How to Buy Herb Seeds

Overview

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Consult garden specialty catalogs when looking for exotic herbs that you cannot find locally. Check online seed vendors for these as well.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid the urge to plant before the last frost date in your area. While some herbs are perennials, they must first be mature and established before facing their first frost. Even if the weather becomes unseasonably warm early in the season, remember that sudden frosts can kill tender seedlings.

References

  • Kids Gardening: Creating Herb Gardens
  • The Ultimate Herb Book; Antony Atha; 2001
  • University of Illinois Extension: Organic Seed Resource Guide
  • West Virginia University Extension Service: That Devilish Parsley

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
  • United States Department of Agriculture: Cooperative Extension System Offices
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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication CarEnvy.ca. Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.