Buying herb seeds requires taking several factors into consideration. Narrowing down your selection of herbs may seem daunting at first, as there are many interesting herbs to plant. Consider whether you want culinary herbs, tea herbs or perhaps aromatic herbs for making soaps and homemade cosmetics. Once you have narrowed your focus, seed selection should be relatively simple. Then it will only be a matter of purchasing the seeds you have selected so you can begin planting.
Decide on the kinds of herbs you want to plant. Take stock of the sun and shade in your yard, since most herbs prefer full sun. Consider whether you are comfortable with conventional seeds or wish to seek out only organic seeds for your garden.
Check your local garden centers, home improvement stores and supermarkets at the beginning of planting season. Acclimate yourself to what herb seeds are available and their prices. Compile a list so that you can compare prices to find the best ones.
Speak to neighbors, friends and family who also garden. Ask where they usually buy their herb seeds. If they grow specialty herbs and save seeds from them, see if you can buy some seeds directly from them.
Consult garden specialty catalogs when looking for exotic herbs that you cannot find locally. Check online seed vendors for these as well.