Growing organic plants begins with planting certified organic seeds and seedlings. These seeds are harvested from plants raised without synthetic chemicals, fungicides, pesticides, or fertilizers applied to them or the seed crops before sale. If you can’t find a local source, then check out these online sellers.
Seeds of Change offers more than 600 distinct varieties of 100 percent certified organically grown seeds for the home gardener. Pick from varieties of gourmet leafy greens, culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, and vegetables. You can also get a jump start on planting if you purchase seedlings, which make it easy to grow some of the perennials and herbs that are trickier to propagate from seeds. Check out their handy combination six-packs, such as the salsa pack that includes seedlings of all the right tomatoes and chile peppers for making your own dipping sauces. Go to http://www.seedsofchange.com.
Wild Garden Seed is a seed farm in Oregon certified organic since 1987. All their seed is open pollinated, untreated, and germ tested, an ecological approach that Wild Garden says produces “fat seeds with exceptional seedling vigor, a key trait for organic crop success.” Go to http://www.wildgardenseed.com.