Seeds For Your Garden
The frost starts to melt. The sun begins to warm. The days get longer. Soon you start getting the itch to plant your spring garden. Start writing that wish list for garden seeds! When it’s time to shop, you may wonder where the best place is to shop for seeds. We’re partial to shopping local and we’d love to share all you should know about buying local seeds for your garden.
Why You Should Buy Local Seeds For Your Garden
With the boom of online sales and fast shipping, online shopping is the go-to for, well, everything. Seeds are no exception. However, is buying seeds online really the best decision? Buying locally has a lot of advantages, and in our experience, is really the best way to build your seed library. If you haven’t thought of buying local seeds for your garden, we’re here to show you why buying local seeds for your garden makes perfect sense.
You Know Exactly What You Are Getting
The most difficult part about shopping online is you can’t touch and feel products. Seeds are especially difficult because you are reliant on the honesty and integrity of the company you purchase from. (Remember that whole debacle about seeds from China?) If you happen to get the wrong seeds, you have the potential of missing the proper planting timeline, and returns can become a hassle. When you buy local seeds for your garden, you can return or exchange purchases without affecting your garden planting timeline.
No Invasive Species
This is an incredibly important reason to buy local. We cannot express just how important it is for all gardeners to understand local garden species. Each region in the US has a list of plants that are considered an invasive species. Depending on where you live, this list changes. Planting one invasive species can wreak havoc on your personal garden and even cause damage to your immediate neighbors and community.
Adaptive Species Equal More Success
On the opposite end of the invasive species spectrum, local growers and landscapers will know which species have become adaptive to your region. Some local growers may even carry hybrids that were specifically designed to prosper in your exact climate and soil. Adaptive species garden seeds will ensure a higher success rate in your garden and ensure you don’t negatively affect native plants or wildlife.
Supporting Local Community
Never underestimate the power of supporting your local community. Garden stores and local nurseries don’t often sell their products online. They rely heavily on the local community to walk into their store front and purchase goods. It’s beneficial to buy products from someone who lives and gardens in the same region as you.
Expert Advice From Local Growers
Knowledge is power should be the motto for gardening. Farmers and home gardeners do not need to start from scratch with seed knowledge. We have thousands of growing years to learn from. When you buy seeds locally, you have immediate access to a wealth of knowledge from the seller. Being able to seek advice for your exact region and growing zone is essential. Local nurseries will be more knowledgeable regarding invasive species, adaptive species, and local climate changes that would affect growing. You can also lean on the expertise of a local landscaper who spends day after day in gardens just like yours. They will know which seeds will be most successful and which ones are illegal or dangerous to plant.
Seeds For Your Garden: Buy Online Or Local
We all love the convenience of buying online. You don’t even have to put on pants to buy new pants! While there are trustworthy garden seed retailers online, most of them won’t be local to your climate or growing zone. It will require a lot of education on your part before you shop.
Big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot aren’t a bad place to buy seeds for your new garden. They will have the most common selection of seeds and plants. While some home improvement stores try to carry stock that is specific to its location, it isn’t a guarantee. If you choose to shop at your local Lowes or Home Depot, stick with basic seeds such as tomatoes, salad greens, root veggies and melons.
When it is time to buy seeds for your garden, going local is the best choice. Local nurseries and garden stores will ensure you are buying garden seeds that are healthy and adaptive species for your area. This will help prevent you from accidentally purchasing an invasive weed or dangerous plant.
The best choice overall would be to hire a local landscaper. Landscaping companies live and play in your local dirt each and every day. They will know every detail necessary to help you grow the perfect garden while protecting your community. They can even direct you to the best local seed suppliers.
Big Rock Landscaping: Your Utah Landscaping Experts
Big Rock Landscaping makes it our priority to ensure your garden is successful, beautiful, and beneficial to your family, landscape, and community. Here at Big Rock Landscaping, we are certified arborists, as well as members of Plant Wise Utah. We make it our mission to understand the intricacies of plants and how they can thrive in Utah. Don’t let your landscaping ideas and projects overwhelm you. Let us do the dirty work, so you can sit back and watch your landscaping dreams come to life.
Sure our name is Big Rock Landscaping, but we do so much more than just landscaping. Reach out for a consultation at any time! We’re happy to have a chat and discuss your needs regarding design, garden planning, flowers, trees and whatever else you need. We’re even here to help eat your garden bounty . . . I mean . . . if you want.