Redwood City Seed Company

Hot peppers and native grasses are specialties of the Redwood City Seed Company. The site includes a page of pepper photographs and an extremely valuable page on growing peppers from seed, as well as advice on pepper culture. If peppers is your thing — especially hot peppers — then this specialty seed company is for you. Pepper seeds are offered by individual variety and grouped as collections.

(Heirloom) (Botanic Names: yes) USA

Salt Spring Seeds:

This is the site for an ambitious project: “maintaining, evaluating and keeping databases for all the edible, medicinal and useful crops that can be grown in Canada.” The database project is operated by a nonprofit organization affiliated with Salt Spring Seeds. The selection of wheat varieties is impressive. The online catalogue, however, is a little rough around the edges — plant descriptions range from minimal to extensive. As a Canadian company with an interest in Canadian crops, the selections offered are appropriate for northern climates. On my most recent visit to the site there was a notice stating that they can no longer ship seeds to the US. The site is worth a visit, regardless, and hopefully this will change and they will once again be able to ship to American clients. (Heirloom) (Botanic names: yes) Canada

Shepherd’s Garden Seeds

This is part of White Flour Farms. It can be frustratingly difficult to find the seed information on their web site. If you can’t find it, then call customer service and ordera a catalog. The vegetable seed selection is good and the information about each of the vegetables is excellent. There is an emphasis on European market vegetables, particularly from France and Italy. A few years after selling her seed company to White Flour Farms, Renée Sheperd started a new company, called Renées Garden. You will find this company in the list, above.
(Botanic names: no) USA

Siegers Seeds

This seed company is for farmers. Small quantities of seeds are not sold. When appropriate, seeds are identified as hybrid or open pollinated. Sieger’s specializes in market vegetables for the Eastern United States and Canada. Siegers has been in business since the early 20th century.

(Botanic names: no) USA

Stellar Seeds

This small seed company offers a careful selection of organic seeds. The web site is well organized and beautifully illustrated .Stellar Seeds is associated with Left Fields, “a diversified organic farm nestled at the base of Squilax Mountain, perched above Shuswap Lake, a stone’s throw from the village of Sorrento, British Columbia.” Plant descriptions are lively and personal.

(Botanic names: yes) Canada

Territorial Seeds

A fabulous company based in Oregon serving home gardeners and small farmers. The web site is particularly well organized — a model for what online vegetable seed catalogs should be like. This is a good company to order from if you live where the summer’s are cool. They have an excellent selection in all categories of short-season vegetables. There is a separate section of the web site devoted to growing instructions. I use this section of the Territorial Seeds site as a reference book.

(Botanic names: yes) USA